Loyola University Chicago


The Graduate School

The Commencement ceremony for the Graduate School will begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Gentile Arena on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus.

Click here to register to participate in Commencement.

Candidates interested in delivering the Graduate School Student Commencement speech must apply by Friday, March 13, 2020. This graduate student must be eligible to attend the Commencement ceremony (see eligibility requirements). Ideally, the speech should reflect on the experiences of graduates at a Jesuit university. The speech will be between 3–5 minutes, which is about 700–850 words.

Interested candidates must file a letter of intent, along with a draft of the speech, and a brief resume to: Emily Forestieri, eforestieri@luc.edu.

Please include a daytime phone number and email address where you may be contacted during the semester. The Graduate School will notify the selected student by Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

If you are a PhD student, you will be hooded on stage by your dissertation director. Please check with your director regarding their ability to participate in the ceremony. If your director is unable to attend, please arrange for another faculty member (e.g., another member of the dissertation committee or the graduate program director) to serve as your hooder. Please notify Emily Forestieri, (eforestieri@luc.edu) of this arrangement by April 10, 2020.

Monday, May 4, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
Information Commons, 4th floor

As part of the Commencement celebration, the Graduate School invites all those attending the commencement ceremony to a cocktail reception in their honor. Students are welcome to bring their family and friends. The reception is free for all students and their guests. Please RSVP eith your Commencement registration.

Emily Forestieri