Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from the Office of the Provost
Date Sent:Friday, February 5, 2021 01:00 PM CST

Commencement 2021 Update

February 5, 2021

Dear Loyolans,

I write to update you on plans for Loyola University Chicago’s 2021 Commencement ceremonies, which will be hosted virtually from Monday, May 10 to Saturday, May 15, 2021. My colleagues and I understand and share your disappointment that we will not be able to hold 2021 Commencement ceremonies in person. Even after our last message about virtual Commencement, we have carefully considered alternatives for on-campus ceremonies. Unfortunately, these considerations did not result in a feasible outcome for ceremonies in Chicago.

As of this writing, the City of Chicago is in Tier 1 mitigation of the reopening plan for Illinois. Regions in this tier must limit gathering and events to less than 25 guests. We have consulted with the City about what gathering sizes they will likely permit at what time. The best that we can hope for by May is a limitation of 50 guests or less. With this limitation, we would need more than 120 commencements over 40 days to cater to all students not including guests such as parents and friends. Compounding the problem is the complexity of bringing together thousands of graduates, family members, and friends from around the world.

Therefore, honoring our graduates in commencement ceremonies in Chicago is not feasible in 2021, making a virtual celebration the only workable path this year. However, we are committed to a vibrant, multifaceted celebration at the level of inclusion commensurate with this signature event. We continue to be in touch with graduates and student leaders about creating a memorable commencement celebration. Please share your ideas about it by March 1 at commencement@LUC.edu. In a separate communication to graduates, we will provide details that students and families need to know so they can plan and prepare for this special week. You will be able to find these details and the latest updates at our Commencement 2021 website. Thank you again for your understanding, compassion, and resilience.

Together in Loyola,

Norberto Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer