Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, IA. The doors to the church will open at 9:30 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 10:15 a.m. and begin lining up.
- Faculty will line up on Alta Vista Street at 10:15 a.m. In the event of rain, faculty & students will simply go to their seats (which will be the front, middle reserved rows) by 10:20 a.m., to prevent congestion in the back of church.
- Faculty and Graduates will begin academic procession to Nativity at 10:20 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 10:30 am. Graduates will recess out of the church after the conclusion of Baccalaureate Mass.
More details will be posted as soon as possible.
Commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020 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).
On the day of commencement, students report to the lower level of the Athletic & Wellness Center by 1:00 p.m. to line up for the procession. 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. Families/friends are welcome to sit in available bleacher seats or in designated areas on the main floor; main floor seating will be reserved for graduates, faculty and staff, and honored guests participating in the ceremony. Guests will find a reserved areas for handicap-accessible seating on the main concourse behind the top row of bleachers or on the main floor. Your comfort is important to us, so if you use an assistive device such as a walker or wheelchair, please feel free to bring it to the ceremony.
The Commencement Ceremony will be a ticketed event. Each graduate will be issued five (5) tickets to be used for family/friend admission to the ceremony. For compliance with Dubuque Fire Code capacity regulations, we will collect tickets at the door. Exceptions to the ticket policy will be babies who are held on laps during the ceremony. A ticket will allow admission into the Athletic & Wellness Center, where seating will be on a first-come basis. The sale of Commencement tickets is prohibited. Guests who have not been able to secure a ticket are welcome to view the Commencement ceremony in the Miller Academic Resource Center.
All parking lots on the Loras College campus will be open and parking is free. Safety Officers will be on hand to distribute campus maps and provide directions. Free parking is also available on Alta Vista Street and Loras Boulevard, except where posted as prohibited. The Athletic & Wellness Center parking lot will be reserved for our guests in need of handicap-accessible parking, with a convenient drop off area on Loras Parkway (accessed by taking Alta Vista Street to Kirkwood Street to Cox Street to Loras Parkway).
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 Explore Dubuque or Visit Galena websites for additional local options.