Graduation Commencement

 

LORAS COLLEGE
MAY 2015 COMMENCEMENT
 

ALL COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD ON
SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015

(as of October 22, 2014)
 

Baccalaureate Mass
Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 10:00am in the Athletic & Wellness Center on the Loras College campus.  The doors to the Athletic & Wellness Center will open at 8:30am.  Seating in the Athletic & Wellness Center will be available on the main floor for guests with special needs.  Limited handicapped seating and wheel chair seating is also available on the upper level.   Music for this Mass is provided by the Loras College choirs and Campus Ministry.  Graduates should gather by 9:30am in the Athletic & Wellness Center; the procession will begin at 9:50am.  Graduates will wear full academic regalia and will sit together.  **If Commencement is held indoors due to inclement weather, only authorized personnel will be allowed to remain in the Athletic & Wellness Center following the conclusion of the Baccalaureate Mass in order to prepare for graduation; all other guests must excuse themselves and will not be permitted to remain or reserve seats for themselves or others.    

Lunch

Information will be added closer to the event date.
 

Commencement
Commencement exercises for the Class of 2015 will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1:30pm in the Rock Bowl Stadium on the Loras College campus.  If the ceremony is held in the Rock Bowl Stadium, no tickets are required.  For the comfort of our guests, the ceremony may also be viewed in the Alumni Campus Center/Marie Graber Ballroom (no ticket required).     
 
In the event of inclement weather, the Commencement Ceremony will be a ticketed event and will be held in the Athletic & Wellness CenterEach graduate will be issued tickets (number to be determined) at the Grad Fair event.  In accordance with Dubuque Fire Code regulations, all guests must have a ticket (exception being babies sitting on laps).  Please note that a ticket allows admission into the Athletic & Wellness Center, but does not guarantee a seat.  Seats are on a first-come basis and cannot be reserved.  The sale of Commencement tickets is prohibited.  Guests without a ticket will not be admitted to the Athletic & Wellness Center, but will be able to view the Commencement ceremony in the Alumni Campus Center/Marie Graber Ballroom (no ticket required).   

Students gather in Graber Center by 1:00pm. Students wear full commencement apparel and have assigned seating . A seating chart/ directions for lining up will be emailed to graduates prior to commencement practice.

In case of inclement weather, Commencement will be held in the Athletic & Wellness Center.  Students gather in the Alumni Campus Center/ Cafeteria by 1:00pm. Graduates will process to the Athletic & Wellness Center via the bridge. Students wear full commencement apparel and have assigned seating. A seating chart/ directions for lining up will be emailed to graduates prior to commencement practice.

Doors will open for guests in the Rock Bowl or Athletic & Wellness Center at 12:30pm.  There are limited numbers of handicapped accessible seating located on the upper level of both facilities.  Seating in both facilities will only be reserved for graduates, honored guests and faculty and staff that are part of the ceremony.  All parking lots on the Loras College campus will be open and parking is free.  The Hennessy Hall parking lot is designated as handicapped parking only.  Handicapped parking for the Athletic & Wellness Center is located in the lot adjacent the building.  Security will be available at both locations to assist guests.

 
Commencement Practice
Commencement practice will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 9:45am in Graber Sports Center.  Graduates will receive a seating chart and directions for Commencement.  Rehearsal will last approximately 45 minutes.
 
Pictures
Jolesch Photography will photograph each graduate as he/she crosses the stage and receives the diploma cover.  A second picture will be taken as the student leaves the stage.  The proofs and an order form will be emailed to the graduate.  No pre-ordering or pre-payment is necessary.
 
Announcements
Standard Loras graduation announcements may be purchased in bundles of ten (10) for $21.99 through the Loras College Bookstore in the Academic Resource Center.  Personalized announcement may be ordered via www.Herffjones.com.  The deadline to order personalized announcements is April 30, 2015.  Custom announcements ordered after April 30th are not guaranteed for delivery prior to the ceremony.  Contact the Bookstore via phone (563.588.7130) or web link at:  http://loras.bkstore.com.
 
Grad Fair
The Grad Fair will take place in the Alumni Campus Center/Marie Graber Ballroom.  The date/time will be determined closer to the event.  Critical loan repayment informational sessions will be given every hour beginning at 1:00pm, with the last session starting at 5:00pm.  Students may complete the federal loan exit requirement by attending one of these sessions and completing the appropriate loan paperwork. 
 
Commencement apparel may be picked up during this event from 12:30pm-4:30pm.  Commencement apparel does not need to be returned.  Should the cap or gown need to be replaced prior to graduation, a charge of $75.00 will be assessed.  Tickets for the Commencement ceremony (required only if held in Athletic & Wellness Center) will also be distributed.
 
To receive regalia and tickets, a student must have an authorization form from the Business Office to present to Bookstore personnel.  Authorization forms will be emailed by the Business Office to all eligible students, who have a paid in full balance.
 
Laptop Information
Graduating seniors will receive information on returning their laptops, and disabling email accounts, network space and personal web pages.  Laptops must be returned to the Help Desk by 12:00pm on May 22, 2015.
 
Diplomas
Students will receive a diploma cover during the ceremony.  Diplomas will be mailed to students approximately three to five weeks after Commencement to the address indicated on the Application for Graduation form.  If the diploma is to be sent to a different address, notify the Registrar’s Office at 563.588.7106 or registrar@loras.edu.
 
Note: Participation in the commencement ceremony DOES NOT signify graduation from Loras College. Diplomas will be held for students who do not complete the academic requirements for graduation or who have an outstanding balance due to the college. 

Barnes and Noble Bookstore
Barnes and Noble Bookstore will also be open on Saturday, May 23, 2015 (11:00am-3:30pm). The bookstore carries Loras logo clothing, Loras College rings, and other college memorabilia.  The Bookstore’s telephone number is 563.588.7130 and the web link is http://loras.bncollege.com
 
Local Hotels
If you are traveling to Dubuque and plan to stay overnight in the Dubuque area, we recommend that you call early to reserve a hotel room. For information on local hotels and attractions, please feel free to visit the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce and Visit Galena Websites.
 
http://galena.org/
http://www.dubuquechamber.com/
 

Requirements to Participate in Commencement
To be eligible to participate in commencement a student must:

  1. Complete all degree requirements as stated in the Loras College Undergraduate Bulletin.
  2. Submit a completed Application for Graduation Form to the Registrar’s Office no later than November 28, 2014.. Students applying for graduation after this date may not be eligible to participate in commencement but will graduate in absentia
  3. Pay account balance in full

Additional questions?  Please contact Jane Mouring (Academic Affairs) at 563.588.7107 or jane.mouring@loras.edu
 

 

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