Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from the Office of the President
Date Sent:Wednesday, May 20, 2020 03:36 PM CDT

Update on Commencement 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Commencement at Loyola University Chicago is always a special—even sacred—event. It is when we send our graduates forth to set the world on fire equipped with an exceptional Jesuit education. This year, Commencement is even more special, because we celebrate Loyola’s 150th anniversary. The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to change our grand plans for Commencement Week on campus. However, the graduates of our sesquicentennial Class of 2020 have inspired all of us with their resilience, courage, determination, and hope. COVID-19 may have led to heartbreak for our graduates, but they reassembled the pieces into vibrant works of art.

Due to the need for social distancing, we marked the week and the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 with a student toast. We also held many virtual celebrations hosted by our schools, colleges, institutes, departments, and programs. Our hope and plan was to welcome all our graduating students, their families, and friends back to campus in August for Commencement.

Despite our hope and desire, the Restore Illinois plan for reopening the state and guidance from the City of Chicago makes it clear that we must consider alternatives. These directives and the associated timelines and benchmarks now make it highly unlikely that we will be able to congregate at large events in one location by early August.

We will not let this milestone moment for our 2020 graduates pass without a celebration and are now planning a Virtual Commencement in August 2020. Separately, we will hold a special in-person celebration for the Class of 2020 at a later date when it is legally allowable and medically advisable. Thank you for your understanding as we place the safety of our students, their families, friends, faculty, and staff at the forefront of all our decisions.

As soon as possible, we will be sharing the event details for our Virtual Commencement. We will also share with you information on your academic regalia. Please visit the Commencement website for resources and FAQs.

Our on-campus Commencement festivities may be deferred. However, our celebrations will have a uniquely special meaning when we are finally able to meet in person, continuing to celebrate our sesquicentennial Class of 2020!

Together in Loyola,

Jo Ann Rooney JD, LLM, EdD

Norberto M. Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer