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. 

The 2021 Palmer Symposium will be held virtually on March 19, 2021. Researchers, educators, practitioners, administrators, and students are invited to submit an abstract for a poster presentation. Abstract submissions are due January 22. 

Register today


Celebrate Loyola Nursing's Class of 2021! To watch the virtual Commencement ceremony, read a message from Dean Lorna Finnegan, or explore this year's program book, visit LUC.edu/commencement.

Learn more about this year’s Commencement keynote, Shannon Zenk, 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 held at the Madonna della Strada chapel on Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus. 

ABN HSC Virtual Honors and Pinning Event
Monday, May 10, 2021 - 3 p.m. (Central time)

Four-Year BSN Virtual Honors and Pinning Event
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 5 p.m. (Central time)

Hybrid ABSN Virtual Honors and Pinning Event
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 9 a.m. (Central time)

Read about our Fall 2020 Virtual Honors & Pinning ceremonies.

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 Spring 2021 Day of Scholarship will be held the morning of Monday, May 10, 2021. Details to be announced. 

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.