Commencement 2021


Why is Commencement 2021 being held virtually?

Despite our hope and desire to hold an in-person Commencement, the Restore Illinois plan for reopening the state and guidance from the City of Chicago makes it clear that it is highly unlikely that we will be able to congregate at large events in one location by early May. To comply with local and state guidelines, and to maintain the safety of Loyola students, their families, friends, faculty, and staff, 2021 Commencement week will be held virtually between Monday, May 10 – Saturday, May 15, 2021.

How will I receive updates about Commencement?

All information regarding Commencement will be sent to your LUC.edu e-mail address. It is the responsibility of each graduate to maintain your LUC.edu e-mail address and to check frequently for updates and information. 

I didn’t receive any emails about Commencement, what do I do?

Most emails regarding Commencement are sent from commencement@LUC.edu and/or Dean’s Offices. Please check your SPAM or JUNK folders. If you are not receiving our emails, please contact your Dean’s Office to confirm your graduation status.

How do I register for Commencement?

The registration and photo submission deadline was Friday, March 26, at 11:59 p.m. Central. Please contact commencement@LUC.edu for any questions.

When will I receive my diploma?

You will receive your diploma in the mail; timing varies by school. Please contact your Dean’s Office or Diploma@LUC.edu for more information. Additional diploma details and instructions can be found here

Can I get a refund for the graduation fee if I choose not to participate in Commencement?

The one-time graduation fee assessed to students covers the cost of the diploma and cover, mailing fees, and other expenses associated with graduation. All graduates must pay the fee, regardless of participation in the ceremony. Your fees will ensure that you receive your diploma and will support the Commencement ceremonies.

Will there be an in-person Commencement celebration?

Yes! We are holding a virtual Commencement Week Monday, May 10 – Saturday May 15, 2021. We are planning to hold an in-person celebration for both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 when conditions allow. We will share more details as they become available.


How do I order my cap and gown?

This year, all regalia will be shipped directly to your home through Jostens. You can order directly from their website, linked below: 

Loyola University Chicago - Students Chicago, IL - Yearbooks, Grad Products & Jewelry - Jostens 


Due to the high volumne of requests, the webpage will remain open until Friday, May 21.


When should I order my regalia?

Please note the following dates when ordering regalia: 

Friday February 19: if you would like to submit a photo in your regalia for your student recognition slide, please order by this date to ensure your regalia arrives in time to take and upload a photo to the registration site. This applies to both domestic & international students.

Monday, March 1: If you are sending your regalia to an international address, please order by this date to ensure it arrives in advance of the May 2021 Commencement Week. 

Monday, March 15: If you are sending your regalia to a domestic address, please order by this date to ensure it arrives in advance of May 2021 Commencement Week.

Friday, April 16: This is the final date to order regalia, regardless of location. No guarentee of arrival by May 2021 Commencement Week. This applies to both domestic and international students. NOTE: Students must order regalia via phone after this date and a $20 charge will be assessed. Students can call the Jostens call center at (800) 854-7464 to place their order after April 16.  

What about my Honor Cords?

If you are eligible for laudatory or military honor cords, they will be sent to you in March. To ensure you receive your honor cords ahead of the March 26 registration and photo upload deadline, please register for Commencement by March 1 to confirm the correct address for this honor cord mailing. For Stritch School of Medicine students, your honor cords will be included with your celebration package due to the final grade schedule. 

I do not currently reside in the United States – can I still order regalia?

Yes! Regalia orders for international delivery can be placed through the Jostens website We recommend ordering your regalia by March 1 to ensure delivery before Commencement Week. 

Students ordering regalia internationally, please be aware that customs may hold your regalia once it arrives in your home country. Please make yourself familiar with your country-specific customs procedures so your regalia can arrive on time.  

I ordered my regalia but my tassel, tam, or something else is broken or missing.

Jostens will be able to assist you with any questions about your regalia order. Please contact them at 800.854.7464. 

Is regalia required for virtual Commencement?

Regalia will not be required for participation in Commencement.

What else can I order through Jostens?

Jostens also offers graduation announcements, diploma frames, and class rings. You can place orders on the Jostens website.


How do I register for Commencement?

The registration deadline was Friday, March 26, at 11:59 p.m. Central. Please contact commencement@LUC.edu for any questions.

Do I need to register to participate in commencement?

Registering for Commencement enabled you to: 

  • Confirm your name and other details for your student recognition slide, to be displayed during your school, college, and/or institute’s ceremony 
  • Upload a photo for your student recognition slide 
  • Submit the phonetic spelling of your name to be read aloud during your school, college, and/or institute’s ceremony 
  • Confirm your delivery address for your Commencement celebration package 
  • Upload photos showcasing your time at Loyola, to be shared with the Loyola community during Commencement Week 
  • Do I have to submit a photo?

    Uploading a photo for your student recognition slide is voluntary. If you choose not to upload a photo, your student-recognition slide will still be included in your school, college, and/or institute’s ceremony and on the Commencement website, with your full name and academic attributes displayed and read aloud during the ceremony. 

    Is there a registration deadline?

    Yes, the registration deadline was Friday, March 26, at 11:59 p.m. Central. Please contact commencement@LUC.edu for any questions.

    Why am I being asked to give consent when I register for Commencement?

    Loyola University Chicago will feature students in a variety of ways during the 2021 Commencement Week on LUC.edu/commencement including: recognition of graduating students in the Commencement program book and recognition of graduating students in an individual student slide. The individual student slides will also be featured in pre-recorded Commencement videos that will be posted on YouTube and streamed at LUC.edu/commencement. By agreeing, you are giving your consent to appear publicly on Loyola’s website. If you do not wish to consent, please contact commencement@LUC.edu on how to register for Commencement. 

    Why am I being asked to "pledge to reflect deeply and critically upon the social and environmental impacts..."?

    In Spring of 2020, Student Government of Loyola Chicago passed a resolution to invite all students to make a commitment at graduation to bring the social and environmental justice values they engage with during their time at Loyola into their careers and future endeavors. 


    How can I access the virtual Commencement ceremonies?

    All ceremonies will be viewable at LUC.edu/commencement at the posted date. Please check the full schedule at LUC.edu/commencement/schedule for details on when your school, college, and/or institute’s ceremony will become available for viewing. 

    What time will my school’s ceremony be available for viewing?

    Please visit LUC.edu/commencement/schedule to view the full Commencement Week schedule. All ceremonies will be available at 8AM on the date specified for your ceremony.  

    Will I be individually recognized during my school’s ceremony?

    Yes! Each graduate will hear their name read aloud while their individual student-recognition slide, which includes the student’s diploma name, academic attributes, and an uploaded photo (if submitted), is displayed.

    What if I do not want my individual student recognition slide included?

    Please contact commencement@LUC.edu if you do not want your individual student recognition slide or information to appear in your school’s ceremony or on LUC.edu/commencement. 

    How long will the ceremonies last?

    We estimate that the main ceremony will last approximately 40 minutes and the individual ceremonies will last approximately 30 minutes.

    Will the ceremonies be captioned?

    All ceremonies will be closed-captioned. The Commencement program book and webpages are ADA accessible. Please contact commencement@LUC.edu for additional accessibility information. 

    How long will the ceremonies be viewable?

    All Commencement ceremonies will continue to be viewable at LUC.edu/commencement and on Loyola’s YouTube channel after Commencement Week concludes. 

    I'm having trouble viewing the ceremonies. What do I do?

    If you encounter issues playing the videos, we recommend refreshing your browser, clearing your cache, and restarting your browser or changing browsers. 

    If issues persist, please contact commencement@LUC.edu

    Ceremony videos will also be available on Loyola's YouTube page. 

    How do I clear my cache?

    Below are instructions on how to clear the cache in your browser. 



    1. Press shift-command-G with your Finder window open
    2. Enter the following command into the search box: ~/Library/Caches
    3. Click "Go". This will bring you to the folder that contains all of your Mac's cached files 
    4. Press command-A to select all folders
    5. Click command-delete


    How to delete the contents of the Temporary Internet Files folder

    View and delete your browsing history in Internet Explorer

    View and delete browser history in Microsoft Edge



    Do I need to register to get a celebration package?

    All graduates will be sent a Commencement celebration package regardless of registration status. Registering for Commencement by March 26 will ensure that your celebration package is sent to the correct delivery address and is delivered before Commencement WeekNOTEIf you do not update your address in LOCUS and register for Commencement by March 26, your celebration package will be sent to the most recent permanent address on file with the University and is not guaranteed to arrive before Commencement Week. No redelivery or address change exceptions will be made.

    When will I get my celebration package?

    For students who register for Commencement and update their address in LOCUS by March 26Celebration packages are expected to arrive at the end of AprilPlease make sure your address is updated in LOCUS to reflect where you would like to receive your celebration package during this time. Delivery before Commencement Week is not guaranteed for students who miss the March 26 registration deadline.  

    I do not currently reside in the United States — can I still expect a celebration package?

    Celebration packages will be sent to all 2021 graduates. 

    Please be aware that customs may hold your package once it arrives in your home country. Please make yourself familiar with your country-specific customs procedures. Students will be responsible for any additional customs taxes and fees assessed once the package arrives in their home country.  



    Can I enter through the Cudahy Doors that are adjacent to the lake or through the Information Commons?

    To ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our community, the only doors graduates will be able to enter through are the east facing Cudahy Doors. These are the doors that face the lake and are located just north of the Information Commons.  You will enter through these east doors and then walk through the Donovan Reading Room and out the Cudahy Doors. 

    Can I walk through the doors with my parents, siblings, or other family members?

    Please note that only graduates can walk through Cudahy Library and the Cudahy Library Doors, Guests must remain outside. 

    Do I need to wear regalia for any of the photo opportunities?

    Regalia is not required for any photo opportunities. 

    Can I take my mask off during my photo experience?

    Please follow all campus guidelines while on campus. 

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