President's Ball

Leadership. Scholarship. Service.

The Loyola University Chicago President’s Ball is an annual semi-formal event, which celebrates the accomplishments of the President’s Medallion recipients.  One medallion recipient is selected from each of Loyola’s 14 colleges; Arrupe College, School of Continuing Studies and Professional Studies, Quinlan School of Business, The Graduate School, Stritch School of Medicine, School of Law, Institute of Pastoral Studies, School of Education, School of Communication, College of Arts & Sciences, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and School of Social Work.

This year the President's Medallion Ceremony will take place on November 6th, 2020.

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President's Ball FAQs

The Loyola University Chicago President’s Ball is an annual semi-formal event, which celebrates the accomplishments of the President’s Medallion recipients.  One medallion recipient is selected from each of Loyola’s 14 colleges; Arrupe College, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Quinlan School of Business, The Graduate School, Stritch School of Medicine, School of Law, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, School of Education, School of Communication, College of Arts & Sciences, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and School of Social Work.

Originally, the President’s Medallions were presented during the President’s Ball, a semi-formal dance held in November of each year.  The custom has now evolved to presentation of the President’s Medallions earlier in the day at a private reception, dinner, and ceremony.  Following this ceremony, the President’s Ball is held to honor President’s Medallion Recipients.

Due to COVID-19 the 2020 President's Ball will not be taking place. The President's Medallions will still be awarded virtually on November 6th, 2020. 

The President’s Medallion is one of the most prestigious awards conferred by Loyola University Chicago.  A medallion is presented to a single student in each college, school or institute of the University each year.  President’s Medallion recipients must meet the following qualifications:

Currently enrolled student expected to graduate in the 2020-2021  academic year;
Rank academically in the upper 25% of his/her class;
Best exemplify a combination of outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service;
Person of integrity and good reputation;
Manifest leadership in serving others through involvement in student organizations or volunteering in community settings.

Loyola University Chicago has awarded the President’s Medallion annually to its most outstanding students for almost 50 years.  The President’s Medallions and President’s Ball are longstanding Loyola traditions.

Historically, the President’s Ball has provided an opportunity for student leaders to celebrate the founding of Loyola University, then known as St. Ignatius College, by Jesuit Father Arnold Damen and four other Jesuit priests more than 140 years ago. The spirit of Father Damen has endured to this day and is represented by the recipients of the President’s Medallion.

The President’s Medallion Reception, Dinner, and Ceremony are limited to the Medallion Recipients, their Deans, and a limited number of guests.  Attendance at this private event is by invitation only.

The President’s Ball is open to any current student at Loyola University Chicago, and their guest.  Attendees must purchase tickets for themselves and their guests which are limited to 1,000 participants.

Due to COVID-19 the ball will be postponed to Fall 2021.