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Friday, April 23, 2021
Commencement practice, 9:45 a.m.
location to be announced.

Saturday, April 24, 2021
Baccalaureate Mass, 10:00 a.m., Church of the Nativity.
Commencement Ceremony 1:30 p.m., Rock Bowl Stadium. Doors open for guests at 12:30 p.m.
Faculty and students gather outside Graber Sports Center in full commencement apparel by 1:00 p.m.
Please see below for more information.


Inclement Weather Plan—Flexibility is Key!

Should weather prevent us from celebrating outdoors in the Rock Bowl, we will implement one of two inclement weather plans. Families should be prepared for the possibility of either and make plans accordingly. Note that plan 2 below will move Commencement to the morning. As the date draws closer and weather forecasts become more reliable, more information will be provided.

    1. All-DAY RAIN
      In case of all-day rain graduates will convene in the Loras College Athletic & Wellness Center (AWC) for the graduation ceremony. Seating in the AWC will be limited to just the graduates and the staff needed to conduct the ceremony. Seating for a maximum of two guests per graduate will be available in multiple on-campus locations, where the live-streamed ceremony may be viewed. Due to space constraints, and in the interest of maintaining safe social distancing, only two guests will be permitted if we must resort to an indoor ceremony. If one or both of these two guests will need an accessible seating location, please reach out to prior to March 24, 2021. A live-stream link will also be provided in advance of the ceremony for those guests unable to join us on campus.  Knowing how important this day is for families, we will utilize the all-day rain plan only if absolutely necessary.
      Should the morning weather forecast be more favorable for an outdoor event than the afternoon forecast, the Commencement ceremony will be moved to the morning and the Baccalaureate Mass will be moved to the afternoon.  The Commencement ceremony will be held in the Rock Bowl and Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated at the Church of the Nativity. By moving the Commencement ceremony to the morning, graduates will be permitted to have up to five guests in attendance at the outdoor event.


    Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Saturday, April 24th, 2021 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 9:30 a.m. Following are the instructions for faculty and graduates planning to attend the Mass:

    • Graduates and faculty will go directly to Nativity where ushers will direct you to the proper seating area.
    • Graduates and their guests are encouraged to sit together but we ask that there be 6 feet between family units in the pews.
    • Graduates should wear their caps and gowns for the Baccalaureate mass.
    • Masks are required in the church.

    Following Baccalaureate Mass, we will offer two meal options: boxed lunches to be picked up and taken to your graduate’s residence, or lunch in the Alumni Campus Center Cafeteria (11:00am-1:30pm).

    • Tickets for the lunch following the Baccalaureate Mass must be purchased in advance. The last day to purchase lunch tickets is Friday, April 23. Cost is $7.00 per person (ticket must also be purchased for graduates) and includes:
      • Scrambled eggs, ham, cheesy hashbrown casserole
      • Chicken patty sandwich with French fries
      • Pizza
      • Salad and sandwich options
      • Assorted beverages
      • Dessert
      • Click Here to Purchase lunch tickets
    • Boxed lunches for pick up after the Baccalaureate Mass must be purchased in advanceThe last day to purchase boxed lunches is Friday, April 23. Cost is $9.00 per boxed lunch (box lunch ticket must also be purchased for graduates) and includes:
      • Clubhouse sandwich on Ciabatta roll (vegetarian option will be Avocado and veggies on Ciabatta roll)
      • Fruit salad
      • Chips
      • Cookie
      • Bottled Water

    Please Note: Tickets for the boxed lunches or cafeteria lunch between Baccalaureate Mass and the Commencement ceremony must be purchased in advance via our secure online payment page. Please print your confirmation email as you will need to show the printout when picking up your boxed lunches or entering the cafeteria on April 24. If you have questions regarding the purchase of tickets, please contact


    Commencement exercises for the Class of 2021 will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. The ceremony will be a ticketed event, with masks required and socially distanced seating. Each graduate will receive 5 (five) tickets at the March 31st Grad Fair event. Guests should use both the purple and gold tickets for admission to the Rock Bowl ceremony. Should weather force the ceremony to an indoor location, guests should use the 2 (two) inclement weather gold tickets provided in the Grad Fair ticket envelope. Inclement weather room assignments will be identified on the gold tickets, and signage will be provided around campus to help you locate your live stream room. A live stream link will also be provided in advance of the ceremony for those guests unable to join us on campus.


    On the day of commencement, students line up for the procession at 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.


    Doors will open for guests at 12:30 p.m. Families/friends are welcome to sit in available seats on a first-come basis. Guests will find a reserved area for handicap-accessible seating; please ask an usher for assistance. 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.


    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. A limited number of golf carts will be available to shuttle guests from the Keane Hall parking lot to the Rock Bowl beginning at noon and continuing until the 1:30 p.m. ceremony begins. The golf cart shuttle service will also provide return service to the Keane Hall lot when the ceremony ends.


    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.

    Loras College Barnes and Noble Bookstore will be open on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 11:00am – 4:00pm. The bookstore carries Loras logo apparel and other college memorabilia. Class rings are ordered directly through Jostens (  Please reach out to bookstore staff with questions regarding class ring ordering. 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 2021, as stated in the Loras College Undergraduate Bulletin.
    2. Submit a completed Application for Graduation Form to the Registrar’s Office no later than February 15, 2021. 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.


    Commencement practice will be held on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 9:45 a.m., location to be announced. 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 Miller 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 March 31st 11:00AM – 4:30. Students will need to complete a few requirements before attending. Federal student loan borrowers will need to complete federal exit counseling before they attend the grad fair. Students should also complete the destination survey (the link will be provided in the grad fair invite) beforehand and ensure their student account balances are also paid in full before attending. Once each of these are complete, an authorization email will be sent that you can show at the grad fair to collect your tickets and cap/gown.


    Commencement apparel (cap, gown, and medallion or hood if Graduate student) may be picked up during this event from 11:00a.m.-4:30p.m., or any time after March 31 in the bookstore during regular business hours. 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. Each graduate who has indicated they intend to participate in the ceremony will receive an envelope containing three (3) purple tickets and two (2) gold tickets. Admission to the Rock Bowl will be limited to five (5) guests (both purple and gold tickets will be used); the two gold inclement weather tickets may also be used for admittance to an assigned live stream location identified on the ticket.


    To receive commencement apparel and ceremony tickets, a student must have a printed 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 Monday, March 29. 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 June 30, 2021.  Follow this link for laptop return information.

    Students will receive a diploma cover during the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed to students approximately four to six weeks after the degree has been conferred to the address indicated on the Application for Graduation form. If the diploma is to be sent to a different address, other than that which was originally indicated on the Application for Graduation, contact the Registrar’s Office at or 563.588.7779.


    Note: Participation in the commencement ceremony DOES NOT signify graduation from Loras College. Diplomas will not be sent for students who do not complete the academic requirements for graduation or who have an outstanding balance due to the college.

    Please plan to stay home if you are sick or experiencing flu like symptoms including a fever.

    Additional Questions?
    Please Contact Us.

    Colleen Fitzpatrick
    Office of Academic Affairs