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Commencement activities are scheduled to begin as early as Thursday, May 12 and are scheduled to conclude by Saturday evening, May 14. Check the Important Dates section of the commencement website for a schedule of activities.

Loyola University follows City of New Orleans public health guidelines. There are currently no COVID-related rules for guests visiting campus.  Please know that this is subject to change based on City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana mandates at the time.

While masks are not required, guests may, of course, wear a mask if they choose to do so.

There is currently no limit on how many guests may attend on-campus commencement events. Please know that this is subject to change depending on City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana mandates at the time of the events.

For the Masses, candidates for graduation are encouraged to wear their cap and gown ONLY. Stoles, cords, medals, etc. are celebrated at the commencement ceremony itself.

Graduating students may sit with their families and friends wherever they choose in Holy Name Church, on a first come, first seated basis. There are no tickets or reserved seats.

There are different commencement activities for graduating students:

  1. Separate Masses will be held on Friday, May 13, for each college. College of Law activities take place earlier in the week. If you aren’t sure which college your student is graduating from, contact us at commencement@loyno.edu. These Masses are for undergraduate and graduate students from each college and their guests. Livestreams of all Masses will also be available on Loyola's YouTube channel.
  2.  Most colleges will also host post-Mass receptions.  Check the Important Dates section of the commencement website for the schedule.
  3. The College of Law commencement will take place on Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m. in the UNO Lakefront Arena.  The commencement for undergraduate and non-Law graduate students will be held Saturday, May 14 at 5 p.m. in the UNO Lakefront Arena. See the schedule on the commencement homepage.

Parking in all on-campus parking lots will be free and open for commencement events Thursday, May 12 through Saturday, May 14.  Officers from the Loyola University Police Department will be on hand to direct traffic.

The College of Law ceremony will run approximately 90 minutes. The Undergraduate/Graduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14 will last at least two hours.

When making restaurant reservations, please be sure to give yourself enough time to meet your graduate, take photos, exit the Arena and the parking lot and make your way from the New Orleans Lakefront to your chosen establishment.

Please visit the tickets section of the Commencement webpage for detailed information regarding tickets.

The UNO Lakefront Arena is located at 6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122.

Parking at the UNO Lakefront Arena is in surface lots and is free.

Please enter the facility via Franklin Avenue.

 

Both Loyola University and the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena follow City of New Orleans public health guidelines. Currently, there are no COVID-related rules for entry to the UNO Lakefront Arena.  Please know that this is subject to change based on City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana mandates at the time.

While masks are not required, guests may, of course, wear a mask if they choose to do so.

Commencement ceremonies and graduation Masses will be livestreamed on the Loyola YouTube page.

Check the schedule of events in the Important Dates section of the commencement website for specific dates and times. All times are Central Daylight Time.

The videos of the ceremonies will also be available for viewing following the livestreams on the Loyola YouTube page.

Official Commencement photographers will be on hand to photograph candidates receiving their diploma covers. Photographs can be viewed and ordered 5 – 7 days after the event on the Candid Campus website. Photographs are allowed during all Commencement events. Additionally, several fun "Photo Spots" will be set up on campus all weekend for snapping sensational selfies.

We always distribute diploma covers in May. Your diploma will be mailed to you at your address of record this summer. If you do not receive a diploma cover in person during a diploma presentation ceremony, then a cover will be mailed to you with your diploma.

Should there be any major changes to our commencement plans, due to new restrictions by the city, state or federal government, we will alert you via email as quickly as possible.