Students hanging out in New Hall quad


Organizations, Activities and Events

The University offers numerous opportunities to make connections, to honor excellence and to develop deeper understandings of our community, our world and ourselves through participation in activities, organizations and events.

Alumni Association

The Alumni Association serves all constituents who demonstrate an interest and commitment in support of the University’s mission. Supported by the Alumni Office, the Alumni Association represents alumni from all disciplines, undergraduate and graduate. The Alumni Association values the rich diversity of its membership and provides continuing support through its programs and involvement opportunities. These programs can address the specific needs of the individual groups within the alumni and at the same time work for institutional advancement and enhancement.

Alumni and Family Weekend

This program connects families with all the different people who make up our dedicated and diverse University community. We value the student’s family as the cornerstone for the student’s ongoing success in his/her academic pursuits and look forward to making families feel “at home” with our campus and our community. One of our core values is a commitment to build an interactive, interdisciplinary community of learners, which can only be accomplished with the support of all those involved in the lives of our NDNU undergraduates. Alumni are invited back to reconnect with their classmates and to offer their insights to current students.

Associated Students of Notre Dame de Namur University (ASNDNU)

The Associated Students of Notre Dame de Namur University (ASNDNU) is the official student governing body of the University. ASNDNU represents the interests of all students through its participation in the governance of the University. ASNDNU also charters numerous clubs and organizations representing students’ cultural, academic, and social interests. All students enrolled at the University are welcome to participate in weekly Senate meetings.


At the end of each Spring semester, the University honors its graduates with a commencement ceremony held on the NDNU campus. (See the Academic Calendar for dates.) The ceremony features a procession of the University’s graduates, faculty, administration, Board of Trustees, and honorees. The program is highlighted by speeches from a graduating undergraduate and graduate student along with a distinguished invited speaker. The ceremony concludes with the conferring of degrees.


The University celebrates the beginning of each academic year with this formal gathering that includes an academic procession, a featured speaker, and a welcome to the new students from the President, Provost and campus community.

Honor Societies

Notre Dame de Namur University offers membership in the following honor societies:

Alpha Mu Gamma

Alpha Mu Gamma is the national language honor society. The NDNU – Belmont chapter, Alpha Delta, is open to men and women. The purpose of Alpha Mu Gamma is the recognition of linguistic achievement, the encouragement of interest in the languages, literatures and civilization of other peoples, and the furthering of the ideals of friendship and international understanding. For membership, a student must have two college “A’s” and one college “B” in the same language, each representing 3 units, or two high school “A’s” may replace one college “B.” One need not be a language major or even be continuing courses in the language. There are special conditions for international students.

Delta Epsilon Sigma

Established in 1971, the Delta Zeta Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national honor society for men and women of Catholic colleges and universities. The chapter recognizes academic accomplishments, fosters scholarly activities and provides an intellectual meeting ground for its members. Juniors and seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in the major and in the general education program may be nominated after one semester of residence. Graduate students who have achieved a GPA of 3.9 or higher become eligible for nomination at the time of the graduation audit.

Kappa Gamma Pi 

Membership in Kappa Gamma Pi, the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society, is awarded to 10 percent of the men and women of the senior class who have distinguished themselves by high academic rank and outstanding leadership, faith and service to the wider community in the search for justice, compassion and wisdom.

Lambda Pi Eta

The Alpha Beta Gamma chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the official Communication National Honor Society, began in May 2004. The Greek letters represent what Aristotle described in his book of rhetoric as the three ingredients of persuasion: Logos (Lambda) meaning logic, Pathos (Pi) relating to emotion and Ethos (Eta) defined as character, credibility and ethics.  For membership, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher with 60 semester or 90 quarter credit hours completed and a GPA of 3.25 or higher in communication studies courses with 12 semester or 18 quarter credit hours completed.

Omicron Delta Kappa 

Omicron Delta Kappa Society, Inc. is the National Leadership Honor Society for college students. The Notre Dame de Namur University circle of Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character. Membership in

ODK is a mark of highest distinction and honor. The Society recognizes achievement in scholarship, athletics, campus or community service, social and religious activities, campus government, journalism, speech, the mass media and the creative and performing arts. Emphasis is placed on the development of the whole person, both as a member of the college community and as a contributor to a better society.

Psi Chi

Established in 1995, the campus chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, stimulates professional growth through extracurricular programs and activities and provides practical experience and fellowship through participation in local, regional, and national conferences. Undergraduate students may apply for membership with the completion of at least four psychology courses, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a psychology GPA of 3.8 or higher. Graduate students may apply for membership with the completion of four psychology courses and a cumulative (psychology) GPA of 3.8 of higher.

Sigma Beta Delta

Sigma Beta Delta is a national honor society in business, management and administration. Its purpose is to encourage and recognize scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management and administration as well as to encourage and promote aspirations toward personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate business administration students who rank in the top 20 percent of the School of Business and Management.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The Athletics Department provides students with a competitive sports program that is consistent with the University’s mission of education of the whole person. Intercollegiate athletics plays a large part in the student-athlete’s overall collegiate educational experience. Student-athletes are students first, athletes second. Success is measured not only by wins but also by the development of skill, the cultivation of team and community spirit and the ability to achieve a productive academic and personal life. See Undergraduate Policies and Procedures for information on eligibility. For more information, contact Athletic Director Josh Doody at

NDNU sponsors the following sports:

  • Men’s and Women’s basketball
  • Men’s and Women’s cross country
  • Men’s and Women’s soccer
  • Men’s golf
  • Men’s lacrosse
  • Women’s softball
  • Women’s tennis
  • Women’s volleyball

Study Abroad and Off-campus Study

NDNU offers opportunities for students to study abroad for a summer, semester or year. The University has affiliations with a wide variety of programs throughout the world.

Students can receive full credit and transfer financial aid while attending accredited universities abroad. Students can also earn credit for participating in internships and service-learning projects. A study abroad program must be approved by the study abroad advisor and by the student’s major advisor. Information and guidance on the study abroad programs is available from the Study Abroad Office.

Students at NDNU may also study off-campus for a semester or year at one of its sister colleges, Trinity College in Washington, D.C., or Emmanuel College in Boston. Students participating in these programs can transfer credits and financial aid and need not file for an official leave of absence. Students also have the opportunity to attend the Washington Semester Program. The University has an institutional agreement to nominate students each year to participate in this program through American University in Washington, D.C.

NDNU faculty also organize programs for students abroad. Students can receive credit for participating in trips and service projects. In recent years, trips to Italy and a project in Guadalajara, Mexico have offered valuable off-campus experiences for students.

Visiting Scholars Program

The Sr. Catharine Julie Cunningham Endowed Chair, dedicated to the late president of College of Notre Dame, brings regional and national scholars to campus.

Notables appearing in past years include Linda Darling-Hammod, education professor and reformer; Michelle Richmond, author; Seamus Heaney, poet; Dr. Robert Bellah, sociologist; Dr. Manuel C. Velásquez, ethicist; Dr. Ilan Chabay, scientist and science educator; Dr. Joan F. Burke, SND; Dr. Harry Edwards, sociologist; Dr. Stephen Greenblatt, Shakespearean scholar; Dr. David Thornburg, futurist; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, economist; Dr. Clayborne Carson, historian and editor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project; Jon Carroll, San Francisco Chronicle columnist; Sr. Mary Orna, analytical chemist/chemistry of color; Dr. Linda Gantt, psychologist/use of art therapy in trauma; John Walker, artist; Dr. Carl Djerassi, chemist; Dr. Kenan Osborne, OFM, theologist; Dr. Fred Luskin, psychologist and lecturer on forgiveness and health; and Dr. David Ostwald, theatre director.

As part of the Endowment, the University has established a “Catholic Scholars Series,” to which Catholic theologians are invited three or four times a year as guest lecturers on current critical topics regarding ethics, morality and spirituality.  Recent speakers include: Dr. John F. Haught, Ph.D., Tomas Henley Professor of Theology at Georgetown University; Bishop Robert W. McEloy, Ph.D., Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco; Fr. Gerald D. Coleman, S.S., Ph.D. Former Rector of St. Patrick’s Seminary, Ethicist for Daughter of Charity Hospitals; Archbishop John R. Quinn, Ph.D., Retired Archbishop of San Francisco; Dr. Amanda Quantz, Ph.D., Former President of the American Theological Society; Fr. Richard M. Gula, S.S., Ph.D.,  Professor of Theology, Franciscan School of Theology; Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, Ph.D. Writer and columnist, President of the Oblate Center; Fr. Richard Sparks, SCP,  Professor of Theology, Graduate School of Theology, Berkeley;  Sr. Sharon McMillan, SNDdeN, Ph.D., Director of Liturgy, Cathedral of Monterey; Dr. Jerome Baggett, Ph.D., Jesuit Graduate School of Theology.

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