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Commencement 2021

Lake Shore Campus, Water Tower Campus, and Health Sciences Campus 

To celebrate your graduation, we are excited to offer you photo experience opportunities on each of Loyola University’s campuses. Please see below for more information and reach out to commencement@LUC.edu with questions.

Class of 2021 Branded Backdrops

Monday, April 19 through Saturday, May 15, 2021 
Normal building access hours 

We are pleased to share that special Class of 2021 branded backdrops are available at the following campus locations:  

Lake Shore Campus

Damen Student Center, Atrium  

Water Tower Campus

Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J. Hall, Terry Student Center  

Health Sciences Campus

Cuneo Annex 

Stationary Campus Spaces

We encourage you to take photos at various stationary on-campus spaces on all three campuses that are important to you. Suggestions include:  

Lake Shore Campus 

Damen Statue, the alcove between Madonna della Strada Chapel and the Information Commons, Wolf and Kettle statue, and outside of campus buildings.  

Water Tower Campus

Outside any of the main campus buildings (i.e. Corboy Law Center, Schreiber Center, Maguire Hall, etc.) 

Health Science Campus

Outside of any of the main campus buildings or next to St. Ignatius’ statue. 

Cudahy Doors

Lake Shore Campus 
Monday, April 19 through Saturday, May 15, 2021 
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

We are excited to offer you the opportunity to walk through the Cudahy Doors and symbolically complete your journey as a Loyola University Chicago student.  

In order to walk through the Cudahy Doors, please make your way to the east doors of Cudahy Library. These are the doors that face the lake and are located just north of the Information Commons. You will enter through these east doors and then walk through Donovan Reading Room and out the Cudahy Doors. 

We encourage you to bring your diploma cover and/or unfilled champagne flute with you through the doors.  

As you exit the doors, you will also be able to pause for a moment so a classmate can take a quick photo of you outside the doors before departing.  

Please note that students are not allowed to bring champagne or sparkling cider bottles, confetti, poppers, streamers, or balloons with them through the doors. 


History of the Cudahy Doors 

Since 2009, graduates have been walking through these doors at New Student Convocation as first-year students and walk out of the doors in the days leading up to their graduation from Loyola University Chicago.  

These doors are incredibly meaningful for our graduates as they represent both the beginning and end of their journey at Loyola University Chicago as students.  

Known as the “Cudahy Doors” or the “Green Doors” they have become a favorite photo opportunity for both prospective, current, and graduating students. 

Remember as you visit campus...

Loyola University Chicago remains focused on the health, safety, and well-being of our community as our top priority, and we understand that families and graduates may visit campus to take celebratory photos to mark this milestone achievement following the walk through the Cudahy doors.  

To protect the health and safety of all students, faculty, and staff, we ask that if you choose to visit campus that you:  

  • Wear a mask or face covering that always covers both your nose and mouth. Ensure your guests wear a mask or face covering that always covers both their nose and mouth as well.
  • Socially distance yourself and guests from others on campus.
  • Limit the number of guests that accompany you and follow campus guidelines for what is legally allowed and medically advisable.
  • Please limit your photos to outdoor campus space only. For more information on what resource’s and facilities are currently available to students, please click here.
  • Follow all directions posted on and/or around campus buildings and signage boards throughout the campus.
  • Keep the Rambler Promise of care for self, care for others, and care for the greater community in mind.  

We ask that you abide by all current City of Chicago COVID-19 guidelines and travel orders, if applicable.