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Presidential Inauguration

Frequently Asked Questions


Where can I read about President Reed’s background?

Dr. Reed's biography is available online here.

May I bring a guest to the Mass, the Installation Ceremony, and/or the Community Reception?

Yes, you may bring a guest to any of the inaugural events. Please register yourself and all your guests online here.

Is there a charge to attend any of the inaugural events?

There is no charge to attend any of the inaugural events.

Will I need a ticket to attend any of the inaugural events?

You will not need a ticket to attend any of the inaugural events, but you will need to please register online here.

Why are RSVPs necessary in order to attend one or more of the events on Thursday, November 3?

In order to accommodate all guests at all the inaugural events and to plan for catering and all other relevant logistics, we request that you register for all inaugural events that you plan to attend. You may register here.

When is the last day to register for inaugural events?

There is no deadline by which guests must register, but to assist the planners with catering and other relevant event planning, all are requested to register by Friday, October 14.

I cannot attend any of the inaugural events in person. Will there be a live stream of the Mass and the Installation Ceremony?

Yes, you can watch a live stream of both the 10 a.m. Missioning Mass and the 2 p.m. Installation Ceremony. Please visit LUC.edu/inauguration on Thursday, November 3 for a live stream link.

What is the proper attire for the events?

The proper attire for inaugural events is business attire. Delegates as well as Loyola faculty who will participate in the Academic Procession and Installation Ceremony are asked to bring and wear their academic apparel.

I will need special assistance on Thursday, November 3 (wheelchair assistance, sign-language interpretation, etc.), can you assist me?

We would be pleased to accommodate any guest's requests. Please contact inauguration@LUC.edu.

I have a question that was not answered here, who should I contact at Loyola?

Please email inauguration@LUC.edu and someone in that office can assist you.

Are there any COVID-19 restrictions I need to be aware of?

Details will be shared closer to Inauguration.

Will classes be in session on November 3?

Classes scheduled before 4 pm on Thursday, November 3 will not be in session. We encourage all students to join us for the Inauguration Installation ceremony and the community reception. 


What is a Missioning Mass?

A Missioning Mass is a Eucharistic celebration in which the Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus officially confers a blessing that carries responsibility and authority over an official work of the Jesuits. In Dr. Reed's case, the Provincial of the Chicago Midwest USA Province is missioning him to be the "Director of the Apostolic Work" of Loyola University Chicago. Since it is the Provincial Superior who enables Loyola University Chicago to call itself "Jesuit," this Mass is the formal recognition that the Society of Jesus entrusts him with the leadership of an apostolate under their sponsorship.

Is there a reception after the Missioning Mass?

Yes, a post-Mass reception will be held in the atrium of the Damen Student Center immediately following the Mass. All are invited to enjoy some light snacks and refreshments at this reception.


How will the Inaugural Procession route change in the event of inclement weather?

If it rains or snows heavily on Thursday, November 3, the Inaugural Procession will be canceled. Everyone is invited to proceed directly into the Gentile Arena for the Installation Ceremony which will begin at 2 p.m.


What will take place at the Installation Ceremony at 2 p.m.?

The Installation Ceremony will include an Academic Procession by University delegates from across the country, including Loyola faculty, as well as a color guard, musical performances, formal greetings by key institutional constituencies, and a keynote address by Dr. Reed.

Are there assigned seats for the Installation Ceremony in Gentile Arena?

Loyola administrators, faculty and institutional delegates who will participate in the Academic Procession will have reserved seats near the stage in the Gentile Arena. All other seats will be open, and everyone is invited to sit wherever they would like for the Installation Ceremony.

How long is the inauguration ceremony?

The Inauguration Ceremony is expected to last around 60 minutes.

Community Reception

Where will the Community Reception take place?

All are invited to join President Reed at the Community Reception immediately following the Installation Ceremony. This reception will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Damen Student Center, adjacent to Gentile Arena. There will be food and refreshments at this reception.

Will there be an opportunity to take a photo with President Reed at the Community Reception?

Although there will not be a formal receiving line for greeting Dr. Reed, our University photographer will be at all inauguration events and all event photos will be posted online at LUC.edu/inauguration.


I am a reporter or writer and would like to cover the inaugural events, who do I need to contact for press credentials?

Please contact Matt McDermott at mbedugnis@luc.edu.

Accommodations & Transportation

How can I get to Loyola via public transportation?

Loyola strongly encourages the use of public transportation. The Lake Shore Campus is conveniently located off the CTA Red Line-Loyola “L" station. The CTA bus 147 also drops off directly in front of campus. To plan your trip to campus and for maps of CTA train and bus lines please visit: transitchicago.com

If I take Uber or Lyft to Loyola on Thursday, November 3, what address should I give my driver?

The main address for the university is 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, Illinois 60660.

I would like to print a map of campus, what is the link to the map?

The link to Loyola's campus map is here.

How can I book a hotel room in Chicago with a Loyola-reduced rate?

The following hotels have partnerships with Loyola and are offering discounts:

Lake Shore Campus
Hampton Inn - Chicago North/Loyola Station

1209 West Albion Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60626
Discount Code: 0560026501 or Room Reservations (10% discount)

The Flats at Loyola Station
1216 W. Arthur Avenue, chicago, Illinois 60626
When booking, please leave a comment on the reservation that you are affiliated with Loyola University Chicago to receive a 10% discount. 

The Guesthouse Hotel
4872 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60640
Discount Code: RAMBLERS10 (10% discount) - Visit www.theguesthousehotel.com

Water Tower Campus
Loyola Lodging at Baumhart Hall
26 East Pearson Street
loyolalodging@LUC.edu or https://lodging.luc.edu

The Drake
140 East Walton Place, Chicago, Illinois 60611
Loyola University Discounted Corporate Link