Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Glossary of Terms

The Master’s and Doctoral cap, gown, hood, and tassel.

The first step in getting your degree conferred. You will apply for graduation by applying in LOCUS.

In the case where an employer needs proof that you have completed your degree requirements before your degree is conferred, you may request a certification letter from the Graduate School, Heather Sevener, Assistant Dean.

This is the ceremony that is held each year in May to celebrate the achievement of receiving your degree.

This is the program that is handed out at the commencement ceremony that includes all names of students graduating.

Also known as graduation. This is the official action of the University approving your degree.

The program requirements and Graduate School requirements that you must complete in order to be eligible for graduation/degree conferral.

Your diploma will be mailed to you approximately 6 weeks following when your degree has been conferred. If you have any questions regarding your diploma, you must contact Registration and Records (diploma@luc.edu).

You meet the criteria and guidelines to participate in the commencement ceremony.

The process of having your degree conferred/awarded.