Thursday, May 17, 2018
Social at 4:30-5:30 p.m., The Pub (All are welcome)
Senior Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Marie Graber Ballroom, Alumni Campus Center (RSVP required).
Social from 7:00-9:00 p.m., The Pub (All are welcome)

Friday, May 18, 2018
Commencement practice, 9:45 a.m., Athletic Wellness Center

 Saturday, May 19, 2018
Baccalaureate Mass, 9:30 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 the event of rain, faculty & students will simply go to their seats (which will be the front, middle reserved rows) by 9:20 a.m., to prevent congestion in the back of church.

  • Lunch, 11:30 a.m., Alumni Campus Center, pre-purchased tickets required.  Order Tickets Now!
  • Master’s-level graduate reception 11:30 a.m. – by invitation only.
  • Commencement Ceremony 1:30 p.m., Athletic Wellness Center.  Doors open for guests at 12:30 p.m.  Faculty and students gather in lower level Athletic Wellness Center in full commencement apparel by 1:00 p.m.


Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 9:30 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 9:00 a.m. and begin lining up at 9:20 a.m.
  • Faculty will line up on Alta Vista Street at 9:00 a.m.  In the event of rain, faculty & students will simply go to their seats (which will be the front, middle reserved rows) by 9:20 a.m., to prevent congestion in the back of church.  
  • Faculty and Graduates will begin academic procession to Nativity at 9:20 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 9:30 am.  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.  Cost is $9.25 per person (ticket must also be purchased for graduate) and includes:

  • Deli Sandwiches  on Assorted Breads and Rolls including  Vegetarian & Gluten Free
  • Assorted Chips, Chopped Fresh Fruit, Assorted Cookies and Dessert Bars
  • Canned Soda and Bottled Water
  • Click Here to Purchase Luncheon tickets

Please Note:  Tickets for the luncheon following 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 19th  for admittance to the meal .  If you have questions regarding the purchase of tickets, please contact

Commencement exercises for the Class of 2018 will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the Athletic Wellness Center on the Loras College campus.  For the comfort of our guests, the ceremony may also be viewed in the Alumni Campus Center/Marie Graber Ballroom (no ticket required).

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 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 Athletic & Wellness Center at 12:30 p.m.  There are limited numbers of handicapped accessible seating located on the upper level.  Seating 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.  Handicapped parking for the Athletic & Wellness Center is located in the lot adjacent the building.  Security will be available to assist guests.

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 take advantage of our partnership with Best Western Dubuque or visit Dubuque Chamber of Commerce and Visit Galena for additional local options.

Commencement practice will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 9:45 a.m. in Athletic Wellness 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) through the Loras College Bookstore in the Academic Resource Center. Contact the Bookstore at 563.588.7130 for more information.

The Grad Fair will take place in the Alumni Campus Center/Marie Graber Ballroom on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 12:30pm-6:00pm.  Critical loan repayment informational sessions will be offered 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 26 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 will also be distributed.

To receive commencement apparel and 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 Tuesday, April 24, 2018. For more information, 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 1, 2018.  Laptops must be returned to the Help Desk before noon on May 18, 2018.

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, contact 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.

Loras College Barnes and Noble Bookstore will be open on Saturday, May 19, 2018 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 apparel, official Loras College rings, and other college memorabilia.  Contact the Loras College Barnes and Noble Bookstore at 563.588.7130 or visit online at

To be eligible to participate in commencement a student must:

  1. Complete all degree requirements no later than December 2018 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 1, 2017. 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.