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Graduate Information

Regalia

If you have not already obtained your cap and gown, you may do so by visiting the Loyola Bookstore, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Special commencement week hours are listed below.

Online Orders for Home Delivery (updated 5.4.21)

Due to extenuating circumstances related to COVID and time constraints, your cap and gown order placed online with Oak Hall will be delivered to the Barnes & Noble bookstore on Loyola's campus rather than to your home address.

Orders will be available for pick up in the Bookstore in the Danna Student Center:
Tuesday, May 11, Wednesday, May 12, Thursday, May 13 (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Friday, May 14 (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Saturday, May 15 (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

If you are unable to pick up your regalia before Saturday and your ceremony takes place at the UNO Lakefront Arena, please know that we will have your regalia at the Arena waiting for you.

If you ordered your regalia, but were not planning to participate in the ceremony, please reach out Loyola Bookstore Manager, Maris Hazners at SM8275@bncollege.com, and he will make arrangements to ship it to you.

To ensure that all regalia fits perfectly, we will have smaller and larger sizes on hand just in case the one you ordered to a bit snug or too big,  We will swap it out for one that is a better fit.

We want to be sure that everyone looks great for their big day!

Arrangements are also being made to refund your shipping charge back to your credit card.

Regalia is encouraged to be worn to the college Masses.

Regalia is required to participate in commencement ceremonies.

College Masses and Award Ceremonies

We ask that you and your guests all arrive at Holy Name of Jesus Church together 20 minutes before your scheduled Mass time.

Candidates for degree are encouraged to wear academic caps and gowns for the Baccalaureate Mass.

You will be checked in by representatives from your college and escorted to your seats by staff from the Office of Student Life and Ministry. Graduates and their guests will be seated together during the Mass and award ceremonies.

Masks must be worn at all times.

If you or your guests will need special assistance or seating arrangements for the physically impaired, please email commencement@loyno.edu.

Commencement Ceremony Instructions for Graduates

Candidates for graduation are to report, in their regalia, one hour before their ceremony time to the Ground Level Gym entrance on the north side of the UNO Lakefront Arena.

This entrance is for candidates for graduation only.

Once inside, instructions will be provided by Student Records staff. Graduates must remain in their assigned seat on the floor of the arena for the duration of the ceremony. Masks are required at all times.

UNO Lakefront Arena

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.

Upon entry, vehicles will be directed to the south and north parking lots.

Guest Information

Parking – On-Campus Events

Loyola campus parking facilities will be open with free parking May 12 – 16, 2021 for commencement activities. Loyola University Police will be directing traffic. Only vehicles with a disabled tag may park in spots designated for disabled parking on campus.

Parking – UNO Lakefront Arena

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.

Upon entry, vehicles will be directed to the south and north parking lots.

Guest Arrival and Entrances

The doors will be open to the public approximately one hour before the exercises are scheduled to begin.

Guests will be required to go through a visual bag check upon entry.

The following items are prohibited: alcohol, balloons, flowers, confetti. Banners or signs are permitted if they are in good taste and do not obstruct the view of other guests.

The Guest entrances are via Ramp 1 and Ramp 4.

Guests using wheelchairs and with limited mobility may enter the ADA Ground entrance under Ramp 1. This entrance is only for those requiring assistance. All seating, including ADA seating, is on Level 2 and is accessible by elevator.

Accessible seating MUST be reserved in advance and is considered part of the graduate’s four allotted tickets. Due to limited space, a guest needing accessible seating may only have one additional companion seat in the accessible seating area.

The UNO Lakefront Arena does not provide wheelchairs for transport to and from seating. If you request a wheelchair accessible space with companion seat, you must have a wheelchair with you.

To request disability-related accommodations please email commencement@loyno.edu.

Refreshments

In accordance with State of Louisiana and City of New Orleans policy, concessions will not be available. Additionally – due to COVID – water fountains have been disabled. If you have medication to take or otherwise require hydration, it is recommended that you bring your own bottled water.