Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President

Invitation to First-Year Student Convocation


Loyola Community,

This week we welcome 2,118 freshmen, 644 transfer students, and 1,602 graduate students to Loyola University Chicago. We are grateful for the hard work and commitment of our enrollment management team and the many faculty and staff members who partnered in this effort.

Renewed by time off with family and friends, we begin this academic year with a sense of anticipation and excitement and look forward to all that we will experience, learn, and discover this year. Undoubtedly, our students are even more excited to begin, or continue, their college careers and graduate coursework at Loyola. Together, we will strengthen and support our Loyola University Chicago community.

I invite you to join me in welcoming the class of 2013 to Loyola University Chicago this Friday, August 21, at the First-Year Student Convocation. The specifics for this annual event are included below.

      First-Year Student Convocation
      Friday, August 21
      4–5 p.m.
      Joseph J. Gentile Center, LSC

Greg Mortenson, humanitarian and co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Three Cups of Tea, will deliver the keynote address and be awarded an honorary doctorate.

Faculty members have been invited to process into the convocation, and Lake Shore Campus staff offices have been encouraged to close early to allow individuals to attend this event. It would be a tremendous show of support and welcome for our new students to have as many faculty and staff members as possible attend convocation this Friday. Prior to convocation, weather permitting, you may also notice students gathering on the East Quad. As part of a new tradition, the students will come together as a group and then process into the Gentile Center together.

Additionally, the Lake Shore Campus Mass of the Holy Spirit will take place on Sunday, August 23, in the Gentile Center at 4 p.m. The Water Tower Campus Mass of the Holy Spirit will take place on Wednesday, September 2, at St. James Chapel (located inside Quigley Preparatory Seminary, 103 E. Chestnut) at 10 a.m. All faculty and staff members are invited to attend these annual events to mark the opening of our academic year.


Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
President, Loyola University Chicago