2022 Commencement

Saturday, May 21, 2022

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Thursday, May 19, 2022
Senior Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Marie Graber Ballroom, Alumni Campus Center (R.S.V.P. required)
Social from 7:00-9:00 p.m., The Loras Pub (all are welcome)


Friday, May 20, 2022
Commencement practice, 9:45 a.m.
Rock Bowl Stadium. Please be in place by 9:30 a.m.


Saturday, May 21, 2022
Baccalaureate Mass, 10:00 a.m., Church of the Nativity.
Masters-level student hooding ceremony and reception (R.S.V.P. required)
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 additional 2022 information.

Baccalaureate Mass will take place Saturday, May 21, 2022, 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 gather in front of Christ the King Chapel at 9:30 a.m. for the procession to the Church of the Nativity. The procession from Keane Hall to Nativity will begin at approximately 9:50 a.m. 
  • Graduates should wear their caps and gowns for the procession and Baccalaureate mass.

A hooding ceremony and reception will be held for all masters-level students. This is an invitation-only event. R.S.V.P. is required. If you would like additional information, please contact office.academicdean@loras.edu.


Following Baccalaureate Mass, we will offer brunch in the Alumni Campus Center Cafeteria (11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.). Tickets for the brunch following the Baccalaureate Mass must be purchased in advance.  The last day to purchase brunch tickets is Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Cost is $7.00 per person (ticket must also be purchased for graduates ) and includes:

  • Ham
  • cheesy hash-brown casserole
  • waffle bar
  • Chicken fritters
  • Seasonal vegetables
  • Pizza
  • Salad
  • Deli sandwich & wrap bar
  • Assorted beverages
  • Dessert

Please Note: Tickets for the cafeteria brunch between Baccalaureate Mass and the Commencement ceremony must be purchased in advance. If you have questions regarding the purchase of tickets, please contact  Janell.wollschlager@loras.edu.


Commencement exercises for the Class of 2022 will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. in the Rock Bowl Stadium. Please bring umbrellas or rain ponchos in case of showers.  Tickets are not required to enter the Rock Bowl. We will offer livestreaming in the Alumni Campus Center (ACC) Ballroom for guests who prefer to watch the ceremony indoors.  Seating will be limited and will be first come first served.


If the weather requires us to move the ceremony indoors, we will communicate the update by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 21.  In this case, tickets will be required.  In the meantime, please plan for an outdoor event.  We look forward to celebrating with graduates and families tomorrow!


Gates will open for guests at 12:30 p.m. Families/friends are welcome to sit in available seats on a first-come basis. Seating will be available in the Duhawk Stands, on the turf, and in the visitor stands. Guests will find a reserved area for handicap-accessible seating in the Duhawk Stands; 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.


The Hennessy Hall parking lot (13A on the campus map) will be reserved for guests in need of handicap-accessible parking, and Safety Officers will be on hand to distribute campus maps and provide directions.


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Commencement practice will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 9:45 a.m., Rock Bowl Stadium. Please be in place by 9:30 a.m. A seating chart/directions for lining up will be available to graduates prior to commencement practice. Rehearsal will last approximately 45 minutes.


Graduating seniors’ email accounts, network space and personal web pages will stay active until Friday, July 1, 2022. 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 registrar@loras.edu 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.


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, May 21, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The bookstore carries Loras logo apparel and other college memorabilia. Class rings are ordered directly through Jostens (www.jostens.com). 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 loras.bncollege.com.


To be eligible to participate in commencement, a student must:

  1. Complete all degree requirements no later than December 2022, 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, 2022. Students applying for graduation after this date may not be eligible to participate in commencement, however will graduate in absentia.
  3. Pay Account balance in full.


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: https://events.lifetouch.com/loras


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

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