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Commencement

Loyola University Chicago will hold a Virtual Commencement in August 2020, and a special in-person celebration for the Class of 2020 when it is legally allowable and medically advisable (LAMA). Thank you for your understanding as we place the safety of our students, faculty, and staff at the forefront of all our decisions.

All degrees will still be conferred in May or June, and diplomas will be mailed.

For more information about commencement, academic regalia, and more, please consult the Commencement FAQ below. If you have additional questions, please email COVID-19support@LUC.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Student When will the Virtual Commencement 2020 be held? (05/20/20)

We will soon email graduating students with the full event details. Many details are still being finalized.

Student When will I officially receive my degree? (05/20/20)

All degrees will be conferred in May or June as previously scheduled, and diplomas will be mailed. In other words, graduating students are officially Loyola alumni in May or June.

Student Can I get a refund on my cap and gown? (05/20/20)

Purchased Regalia (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialists, and non-Law Certificate programs)

For students who pre-ordered their caps and gowns for a May ceremony, Jostens, our regalia vendor, is waiving its no-refund policy. For a refund, please email office.scinto@jostens.com with your name and order number by Friday, May 29. You will receive an automatic response that acknowledges your request and states that all requests will be honored if received by Friday, May 29.

Refunds are currently being processed and will take approximately 6 weeks.

If you have previously submitted a refund request, it is currently being processed. You do not need to submit an additional request.

Please note that refund requests after Friday, May 29 will not be accepted, and your regalia will be mailed to the permanent address on file with the University. If you still wish to receive a refund, you will need to send the regalia back to the address provided by Jostens with the regalia in the unopened package.

Rental Regalia (Doctoral Students – EdD, PhD, DNP, DBe)

For doctoral students who ordered caps and gowns for a May ceremony, Jostens, our regalia vendor, is waiving its no-refund policy. For a refund, please email office.scinto@jostens.com with your name and order number by Friday, May 29.

Refunds are currently being processed and will take approximately 6 weeks.

Please note that refund requests after Friday, May 29 will not be accepted, and your regalia will be mailed to the permanent address on file with the University.

Student If I pre-ordered purchased regalia (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist’s, and non-Law Certificate programs), how will I receive my cap and gown for the Virtual Ceremony? (05/20/20)

All regalia will be mailed to the permanent address on file with the University from Jostens at no charge in time for the August virtual ceremony. Caps and gowns will not be available for pick up.

Address Changes

Please login into your LOCUS student account to access the permanent address on file with the University and make updates by Friday, May 29.

International Students

Unfortunately, Jostens cannot ship internationally. If you will be in the United States through the end of July, please provide an address within the United States via email to office.scinto@jostens.com by Friday, May 29 with your name and order number.

If you will be or are currently outside of the United States and pre-ordered regalia, your regalia will be sent directly to the Loyola Bookstore. The Loyola University Bookstore can ship internationally; you will be responsible for all international rates and all applicable taxes and fees.

Student Can I still order a cap and gown for the Virtual Ceremony? (05/20/20)

Purchased Regalia (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialists, and non-Law Certificate programs)

Graduating students in Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist’s, and Non-Law Certificate programs who did not pre-order their regalia can order through the Loyola Bookstore to have their cap and gown shipped.

To order and ship your regalia, please visit loyolachishop.com to order your regalia between July 6 – 17. Students will be charged based on the shipping speed they select: Ground (7-10 business days): Free; 2nd Day Air: $13.50; Next Day Air: $18.00.

Rental Regalia (Doctoral Students – EdD, PhD, DNP, DBe, and School of Law Students)

Graduating students in other programs should look for further communication from their specific schools regarding the ordering and shipping process for your regalia.

Student I am an international student, what are my options for regalia? (05/20/20)

If you pre-ordered your regalia and you will be in the United States through the end of July, please provide an address within the United States via email to office.scinto@jostens.com with your name and order number by Friday, May 29.

If you pre-ordered your regalia and will be or are currently outside of the United States, your regalia will be sent directly to the Loyola Bookstore. The Loyola University Bookstore can ship internationally; you will be responsible for all international rates and all applicable taxes and fees. Please call the Loyola Bookstore at 773.508.7350 to coordinate your regalia shipment.

If you have not yet ordered regalia, but would like to, you can order through the Loyola Bookstore from July 6 through July 17 by calling 773.508.7350. International students will be charged for international rates and all applicable taxes and fees.

Student What about my honor cords? (05/20/20)

If you are eligible for individual school honor cords, those will be mailed to the address on file with the University or the address provided either to Jostens or the Bookstore.