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Commencement 2021

The 2021 Commencement ceremonies for Loyola University Chicago will be hosted virtually at LUC.edu/Commencement on May 10 – May 15*.

At Loyola University Chicago, the health, wellbeing, and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors to our campuses remains of utmost importance. In keeping with our Ignatian values, we believe it is our civic responsibility to do everything we can to protect each other, prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), keep in mind the most vulnerable among us, and remain respectful, compassionate, and caring. Despite our hope and desire to hold an in-person Commencement, the Restore Illinois plan for reopening the state and guidance from the City of Chicago makes it clear that it is highly unlikely that we will be able to congregate at large events in one location by early May. To comply with local and state guidelines, and to ensure the safety of Loyola students, their families, friends, faculty, and staff, 2021 Commencement week will be held virtually between Monday, May 10 – Saturday, May 15, 2021.

Thank you for your understanding as we place the safety of our students, their families, friends, faculty, and staff at the forefront of all our decisions. Learn More

2021 Commencement Schedule

Monday, May 10, 2021
Baccalaureate Mass
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
School of Education
School of Environmental Sustainability
The Graduate School
Institute of Pastoral Studies
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
School of Social Work
Thursday, May 13, 2021
School of Communication
School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Quinlan School of Business
Friday, May 14, 2021
College of Arts & Sciences
Saturday, May 15, 2021
School of Law
Stritch School of Medicine

*Schedule is subject to change. A final confirmed timeline will be released in January.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Commencement 2021 being held virtually?

Despite our hope and desire to hold an in-person Commencement, the Restore Illinois plan for reopening the state and guidance from the City of Chicago makes it clear that it is highly unlikely that we will be able to congregate at large events in one location by early May. To comply with local and state guidelines, and to maintain the safety of Loyola students, their families, friends, faculty, and staff, 2021 Commencement week will be held virtually between Monday, May 10 – Saturday, May 15, 2021.

How do I register for Commencement?

Registration for Commencement will open in January. We look forward to sharing more details soon.

Is regalia required for virtual Commencement?

Regalia will not be required for participation in Commencement.

How do I order my cap and gown?

Regalia orders will open in January. We look forward to sharing more details soon.

Can I get a refund for the graduation fee if I choose not to participate in Commencement?

The one-time graduation fee assessed to students covers the cost of the diploma and cover, mailing fees, and other expenses associated with graduation. All graduates must pay the fee, regardless of participation in the ceremony. Your fees will ensure that you receive your diploma and will support the Commencement ceremonies.

Will there be an in-person Commencement celebration?

Yes! We are holding a virtual Commencement Week Monday, May 10 – Saturday May 15, 2021. We are planning to hold an in-person celebration for both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 when conditions allow. We will share more details as they become available.