Thursday, May 18, 2017
Duhawk Day Social, 6:00 p.m., The Pub (All are welcome)
Senior Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Marie Graber Ballroom, Alumni Campus Center (RSVP required)

Friday, May 19, 2017
Commencement practice, 9:45 a.m., Graber Sports Center

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Baccalaureate Mass, 10:00 a.m., Church of the Nativity. Students and faculty gather in front of Christ the King Chapel at 9:15 a.m. for procession to Church of the Nativity. In case of rain: Students/Faculty/Participants gather in Kerper Hall (old church) at Nativity Church at 9:15 a.m.

– Lunch, 11:30 a.m., Alumni Campus Center, pre-purchased tickets required (link available soon).

– MBA graduates hooding ceremony and luncheon, 11:30 a.m. (invitation only)

– Commencement Ceremony 1:30 p.m, Rock Bowl Stadium. Doors open for guests at 12:30 p.m. Students gather in Graber Sports Center in full commencement apparel by 1:00 p.m. In case of rain: Students gather in the Cafeteria by 1:00 p.m.; faculty gather in the AWC lower level by 1:00 p.m.

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Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, IA. The doors to the church will open at 8:30 a.m.  Music for this Mass is provided by the Loras College choirs, Wind Ensemble, and Spiritual Life division staff and students. Following are the instructions for faculty and students and those in the academic procession from Christ the King Chapel to the Church of the Nativity for Baccalaureate Mass:

  • Graduates will gather in front of Christ the King Chapel (Alta Vista Street) at 9:20 a.m. and begin lining up at 9:40 a.m.
  • Faculty will line up on Alta Vista Street at 9:20 a.m.

**In the event of rain, Faculty and Graduates line up in Kerper Hall Nativity (Old Church) by 9:20 a.m.

  • Faculty and Graduates will begin academic procession to Nativity at 9:45 a.m. sharp.
  • Faculty and Graduates will process directly into church to the pews saved for them.

The Liturgical Procession for the Mass will start from the back of Church at 10:00am. Graduates will recess out of the church after the conclusion of Baccalaureate Mass.


Following Baccalaureate mass, luncheon will be available in the Alumni Campus Center/Marie Graber Ballroom (11:30am-1:00pm). Tickets for the luncheon following the Baccalaureate Mass must be purchased in advance (details TBA soon).  If you have questions regarding the purchase of tickets, please contact


Commencement exercises for the Class of 2017 will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in the Rock Bowl Stadium on the Loras College campus. If the ceremony is held in the Rock Bowl Stadium, no tickets are required.  For the comfort of our guests, the ceremony may also be viewed in the Alumni Campus Center/Marie Graber Ballroom (no ticket required).

In the event of inclement weather, the Commencement Ceremony will be a ticketed event and will be held in the Athletic & Wellness Center.  Each graduate will be issued five (5) tickets.  In accordance with Dubuque Fire Code regulations, all guests must have a ticket (exception being babies sitting on laps).  Please note that a ticket allows admission into the Athletic & Wellness Center, but does not guarantee a seat.  Seats are on a first-come basis and cannot be reserved.  The sale of Commencement tickets is prohibited.  Guests without a ticket will not be admitted to the Athletic & Wellness Center, but will be able to view the Commencement ceremony in the Alumni Campus Center/Marie Graber Ballroom (no ticket required).

For Commencement in the Rock Bowl Stadium, students gather in Graber Center by 1:00 p.m. Students wear full commencement apparel and have assigned seating.  A seating chart/ directions for lining up will be available to graduates prior to commencement practice.

In case of inclement weather, Commencement will be held in the Athletic & Wellness Center and students gather in the Alumni Campus Center/Cafeteria by 1:00 p.m. Graduates will process to the Athletic & Wellness Center via the bridge. Students wear full commencement apparel and have assigned seating. A seating chart/directions for lining up will be available to graduates prior to commencement practice.

Doors will open for guests in the Rock Bowl or Athletic & Wellness Center at 12:30 p.m.  There are limited numbers of handicapped accessible seating located on the upper level of both facilities.  Seating in both facilities will only be reserved for graduates, honored guests and faculty and staff that are part of the ceremony.  All parking lots on the Loras College campus will be open and parking is free.  The Hennessy Hall parking lot is designated as handicapped parking only.  Handicapped parking for the Athletic & Wellness Center is located in the lot adjacent the building.  Security will be available at both locations to assist guests.


Commencement practice will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. in Graber Sports Center.  A seating chart/directions for lining up will be available to graduates prior to commencement practice. Rehearsal will last approximately 45 minutes.


Lifetouch Photography will photograph each graduate as he/she crosses the stage.  A second picture will be taken as the student leaves the stage.  The proofs and an order form will be emailed to the graduate.  No pre-ordering or pre-payment is necessary. After Commencement, picture proofs may be viewed at:


Standard Loras graduation announcements may be purchased in bundles of ten (10) for $24.98 through the Loras College Bookstore in the Academic Resource Center. Contact the Bookstore via phone at 563.588.7130.


The Grad Fair will take place in the Alumni Campus Center/Marie Graber Ballroom on April 27, 2017 from 12:30pm-6:00pm.  Critical loan repayment informational sessions will be given every hour beginning at 1:00pm with the last session starting at 5:00pm.  Students may complete the federal loan exit requirement by attending one of these sessions and completing the appropriate loan paperwork.

Commencement apparel (cap, gown and medallion or hood if Graduate student) may be picked up during this event from 12:30pm-4:30pm, or any time after April 28 in the Bookstore.  Commencement apparel does not need to be returned.  Should the cap or gown need to be replaced prior to graduation, a charge of $75.00 will be assessed.  We are unable to replace medallions due to limited quantity.  Tickets for the Commencement ceremony (required only if held in Athletic & Wellness Center due to inclement weather) will also be distributed.

To receive commencement apparel and inclement weather ceremony tickets, a student must have an authorization form from the Business Office to present to Bookstore personnel.  Authorization forms will be emailed by the Business Office to all eligible students who have a paid in full balance, on or after April 25, 2017. If a form is not received, students should contact the Business Office at 563.588.7232.


Graduating seniors’ email accounts, network space and personal web pages will stay active until August 14, 2017.  Laptops must be returned to the Help Desk before noon on May 19, 2017.


Students will receive a diploma cover during the ceremony.  Diplomas will be mailed to students approximately four to six weeks after Commencement to the address indicated on the Application for Graduation form.  If the diploma is to be sent to a different address, notify the Registrar’s Office at or 563.588.7106.

Note: Participation in the commencement ceremony DOES NOT signify graduation from Loras College. Diplomas will be held for students who do not complete the academic requirements for graduation or who have an outstanding balance due to the college.


Barnes and Noble Bookstore will be open on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 11:00am – 4:00pm.  The Duhawk Shop (next to Einstein’s Bros. Bagels) will be open from 9:00am – 2:00pm on Saturday.  The bookstore carries Loras logo clothing, Loras College rings, and other college memorabilia.  Visit the Loras College Barnes and Noble Bookstore at or call  563.588.7130.


If you are traveling to Dubuque and plan to stay overnight in the Dubuque area, we recommend that you call early to reserve a hotel room. For information on local hotels and attractions, please feel free to visit the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce and Visit Galena Websites.


To be eligible to participate in commencement a student must:

  1. Complete all degree requirements as stated in the Loras College Undergraduate Bulletin.
  2. Submit a completed Application for Graduation Form to the Registrar’s Office no later than November 30, 2016. Students applying for graduation after this date may not be eligible to participate in commencement but will graduate in absentia.
  3. Pay account balance in full.

Additional questions?  Please contact Christine Cochran (Office of Academic Affairs) at 563.588.7107 or