The University of Notre Dame is putting its sheepskin diplomas out to pasture.
Starting in January, all diplomas issued to graduates will be paper rather than the sheepskin ones that have been traditional at the university for a least a century.
There are two reasons.
First, more students in recent years have been requesting paper diplomas because of animal welfare concerns. And secondly, the company that printed Notre Dame’s diplomas is getting out of the sheepskin business.
Notre Dame’s sheepskin diplomas were provided by Herff Jones Co., one of few remaining vendors that still offered that variety, Associate University Registrar Chuck Hurley said.