Thursday, May 21, 2020
Graduating seniors, faculty, and staff are invited to the following three events:
Social at 4:30-5:30 p.m., The Pub
Senior Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Marie Graber Ballroom, Alumni Campus Center (RSVP required).
Social from 7:00-9:00 p.m., The Pub

Friday, May 22, 2020
Commencement practice, 9:45 a.m., Graber Sports Center

 Saturday, May 23, 2020
Baccalaureate Mass, 10:00 a.m., Church of the Nativity.  Students and faculty gather in front of Christ the King Chapel at 9:30 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 9:50 a.m., to prevent congestion in the back of church.

  • Brunch, 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Alumni Campus Center Cafeteria, pre-purchased tickets encouraged. The last day to purchase brunch tickets in advance is Friday, May 22nd.  Order Tickets Now
  • Master’s-level graduate reception 11:45 a.m. – by invitation only.
  • Commencement Ceremony 1:30 p.m., Rock Bowl Stadium.  Doors open for guests at 12:30 p.m.  Faculty and students gather in Graber Center in full commencement apparel by 1:00 p.m.
  • View the archived 2019 Loras College commencement ceremony here.


Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Saturday, May 23, 2020 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 9:00 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 9:30 a.m. and begin lining up at 9:45 a.m.
  • Faculty will line up on Alta Vista Street at 9:30 a.m.  In the event of rain, faculty & students will simply go to their seats (which will be the front, middle reserved rows) by 9:50 a.m., to prevent congestion in the back of church.  
  • Faculty and Graduates will begin academic procession to Nativity at 9:50 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 10:00 am.  Graduates will recess out of the church after the conclusion of Baccalaureate Mass.

Following Baccalaureate mass, brunch will be available in the Alumni Campus Center Cafeteria (11:15am-1:00pm). Tickets for the brunch following the Baccalaureate Mass may be purchased in advance or purchased at the Cafeteria cashier station on Commencement Day. The last day to purchase brunch tickets in advance is Friday, May 22nd. Cost is $9.50 per person (ticket must also be purchased for graduates) and includes:

Please Note:  We strongly encourage purchasing brunch tickets in advance via our secure online payment page. Please print your confirmation email as you will need it with you on May 23rd  for admittance to the meal .  If you have questions regarding the purchase of tickets, please contact

Commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. in the Rock Bowl Stadium 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 Graber 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 Rock Bowl Stadium at 12:30 p.m. Families/friends are welcome to sit in available bleacher seats; main floor seating will be reserved for graduates, faculty and staff, and honored guests participating in the ceremony. Guests will find a reserved area for handicap-accessible seating on the main concourse behind the top row of bleachers. 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.

Inclement Weather
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 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 Alumni Campus Center/Marie Graber Ballroom.

All parking lots on the Loras College campus will be open and parking is free. Free parking is also available on Alta Vista Street and Loras Boulevard, except where posted as prohibited. The Hennessy Hall parking lot will be reserved for our guests in need of handicap-accessible parking, and Safety Officers will be on hand to distribute campus maps and provide directions. Should weather necessitate holding the ceremony indoors, handicapped parking for the Athletic & Wellness Center will be located in the lot adjacent to the building, 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.

Commencement practice will be held on Friday, May 22, 2020 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:

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 16, 2020 from 12:30pm-6:00pm. Student loan repayment sessions will be completed to help borrowers understand how to pay, when to pay, and where to pay. Students who cannot attend these sessions must contact the financial aid office to make sure the graduation requirements are met. You will need your FSA ID and your laptop for this session.

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 16 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 14, 2020. 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 July 1, 2020.  Laptops must be returned to the Help Desk before noon on May 22, 2020.

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 23, 2020 from 11:00am – 4:00pm. 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 2020 as stated in the Loras College Undergraduate Bulletin.
  2. Submit a completed Application for Graduation Form to the Registrar’s Office no later than October 15, 2020. 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.



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Colleen Fitzpatrick
Office of Academic Affairs