Graduation Commencement



SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015

(as of March 31, 2015)

Commencement Program
All students are expected to declare their intent to a) graduate and b) attend commencement. Failure to do so by the relevant deadlines may require a student to participate "in absentia". The Application for Graduation is located on > IQ Main Page > Academic Forms. The Commencement Program is created based of this information. All students are expected to review the proof document by April 15th, 2015 and communicate any changes to as soon as possible. Please note that students may not rearrange the listed order of majors if doing so does not affect which type of Bachelor degree they are to receive.

The program proof may be found by clicking here.

Baccalaureate Mass
Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, IA. The doors to the church will open at 8:30 a.m.  Music for this Mass is provided by the Loras College choirs and Campus Ministry. The specific arrangements for reporting time/location for graduates/faculty have not been finalized; details will be posted shortly.

Following Baccalaureate, lunch will be available (advanced purchase required) in the Alumni Campus Center/Marie Graber Ballroom (11:30am-1:00pm). Cost is $8.75/person and includes:

Turkey Club Sandwich on Assorted Breads and Rolls or Vegetarian Pita Sandwich
 Assorted Chips, Chopped Fresh Fruit, Assorted Cookies and Dessert Bars
Canned Soda and Bottled Water

PLEASE NOTE:  Tickets for the luncheon following the Baccalaureate Mass must be purchased in advance via the secure online e-commerce page at  The order button is located at the bottom of the page.  A receipt will be available at the conclusion of your check-out.  Print this document and bring with you on May 23rd.  If you have questions regarding your order, please contact Susan Dubois at

Commencement exercises for the Class of 2015 will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. 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 Center.  Each graduate will be issued five (5) tickets which may be picked up at the Grad Fair on April 22nd or in the Loras College Bookstore in the Academic Resource Center after April 22nd.   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 1:00 p.m.. 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 12:30 p.m..  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 9:45 a.m. in Graber Sports Center.  Graduates will receive a seating chart and directions for Commencement.  Rehearsal will last approximately 45 minutes.
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.
Standard Loras graduation announcements may be purchased in bundles of ten (10) for $22.98 through the Loras College Bookstore in the Academic Resource Center.  Personalized announcement may be ordered via  The deadline to order personalized announcements is May 1, 2015.  Custom announcements ordered after May 30th are not guaranteed for delivery prior to the ceremony.  Contact the Bookstore via phone (563.588.7130) or web link at:
Grad Fair
The Grad Fair will take place in the Alumni Campus Center/Marie Graber Ballroom on April 22, 2015 from 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  Critical loan repayment informational sessions will be given every hour beginning at 1:00 p.m., with the last session starting at 5:00 p.m.  Students may complete the federal loan exit requirement by attending one of these sessions and completing the appropriate loan paperwork. 
Commencement apparel (cap, gown and medallion) may be picked up during this event from 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. or any time after April 22nd in the Bookstore.  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.  We are unable to replace medallions due to limited quantity.  Tickets for the Commencement ceremony (required only if held in Athletic & Wellness Center) will also be distributed.
To receive a cap, gown, medallion 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, on or after April 21, 2015.  If a form is not received, students should contact the Business Office at 563.588.7232.

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 12:00 p.m. on May 22, 2015.
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
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 (11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.). 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
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.

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


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