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Graduates and their families should evaluate the inherent risks of traveling and gathering in groups during a pandemic. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control recommend against these activities. See their travel recommendations for more information. All events will be live-streamed for those who do not wish to participate in person.

For planning purposes, Commencement activities are scheduled to begin as early as Friday morning, May 14, and are scheduled to conclude by Sunday afternoon, May 16. Please be advised that all scheduled Commencement activities are subject to change and are dependent on weather conditions, as well as state and local guidelines. To the fullest extent possible, we encourage you to be flexible in making your plans, as logistical restrictions can and may evolve.

While on Campus

During the pandemic, there are strict guidelines in place to protect our community and visitors to campus. Access to the campus is currently restricted to students, faculty, staff, designated vendors, and invited guests. Anyone attending a Commencement-related event is considered an invited guest and must adhere to campus guidelines.

The number of guests that graduates are allowed to bring to each event is limited based on the capacity for each event as set by the City of New Orleans.

  • Mass and Award Ceremonies: Each graduate is allowed to bring four guests. Based on how many graduates register, there is a possibility that we will be able to allow graduates to bring more than four guests. An update will be sent by May 5 via email to graduates registered to attend the Mass if additional guests can be accommodated.
  • Diploma Ceremony: You may have up to four guests, and we will livestream the ceremonies for anyone who does not fit or cannot travel. Graduates will have assigned seats on the floor of the arena in accordance with public health restrictions. 

There are different commencement activities for students graduating:

  1. Separate Masses will be held on Friday, May 14, 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, you can check this listing by degree program or contact us at These Masses are for undergraduate and graduate students from each college and a limited number of guests. Advance registration for graduates and guests is required. Livestreams of all Masses will also be available on the commencement website.
  2. After the Mass for each college, we invite the graduates of that college, and their families, to wander around campus in regalia. We hope it will be a moment when you can show Loyola off to your guests, introduce them to your professors, and see other friends and their families. 
  3. We will hold four graduation ceremonies, 2 on Saturday, May 15, and 2 on Sunday, May 16. The diploma ceremonies will now be held at UNO Lakefront Arena, about 25 minutes from Loyola’s campus. Ceremonies will be divided by last name, in reverse alphabetical order. See the schedule on the commencement homepage.

Registration will take place online between March 31 and April 30. Register using this form.

Please be aware of New Orleans COVID restrictions. Restaurants in New Orleans are currently operating at 75% capacity. You can see specific schedule information about your graduate’s commencement events on the schedule here

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. 

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.

For those who cannot make it: We will also release an entirely virtual ceremony for you on Saturday, May 15, so you can gather with friends and family wherever you are.

Should there be any major changes to our commencement plans, due to increased or new restrictions by the city, state or federal government, we will alert you via email as quickly as possible. As we have said from the beginning, we are doing everything within our power to make an in-person commencement and activities possible. That said, your health and safety are of utmost concern and we must comply with any laws or protocols for your safety. Thank you in advance, and as always, for your patience and thoughtful participation.