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Fall Programs

Loyola’s Fall Programs will kick off with Welcome Week in August and will continue throughout your first semester.  Here are just a few signature events and programs to give you a taste of what to expect from your Loyola Experience.   

1. Family Mass
All new students and families are invited to join the Loyola community in Madonna della Strada Chapel for this annual tradition of welcome and blessing for our new class of Loyola students.

Date: Thursday, August 21 
Contact Office of Sacramental Life

2. Parent Send-Off Picnic
All new students and their families are invited to a picnic sponsored by Student Development. Parents will take their leave after the picnic, while students will join the start of Welcome Week activities. 

Date: Thursday, August 21
Contact Student Activities & Greek Affairs

3. Welcome Week
Welcome Week is your first opportunity to get acclimated to college by exploring opportunities to: build relationships, engage in social and academic programs, enhance your understanding of what makes the Loyola community unique, and quite simply just have fun. There will be a variety of events hosted throughout including the Student Organization Fair, Saturday of Service and the New Year’s Festival.

Date: Wednesday, August 20 – Saturday, August 30
Contact Student Activities & Greek Affairs
773.508.8850 http://www.luc.edu/welcomeweek/

4. Convocation

The First-Year Student Convocation is an annual tradition when all freshmen are officially inducted into their graduating class, and their academic careers officially begin at Loyola University Chicago. Convocation is a celebration of university life and the traditions of Loyola University Chicago. All freshman students attend this important event as part of Welcome Week celebrations.  The Convocation address is the new student's first academic lecture; it is an introduction to the interplay between the mind and heart at Loyola. After the address, students are broken into to small groups and paired with a faculty member to discuss the first-year text.

Date: Friday, August 22
Contact First-Year Experience

5. Mass of the Holy Spirit
The Mass of the Holy Spirit is an opportunity for the entire University Community to gather in prayer at the beginning of the academic year. We offer thanks to God as well as our prayer for our world, our community and for the success of the coming academic year.

Date: Sunday, August 24
Contact Office of Sacramental Life

6. Loyola 360° Retreat
Loyola 360° is a two day retreat open to all first year students interested in making the most of their Loyola experience by utilizing the social, academic, and spiritual resources on campus.  Retreat participants will come to understand and appreciate the identity and mission of a Jesuit education through relationships with student leaders and professional staff.  This retreat will provide space to make friendships, learn how to be involved in the Loyola community, and support the transition from high school to college.  Through disconnecting from technology and the routine of the Lakeshore campus, students will have the chance to see the bigger picture, get perspective on their experiences, and discern potential opportunities still undiscovered at Loyola.

Dates: September 12-14, September 19-21 (Reserved for Honors), October 17-19, November 7-9, January 23-25, February 20-21

Cost: $50
Contact Loyola Retreats

7. First-Year Weekly Service
Every Tuesday and Friday, a group of First-Year Loyola students travels to St. Thomas of Canterbury Soup Kitchen to prepare, serve, and share a meal.  Join us to go just a few stops south our weekly meeting spot with your U-Pass wearing appropriate clothing and close-toed shoes.  

Dates: Weekly, Tuesdays and Fridays
Contact Center for Community Service and Action


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