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:
- 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, 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 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 21st. If you have questions regarding the purchase of tickets, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016 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.
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. After Commencement, picture proofs may be viewed at: https://events.lifetouch.com/tempHomepage.aspx?EventID=148335