Loyola University Chicago


School of Education

The Commencement ceremony for the School of Education will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Gentile Arena on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus.

Click here to participate in Commencement. Make sure you have applied to graduation in LOCUS before you attempt to register for participation in Commencement.

Graduation Fairs:


Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

MPR, Damen Student Center (LSC)


Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Regents Hall, Lewis Towers – Floor 16 (WTC)

Candidates interested in delivering the School of Education commencement speech must apply by Monday, February 3, 2020. To be fully considered, your speech must:

  • Reflect on your experiences as a graduate from a Jesuit University and consider how social justice will impact your future as an educator, a person in a community, and a contributing member to society and the world
  • Tell us about a unique and powerful moment in the School of Education at Loyola that has shaped how you see the world and your place in it
  • Reflect on the Social of Education’s Conceptual Framework, Professionalism in the Service of Social Justice
  • Contain 1,000 words or less
  • Be electronically submitted to Blake Chambliss, mchambliss1@LUC.edu, along with a resume no later than Monday, February 3, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Entries will be scored by a committee on criteria including topic, social justice, organization, and interest. The graduate who submits the speech receiving the top score will be notified no later than Monday, February 24, 2020.

If you are a doctoral 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 Hannah Luchtenburg (hluchtenburg@LUC.edu) of this arrangement by Friday, April 10, 2020.


MEd students will carry their hood over their arm until the President instructs them to put on their hoods.

Monday, May 4, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Regents Hall, Lewis Towers – Floor 16 (WTC)


As part of the Commencement celebration, the School of Education 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.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Time & Location TBD


As part of the Commencement celebration for all non-doctoral graduate students, you are invited to join in a celebratory champagne toast with other graduates from across all programs. Details will be shared in Spring regarding application for student speaker, location, and time of reception. Students are welcome to bring their families and friends to celebrate. Graduates who attend will receive a special keepsake momento. 

Monday, May 4, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Regents Hall, Lewis Towers – Floor 16 (WTC)


As part of the Commencement celebration, the School of Education invites all students graduating with honors to a congratulatory brunch. Students are welcome to bring their families and friends. To graduate with honors, students must earn a cumulative Loyola GPA of at least 3.5. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 60 graded Loyola hours (excluding pass-no pass hours) to be eligible for academic honors.


This event is by invitation only.

  • Grad apparel (gowns, tassels, and hoods) can be purchased at the Universities Bookstores and Grad Fair at either campus. Please check the Commencement website for up-to-date information.  
  • Plan to arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. to have enough time on Tuesday, May 5, at the Lake Shore Campus.
  • Check in at the Den to get your seating card in the Damen Student Center
  • Do NOT lose your seating card!
  • Undergraduate and Masters students must be in their assigned seats in the Gentile Arena by 9:45 a.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. and will last approximately 90 minutes. Late arrivals may not be permitted.
  • Tassels should be worn on the left side at Commencement and for picture taking. The tassel color is light blue for all education graduates.
  • 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 in the arena.


Blake Chambliss
Undergraduate Academic Advisor


Hannah Luchtenburg
Administrative Assistant, Assistant Dean of Student Academic Services