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:
- Pancakes, waffles, French toast, sausage, ham, eggs
- Deli, salad bar and dessert
- Assorted Beverages
- Click Here to Purchase Brunch tickets
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 Janell.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.