Commencement 2016

LIM Liturgy and Reception • University Commencement • Application for Graduation • Graduation Fee • Caps and Gowns • Announcements and Rings • Disability Accommodation • Dates and Deadlines • Lodging •  Contact

LIM Commencement Liturgy and Reception

For Masters and Certificate Students
Saturday, 21 May 2016 at 4:30 P.M.
Ignatius Chapel and Danna Center on the Loyola University New Orleans Campus
The Institute for Ministry has planned a special Eucharistic liturgy for Saturday afternoon.  A festive New Orleans Jazz reception will follow in the St. Charles Room of the Danna Center.  Both Master’s and Certificate students receive special recognition during this LIM celebration. Your family and friends are welcome at both of these events. If you are attending the liturgy and reception, please complete the RSVP form and return it to the LIM office by 27 April to let us know your guest count and to ensure that your name will be called at the liturgy and marked in the liturgy program.

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University Commencement for LIM Degree Candidates

All degree students who will graduate in May, August, or December of 2016 are invited to participate in the cap and gown ceremony. These are groups with a Course Ten due date between 30 Nov. 2015 and 30 Nov. 2016.
Saturday, 21 May at 9:45 a.m. 
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Detailed information on the Loyola commencement is found on the Loyola University Commencement web page.

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Application for Graduation

All 2016 degree candidates and certificate candidates should already have applied for graduation online at Student Records.  Your college is LIM/LIMEX and the certificates are also listed on the degree pull-down menu. If you do not apply for degree or certificate graduation, you will not be on any graduation lists, you will not be awarded a diploma or certificate, and your transcript will not reflect that a degree or certificate was earned by you. If you have not yet applied for graduation (degree/certificate), you need to do so NOW.

After you submit your application, you will receive an email response to your email account that your application has been submitted. (Instructions for using your email account are in the LIMEX Policy Manual. The most recent copy of the manual is found on the LIM documents website in the student section. If you do not know your email address, you can find it by going to LORA (where you check your grades and other student information).

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Graduation Fee

The university charges a $275 graduation fee to degree candidates.  An invoice will be sent to you from the university, in the term of graduation that you indicated on your graduation application that your degree would be earned (usually, the semester in which you are taking Course Ten). The fee covers the cost of your cap and gown (which you keep), your diploma and diploma cover, the ceremony itself, and free lifetime transcripts. So even if you do not attend commencement, go ahead and order a cap and gown since it is included in the fee. CEU students are not charged this graduation fee.

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Caps and Gowns 

You may order your cap and gown (regalia) from the Loyola bookstore by 27 February. You must order within this timeframe; late orders cannot and will NOT be taken.  To place an order, you may call the bookstore at 504-865-3262 and ask for Dwan Haydel, or fax her at 504-865-2888, or email her at being sure to include the information below. Please let Ms. Haydel know if you are an off-campus LIM student.

Degree candidates attending commencement may pick up regalia between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before commencement (17-19 May) in Claiborne Rooms I & II in the Danna Center, on Friday (20 May) between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the University Bookstore,  or at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Superdome.

For those not attending, caps and gowns will be mailed beginning in mid-June. The bookstore would prefer to mail them all to one person from the group. If a group chooses this option, please fax or email all the information for each degree candidate in one email/fax, clearly indicating to whom the caps and gowns should be shipped.  If a member of your group who is attending the ceremonies in New Orleans will pick up your regalia for you, please email Dwan Haydel at before 30 April to inform her who will be doing so. The bookstore will charge for postage, so please know you will need to supply a credit card number to pay for the shipping. If at all possible, to save postage, please have someone pick up your regalia for you who is attending the ceremonies.

Information needed by the Loyola Bookstore: 

  1. Name: 
  2. Day telephone number or email address 
  3. Degree: (MRE or MPS) 
  4. Height: 
  5. Weight: 
  6. Shipping address: (only if you are not attending the 21 May ceremony in New Orleans) Please provide a name, building, street address, (no P.O. Boxes) city, state, country, and zip or postal code.

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Graduation Announcements and Class Rings

Graduation announcements and class rings may be ordered from Balfour

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Disability Accommodation or Special Assistance

Guests who may need special assistance or accessible seating will be accommodated at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome upon their arrival, and special parking is available. If assistance is needed for either the Baccalaureate Mass on 20 May or the LIM Liturgy on 9 May, please contact Diane Blair at by 18 May so we can make those arrangements. 

If a graduate needs special assistance at the commencement ceremony, please contact Diane Blair by 18 May as well.

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2016 Dates and Deadlines

(See the University's Commencement web page for more details.)  

TBA Graduation Fair: St. Charles Room, Danna Center, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
TBA  Deadline for ordering regalia (and rings and announcements from Balfour) to have them in time for graduation.. Late orders cannot be taken.
TBA Deadline to notify the Office of Student Records of intent to participate in ceremonies.
27 April  Deadline for degree and certificate students to RSVP for the LIM liturgy and reception.
17-19 May Regalia pick up: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Claiborne Rooms I & II in the Danna Center; 
20 May  Regalia pick up: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the University Bookstore. Regalia not picked up by 2 p.m. on Friday, May 20, will be shipped to the Superdome.  Students can pick up regalia in the student's robing room inside the Superdome beginning at 7:30 a.m.
20 May  Graduate Family Crawfish Boil: Peace Quad, Loyola University main campus, at 11:30 a.m. LIM degree and CEU students who are in town are welcome to attend.
20 May  Baccalaureate Mass: University Sports Complex, Loyola University campus, 4 p.m.
21 May Regalia pick up at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 7:30 a.m. 
21 May Undergraduate & Graduate Unified Ceremony: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans. (Graduates arrive at 8:00 a.m.)
21 May LIM Liturgy and Reception: Ignatius Chapel and Danna Center, Loyola University main campus, 4:30 p.m.

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Lodging Arrangements

Several blocks of rooms have been reserved at area hotels for the nights of 19 – 22 May 2016. All room reservations must be made by the deadlines listed on the Lodging page at the commencement website. Any requests received after that will be handled on a space and rate available basis.

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For More Information 

Please contact Diane Blair with questions or for disability accommodations.

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