Loyola University Chicago


Graduation Day Instructions

The School of Social Work Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Gentile Arena on the Lake Shore Campus. Graduates should arrive at "The Den" inside the Damen Student Center 1:30–2:30 p.m. wearing their caps and gowns. Students should not be wearing their hoods.

Please proceed to "The Den" inside the Damen Student Center. In "The Den" preparation area, graduates will be given a seat and name card. Keep this card with you at all times during the ceremony. It is essential for locating your assigned seat and you will also carry it on stage for the correct announcement of your name. Students are already seated when the ceremony begins.

Purses and other items should be given to family members to hold during the ceremony, since there is no area in which they can be stored, nor will you return to the same seat after crossing the stage. Other than their seating card, graduates should not be carrying anything in their hands. All students attire should be at least business casual. Graduates must be in their assigned seats in the Gentile Arena by 2:45 p.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 3 p.m. Students that arrive late risk the possibility of not being seated with their class and walking across the stage. Guests of the graduates should visit the Guest Information section of the website for commencement day instructions, including parking, access to the Gentile Arena, and special seating needs. Strollers are not permitted in Gentile Arena.

Tickets are not required for admission to the School of Social Work’s ceremony. However, graduates participating in the ceremony need to adhere to the participation deadlines for confirmation as set by the School of Social Work. This information will be e-mailed.

Academic Apparel

Undergraduate and graduate candidates who plan to participate in graduation MUST wear academic apparel that is purchased through the University Bookstore. The SSW does not provide apparel to students. The tassel color for the SSW is “citron”; not “gold”. Further information about on-campus apparel fairs hosted by the Bookstore will be emailed to graduates.

PhD Candidates

PhD candidates have their official graduation with the Graduate School (Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 3 p.m. in the Gentile Arena) and can wear their hood into the Social Work ceremony. Graduating doctoral students who would like to participate in the School of Social Work’s commencement ceremony should notify Dr. Terri Kilbane, Director of the PhD Program and Yolanda Golden, Academic Advisor Coordinator, via email with the following information: graduation term (i.e. spring 2016), department chair, and contact number. PhD students will walk in the processional with SSW Faculty and will be seated on the main floor of the auditorium in the first row on the right hand side of the aisle. An usher will be present to guide doctoral students to their seats.

Masters’ Candidates

Masters’ graduates should carry their hoods with them and wait to put them on until instructed to do so during the ceremony. MSW graduates should wear their tassels on the left, as they already have an undergraduate degree.

BSW Candidates

BSW candidates with Laudatory Status will be given cords when they sign in at “The Den”. BSW students should wear their tassels on the right. If you believe you should be receiving Laudatory Status, please confer with Chris Aleman