Thursday, May 19, 2016
Duhawk Day
Senior Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Marie Graber Ballroom, Alumni Campus Center (RSVP required)
Dubuque Duhawk Day Social, 6:00 p.m., The Pub (All are welcome)

Friday, May 20, 2016
Commencement practice, 9:45 a.m., Graber Sports Center

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Commencement Day
Baccalaureate Mass, 10:00 a.m., Church of the Nativity. Students and faculty gather in front of Christ the King Chapel at 9:00 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 9:00 a.m.

– Lunch, 11:30 a.m., Alumni Campus Center, pre-purchased tickets required.

– MBA graduates hooding ceremony and luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Café (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
Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016 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 and Campus Ministry. Following are the instructions for faculty and students and those in the academic procession from Christ the King Chapel to Nativity Church for Baccalaureate Mass:

  • Faculty and Graduates will gather in front of Christ the King Chapel at 9:00 a.m.
  • Faculty and Graduates will line up on Alta Vista Street at 9:15 a.m.

**In the event of rain, Faculty and Graduates line up in Kerper Hall Nativity (Old Church) by 9:15 a.m.

  • Faculty and Graduates will begin academic procession at 9:30 a.m. sharp to Nativity.
  • Faculty and Graduates will process directly into church to the pews saved for them.

The Liturgical Procession for the Mass will start in the back of Church at 10:00am.  There will be no recessional after the conclusion of Baccalaureate Mass.

Following Baccalaureate Mass, lunch will be available (advanced purchase required) in the Alumni Campus Center/Marie Graber Ballroom (11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.). Details will be posted closer to the event date.

Commencement exercises for the Class of 2016 will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 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).

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.  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
Commencement practice will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 9:45 a.m. in Graber Sports Center.  Graduates will receive a seating chart and directions for Commencement.  Rehearsal will last approximately 45 minutes.

Jolesch Photography will photograph each graduate as he/she crosses the stage and receives the diploma cover.  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.

Standard Loras graduation announcements may be purchased in bundles of ten (10) for $22.98 through the Loras College Bookstore in the Academic Resource Center. Contact the Bookstore via phone (563.588.7130) or web link at:

Laptop Information
Graduating seniors will receive information on returning their laptops, and disabling email accounts, network space and personal web pages.  Laptops must be returned to the Help Desk by 12:00 p.m. on May 20, 2016.

Students will receive a diploma cover during the ceremony.  Diplomas will be mailed to students approximately three to five 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 563.588.7106 or

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
Barnes and Noble Bookstore will also be open on Saturday, May 21, 2016 (hours will be determined). The bookstore carries Loras logo clothing, Loras College rings, and other college memorabilia.  The Bookstore’s telephone number is 563.588.7130 and the web link is

Local Hotels
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.

Requirements to Participate in Commencement
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 December 4, 2015. 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 Jane Mouring (Academic Affairs) at 563.588.7107 or