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

LIM Commencement Liturgy and Reception

For Masters and Certificate Students
Saturday, 13 May 2017 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 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 2017 are invited to participate in the cap and gown ceremony. These are groups with a Course Ten due date between 30 Nov. 2016 and 30 Nov. 2017.

  • Saturday, 13 May 2017 
  • 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 2017 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 that your application has been submitted. 

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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 Pastoral and Educational Praxis). 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 between February 25 and March 11. 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 email her at being sure to include the information below. Please let Ms. Haydel know if you are an off-campus LIM student.

  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 13 May ceremony in New Orleans) Please provide a name, building, street address, (no P.O. Boxes) city, state, country, and zip or postal code. 

Degree candidates attending commencement may pick up regalia between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before commencement (9-11 May) in Claiborne Rooms I & II in the Danna Center, on Friday (12 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. If you are a LIM extension student who will not attend graduation and if a member of your learning group who is attending the ceremonies in New Orleans will pick up your regalia for you, please email Dwan Haydel at before April 30 to inform her who will be doing so. The bookstore will charge $7.50 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.

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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 a graduate needs special assistance at the commencement ceremony, please contact Diane Blair by May 2.

If assistance is needed for either the Baccalaureate Mass on May 12 or the LIM Liturgy on May 13, please contact Diane Blair at by May 9 so we can make those arrangements. 

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Lodging Arrangements

Several blocks of rooms have been reserved at area hotels for the nights of 11 – 14 May 2017. 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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2016-17 Dates and Deadlines

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

Oct. 28, 2016  Last day for May, August and December candidates should to apply for graduation
Feb. 13-14, 2017 Graduation Fair: St. Charles Room, Danna Center, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
March 10, 2017 Deadline for ordering regalia (and rings and announcements from Balfour) to have them in time for graduation. Late orders cannot be taken.
April 7, 2017 Deadline to notify the Office of Student Records of intent to participate in ceremonies.
April 24, 2017 Deadline for degree and certificate students to RSVP to Diane Blair for the LIM liturgy and reception.
May 9-11  Regalia pick up: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Claiborne Rooms I & II in the Danna Center; 
May 12 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.
May 12 College of Graduate and Professional Studies Honors Convocation and Reception, 10 a.m., St. Charles Room, Danna Student Center.
May 12 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.
May 12 Baccalaureate Mass: University Sports Complex, Loyola University campus, 4 p.m.
May 13  Regalia pick up at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 7:30 a.m. 
May 13  Undergraduate & Graduate Unified Ceremony: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans. (Graduates arrive at 8:00 a.m.)
May 13 LIM Liturgy and Reception: Ignatius Chapel and Danna Center, Loyola University main campus, 4:30 p.m.

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For More Information 

Please contact Diane Blair with questions or for disability accommodations.

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