Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from the Office of the President
Date Sent:Wednesday, March 31, 2021 08:30 AM CDT

Restoring a Commencement Tradition

March 31, 2021

Dear Loyola Community,

Since 2009, our students have marked both the beginning and the end of their journeys at Loyola University Chicago by walking through the Cudahy Library doors at the Lake Shore Campus. Also known as the “Green Doors,” this tradition has become a favorite photo opportunity for prospective, current, and graduating students.

We are excited to offer the Class of 2021 the ability to walk through the Cudahy Doors this spring to complete symbolically their journeys as Loyola students. While our Commencement festivities may look different this year because in-person celebrations are not feasible at this time with the ongoing pandemic, we are thrilled to be able to restore this important ritual for our graduates by doing it in a safe and socially distanced manner.

During set hours on Monday, April 19 through Saturday, May 15, the Cudahy Door experience will be available so students can walk through the space and take a commemorative photo outside of the doors. Other photo experiences for graduating students will also be available on each campus during these set dates.

Families will also be welcome to join for these experiences. We request that each group limit their size to six or fewer individuals, and all attendees on our campuses must continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Additional details regarding photo experiences at each campus and other programs for the Class of 2021 can be found on our Commencement website at LUC.edu/commencement/photoexperience and LUC.edu/commencement/programming. Students who are not able to come to campus can still take a photo with a variety of backdrops virtually via the digital 2021 Commencement Celebration Kit.

The health, safety, and well-being of our entire community, which includes the parents and families of our graduating students, remains Loyola’s top priority. If you do choose to visit campus, we ask that you please follow the University’s Required Personal Safety Practices.

We greatly look forward to welcoming the Class of 2021 to campus to partake in this incredibly meaningful Commencement tradition.

Together in Loyola,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Norberto Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Jane Neufeld
Vice President, Division of Student Development