Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President

2010 Invitation to First-Year Student Convocation


Loyola Community,

Next week we will welcome more than 2,000 freshmen, more than 500 transfer students, and more than 2,200 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 have collaborated in this effort. 

Renewed by the summer, 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. Partnering together, we will help create the context for transformative learning to occur within our Loyola University Chicago community.

I invite you to join me in welcoming the class of 2014 to Loyola University Chicago on Friday, August 27, at the First-Year Student Convocation. The specifics for this annual event are included below.

First-Year Student Convocation
Friday, August 27
4–5 p.m.
Joseph J. Gentile Center, LSC

Eboo Patel, PhD, founder and executive director of Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core and author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, will offer the convocation address. Dr. Patel was named one of ten young Muslim visionaries shaping Islam in America by Islamica Magazine and he was also chosen by Harvard’s Kennedy School Review as one of five future policy leaders to watch. This May, he was honored at Loyola’s 2010 Commencement with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. In addition to this convocation address, Dr. Patel will discuss “Interfaith Leadership and Transformative Education” at 7 p.m., in the Mundelein Center Auditorium. The event is open to the public, and you can register at LUC.edu/patel.

Faculty members are invited to process into the convocation, and Lake Shore Campus staff offices have been encouraged to close early to allow individuals to attend the 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 the convocation. Prior to convocation, weather permitting, you may also notice students gathering on the East Quad. As part of the tradition we began last year, the students will come together as a group and then process to the Gentile Center together, passing through the ceremonial doors of the Cudahy Library first. As students approach the end of the walk they will receive a spirited welcome by members of the faculty and staff. To participate in the "Welcome Tunnel," please plan to meet on the east steps of Cudahy Science Hall at 3 p.m.

Lastly, the Lake Shore Campus Mass of the Holy Spirit will take place on Sunday, August 29, in the Gentile Center, at 5 p.m. The Water Tower Campus Mass of the Holy Spirit will take place on Tuesday, September 7, in Kasbeer Hall, at 11 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