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 email@example.com.
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: https://events.lifetouch.com/loras.