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Frequently Asked Questions

We can’t wait to join you in celebrating the Class of 2024, and we hope that you are using this website as a resource.

In addition to the extensive list of FAQ featured here, we have included this link to a Commencement FAQ Webinar held April 29. During this informal session, we fielded questions from a cross section of excited graduates and their families.

The passcode for access to the recording is: T.eA3G&e

Please email us at if you cannot find the information you seek on the website.

There are different commencement activities for graduating students:

  1. Separate Masses will be held on Friday, May 10, for each college (except City 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 These Masses are for undergraduate and graduate students from each college and their guests. 
  2.  Most colleges will also host honors ceremonies and graduation 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 10 at 6 p.m. in the UNO Lakefront Arena.  The commencement for undergraduate and non-Law graduate students will be held Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. in the UNO Lakefront Arena. 

Other than the Senior Salute on Wednesday evening, May 8 (which is ticketed and only open to candidates for graduation), tickets are not required and there is no limit on how many guests may attend on-campus commencement events.


Parking in all on-campus parking lots will be free and open for commencement events Wednesday, May 8 through Saturday, May 11.  Officers from the Loyola University Police Department will be on hand to direct traffic.

Tickets are not required for entry to the Loyola Commencement ceremonies, at the UNO Lakefront Arena, but we do kindly ask that undergraduate and non-Law graduate candidates limit their number of guests to no more than six people in order to comfortably accommodate all parties. Due to the smaller class size, College of Law candidates may have an unlimited number of guests for the Law ceremony.

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.

Those patrons with a handicap license plate or hang tag may park in designated
areas. Patrons with elderly or handicapped passengers may drop the passengers off in the accessibility lot but will have to park in the North or South Lot.

Please enter the facility via Franklin Avenue.


Please know that BAG POLICIES are in effect at the UNO Lakefront Arena.  Policies and prohibited items are pictured below.

Clear Bag Policy





Doors for the Law ceremony are open to guests at 5 p.m. The College of Law ceremony at 6 p.m. on May 10 will run approximately 90 minutes. 

Doors for the Undergraduate/Graduate ceremony will open to guests at 9 a.m. The ceremony on Saturday, May 11, will run from 10 a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m.

When making restaurant reservations, please be sure to give yourself enough time to meet your graduate, take photos, and travel to your chosen restaurant.



The Guest entrances are via Ramp 1 and Ramp 4. 

Guests using wheelchairs and with limited mobility may enter the ADA Ground entrance at Ramp 1. This entrance is only for those requiring assistance. Guests with mobility issues can ask attendants inside the Arena to direct them to the accessible seating.

Cars will be allowed to drop handicapped patrons at the ADA Ramp 1 Ground entrance then return to the lot to park.

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 require a wheelchair, it will be necessary to bring one with you. Mobility devices are available for rental locally from Mobility City of Greater New Orleans.

Click here for a listing of hotels with dedicated commencement room blocks.

Additionally, discounted hotel rates are available online through our campus partner, Campus Travel.

A complete listing of area hotels is available on the New Orleans and Company website.

The move-out deadline for the Residence Halls is Friday, May 10 at 5 p.m.

Graduating Seniors participating in commencement may request to stay until noon on Sunday, May 12.

To request to stay until then or for an extension until Monday, May 13, residents must complete an extension form.


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.

Certificate programs are not recognized at commencement.  Commencement ceremonies are for students receiving an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree (including Juris Doctor) only.

Should there be any major changes to our commencement plans, in addition to posting the information on the website, we will alert candidates for graduation via their Loyola email as soon as possible.

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 commencement ceremony, then a cover will be mailed to you with your diploma.

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.  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.