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.
- Due to weather predictions, there will be no academic procession involving faculty or students. Faculty should be in their reserved pews in full academic regalia by 9:50 AM. Students should gather in the back of church at 9:40 a.m. until they are instructed to begin their formal procession to their reserved pews at 9:50 a.m.
Following Baccalaureate mass, lunch will be available in the Alumni Campus Center/Marie Graber Ballroom (11:30am-1:00pm). Advanced purchase required – click here to purchase tickets. Cost is $8.75/person (ticket must also be purchased for graduate) and includes:
- Turkey Club Sandwich on Assorted Breads and Rolls or Vegetarian Pita Sandwich
- Assorted Chips, Chopped Fresh Fruit, Assorted Cookies and Dessert Bars
- Canned Soda and Bottled Water
Please Note: Tickets for the luncheon following the Baccalaureate Mass must be purchased in advance via our secure online payment page. Please print your confirmation email as you will need it with you on May 20th. If you have questions regarding the purchase of tickets, please contact Laurel Morris at Laurel.Morris@loras.edu.
Due to weather predictions, Commencement exercises for the Class of 2017 will be a ticketed event and will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in the Athletic & Wellness Center on the Loras College campus. 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, however will be able to view the Commencement ceremony in the Alumni Campus Center/Marie Graber Ballroom via webcast (no ticket required).
Friends and family unable to be on campus for our 2017 Commencement Ceremony can watch live online via webcast streaming at www.loras.edu/streaming.
Graduates will be expected to gather in the Lower Level AWC 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 during commencement practice on Friday in the Lower Level AWC.
Doors will open for guests in the Athletic & Wellness Center at 12:30 p.m. There are limited numbers of handicapped accessible seating, however additional seating is available in the Marie Graber Ballroom, where the full ceremony will be viewed via webcast. 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 Lower Level AWC. A seating chart/directions for lining up will be available to graduates during commencement practice on Friday in the Lower Level AWC. 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: https://events.lifetouch.com/loras.