The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing is proud to host multiple celebrations and events throughout the year. 

Explore other events by visiting Loyola Nursing's online calendar.

Ruth K. Palmer Symposium


Each year the School of Nursing sponsors the Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium. For decades, this event has addressed issues critical to nursing research, education, administration, policy, and clinical practice. 

Register for the 2023 Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium


Celebrate Loyola Nursing's Class of 2022! In addition to University-sponsored Commencement events, the School of Nursing will be hosting the following events to celebrate our graduates:

Day of Scholarship*
Monday, May 9, 2022 | 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. CT
Check in will begin at 12:00 PM in the first floor lobby, Stritch School of Medicine. Students should plan to arrive no later than 12:30 PM. The recognition ceremony/reception will begin at 3:30 p.m.

ABSN Combined Honors & Pinning*
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | 11 a.m. CT
Jo Ann Rooney Hall, Mundelein Center, Lake Shore Campus

Four-Year BSN Honors & Pinning*
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | 5:30 p.m. CT
Jo Ann Rooney Hall, Mundelein Center, Lake Shore Campus

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Commencement*
Tuesday, May 11, 2022 | 10 a.m. CDT
Gentile Arena, Lake Shore Campus
Reception to follow on the West Quad

*Please review COVID-19 guiance for on-campus events on Loyola's Health, Safety, and Well-Being website

Learn more about this year’s Commencement keynote, Jacquelyn Taylor, and explore past speakers

Honors & Pinning


Each semester, Loyola Nursing honors Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Accelerated BSN graduates at Honors & Pinning ceremonies. This tradition recognizes graduates' transition to the first phase of their nursing career: from student to professional. It is usually held at the Madonna della Strada chapel on Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus. 

Learn more about the Honors & Pinning Ceremony at Loyola Nursing

Day of Scholarship

The Day of Scholarship celebrates the culmination of Loyola Nursing's graduate students' studies and research. Classmates, faculty, friends, and families are invited to the Day of Scholarship to watch as students present their final papers on a self-selected health care topic. 

The Fall 2021 Day of Scholarship will be held virtually on Monday, December 10, 2021, 12:00pm to 4:00pm (CST).

Distinguished Speaker

Loyola Nursing master’s and doctoral committee, The Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Education (I-TIE), and Trinity Health collaborate on this annual event for nursing and medical students, RNs, APRNs, MDs, pharmacists, social services professionals, and anyone else interested in the topic. Interprofessional continuing education credits are awarded upon completion of the program evaluation.  

Dedication to the Profession


A time for students to reflect and pledge themselves to the health care profession, the School of Nursing's Dedication to the Profession marks a significant milestone in the educational journey of our nursing students. Loyola faculty preside over the ceremony and bless the hands of students, alumni, and other health care professionals who attend.

Nurses Month

Each May, the American Nurses Association (ANA) hosts a month-long celebration of the nursing profession. As a leader in nursing education, Loyola University Chicago's Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing is proud to join our colleagues from across the country in recognizing the invaluable contributions of nurses. 

Learn more