Loyola University Chicago

Commencement

Families & Guests

We welcome families and friends of graduates to join us on campus at the Commencement ceremonies May 8-12, 2018.  Please see our links below to assist you with your planning.

All Guests should go directly to Gentile Arena where seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please do not accompany your graduate to the preparation areas. Also note that guests will not be permitted to find seats during the Faculty Processional.

The College of Arts and Sciences, Quinlan School of Business, and the Stritch School of Medicine require guest tickets for admission to their ceremonies. Graduates apply for these tickets during their Commencement registration process. 

Do I need tickets to attend the Ceremony? The only ceremonies that require tickets are the College of Arts and Sciences, the Quinlan School of Business, and the Stritch School of Medicine.

How early should I arrive on campus? Doors to Gentile Arena open one hour before each ceremony.  It is encouraged that you arrive 45 minutes before the ceremony.

Are accommodations made for guests with disabilities? Accessible seating is available for guests with disabilities and up to one (1) companion. This seating area is designated for individuals using wheelchairs, persons with limited mobility, and guests with visual or hearing impairments. To make arrangements, please call the Special Events office at 312.915.7500 or email commencement@LUC.edu. Requests will be processed in the order in which they are received and must be submitted by Friday, April 20, 2018.

What happens after the Commencement ceremony? There is an Alumni Welcome Reception after each ceremony for graduates in the West Quad, weather permitting. This is also where graduates and their families can take photos after the ceremony.

Can I bring a stroller into Gentile Arena? We do not allow strollers of any type (umbrella or folding) into Gentile Arena. Limited non-secure strolling parking is available.

How long are the Commencement ceremonies? The Commencement ceremonies last approximately 90 minutes but do vary depending on the number of graduates.

All ceremonies are held in the Gentile Arena on Lake Shore Campus, 1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660.

Public transportation: Graduates and their guests are strongly encouraged to use public transportation whenever possible. Visit Chicago Transit Authority for additional public transportation information. Please note:

  • Loyola is most easily accessible via the “El,” or elevated train. On the Red Line, the Loyola stop drops you off directly across from campus.
  • Both the 147 and 151 buses also have many stops close to campus, including ones at Winthrop Avenue and directly across from campus at the Loyola “El” stop on the Red Line.

Uber and taxi: If you plan on using an Uber or Taxi please use this street address: 1115 West Loyola, Chicago 60660

All ceremonies are held in the Gentile Arena on Lake Shore Campus, 1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660.

Parking on campus is extremely limited. Due to general city traffic please expect lengthy delays when arriving and departing campus.

Parking passes for the main garage are required only for those individuals attending either a College of Arts & Sciences ceremony or the Quinlan School of Business ceremony. This pass allows one car into the main garage for the duration of the ceremony. Students can pick up these passes from their dean’s office.

Parking in the main structure for all other ceremonies is free and does not require a parking pass.

Loyola’s Campus Safety works closely with the Chicago Police Department to manage traffic during Commencement weekend. Please adhere to all instructions given by these officers as they strive to ensure the safety of all our graduates and their families.

Please reference the Lake Shore Campus Map for these locations.

Accessible seating is available for guests with disabilities and up to one (1) companion. This seating area is designated for individuals using wheelchairs, persons with limited mobility, and guests with visual or hearing impairments. To make arrangements, please call the Special Events office at 312.915.7500 or email commencement@luc.edu. Requests will be processed in the order in which they are received and must be submitted by Friday, April 20, 2018.

Commencement ceremonies take place inside an arena with stadium seating, which is reached via a long concourse. As a result, the walk from the parking structure to guest seating in the arena is lengthy. Please plan accordingly.

Wheelchairs: Wheelchairs are allowed inside the arena but are not provided for guests. Please bring if needed for guests who have trouble walking distances. 

Golf carts: There will be golf carts shuttling people to the ceremonies from the main parking structure and other campus locations.

Special seating needs: If you or a guest cannot climb more than 10 steps, there will be special reserved seats for you.

Hearing impairment: If you or a guest require a sign-language interpreter, please let your graduate know so they can indicate that when they register to participate in Commencement. If this is determined after your graduate has registered, please have them e-mail their dean’s office.

If you have additional questions regarding special accommodations, please contact Special Events at commencement@luc.edu before Friday, April 20, 2018. In your message, please clearly indicate which ceremony you are attending and what your needs are.

Guests will not be allowed to approach the stage during the ceremony in order to take photos and/or videos. We appreciate your cooperation as we strive to ensure the safety of all graduates and guests. 

Photos: Grad Images will take photos of each student during the ceremony that will be available for purchase. A free photo proof and mail form will be mailed to graduates a few weeks after the ceremony. Graduates may also view their photo proofs online.

On-Campus Lodging

This year for Commencement 2018, Loyola’s Conference Services Department is excited to have available housing accommodations in Baumhart Hall from May 7-12, 2018 at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus.

Baumhart Hall
26 East Pearson Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-915-6178 

Start date: 5/7/18
End date: 5/12/18
Last day to book: 3/28/18 or when the room block has been exhausted 

Apartment- Two Queen beds: Includes two queen beds in each private bedroom within the two-bedroom apartment suite. You will have a common living space and kitchen. Each fully furnished unit features a kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, pots and pans, cooking utensils, as well as plates, silverware, mugs and glasses. Televisions with cable are in the bedroom, and living room. Ironing board with iron included with apartment, as well as a hair dryer in each bathroom. We also offer complementary use of our state-of-the-art fitness facility. Laundry facility on-site. Wi-Fi is available at $10/device. There will be four apartments available at $264.15/night including tax. 

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Apartment- One Queen Bed: Includes one queen bed in each private bedroom within the two-bedroom apartment suite. You will have a common living space and kitchen. Each fully furnished unit features a kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, pots and pans, cooking utensils, as well as plates, silverware, mugs and glasses. Televisions with cable are in the bedroom, and living room. Ironing board with iron included with apartment, as well as a hair dryer in each bathroom. We also offer complementary use of our state-of-the-art fitness facility. Laundry facility on-site. Wi-Fi is available at $10/device. There will be three apartments available at $233.63/night including tax. 

Please note that Baumhart Hall is located at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, however the Commencement ceremonies will take place at the Lake Shore Campus. Guests staying at Baumhart Hall will need to arrange their own plans to travel to and from the Lake Shore Campus to attend the Commencement ceremonies.

These rooms will be held on a first come first serve basis until March 28, 2018 or when the room block has been exhausted.

Click here to make a reservation at Baumhart Hall and enter in promotion code, “comm2018”.

If you have any questions please contact the Loyola Lodging Team at 312-915-6178 or loyolalodging@luc.edu.

 

Commencement Discounted Lodging Options

Hilton Orrington/Evanston
1710 Orrington Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847-866-8700 

Start Date: 5/8/18
End Date: 5/12/18
Last Day to Book: 4/8/18

The Hilton/Orrington/Evanston is offering a special group rate:

Classic King:

Additional Space, 55-inch HDTV, Work Desk, WiFi, Ergonomic Chair. This comfortable room features a king-sized Hilton Serenity bed with Touch of Down pillows. Get to work at the desk with ergonomic chair, stay connected with WiFi access and stay entertained while watching premium channels on the 55-inch LCD

Classic Queen:

Additional Space, 55-inch HDTV, Work Desk, WiFi, Ergonomic Chair. This comfortable room features 2 queen-sized Hilton Serenity beds with Touch of Down pillows. Get to work at the desk with ergonomic chair, stay connected with WiFi access and stay entertained while watching premium channels on the 55-inch LCD TV.

Single Rate: $205.00 + tax

Double Rate: $205.00 + tax

Triple Rate: $215.00 + tax

Quad Rate: $225.00 + tax

Booking Instructions:

Click here to make a reservation at the Hilton/Orrington Evanston

Reservations can also be made by calling Hilton Central Reservations at at 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667). Please identify yourself as being with Loyola University Chicago 2018 Commencement to receive the group rate.  To confirm a guest reservation, Hilton Orrington/Evanston requires a guarantee of the first night’s room rate and tax, which may be provided by credit card.  This also guarantees the reservation for late arrival.  Individual reservations not canceled within 48 hours prior to arrival date will be charged for 1 night’s room and tax.

 

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
163 E. Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-751-8100 

Start Date: 5/8/18
End Date: 5/12/18
Last Day to Book: 4/9/18

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago is offering a special group rate:

            Standard Room: 1 King Bed $175.00 + tax per night

            Superior Room: 2 Double Beds: $185.00 + tax per night

Click here to make a reservation at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago

Guests may also call reservations at 800-621-8140 and ask for the Loyola University Chicago Commencement group rate.

 

Additional Lodging Option

Hampton Inn Chicago North Loyola Station
1209 W. Albion Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 312-265-5800 

Please call the Hampton Inn Chicago North Loyola Station directly for rates and availability.

Click here to make a reservation at the Hampton Inn Chicago North Loyola Station

  • Purses and other items should be given to family members to hold during the ceremony, since there will be no area in which they can be stored nor will you return to the same seat after crossing the stage.
  • NO strollers are allowed in the Gentile Arena. Please leave them in your car. If you arrive with them, you will be asked to leave them outside the facility.
  • Absolutely no balloons or flags will be allowed into the arena.