Loyola University Maryland

Student Engagement

Senior Circle

Senior Circle LogoSenior Circle provides a space for seniors to discuss the highs and lows of transitioning into life beyond Loyola. Participants in these monthly student-led meetings are offered support, encouragement, and a place to process next steps without judgement.

History of the Circle

Circles have significant meaning in many non-western cultures. The circle in the logo, for example, is called an Enso. Within the Japanese and Zen Buddhist traditions, the Enso  symbolizes enlightenment and wholeness. It can be drawn as both open and closed, assumed to represent your position in life. Closed, the circle represents the totality of experience. Open, a freedom from perfection.

Senior Circle uses the structure from the Restorative Justice movement, which incorporates Native American traditions of community and communication.  Here, circles are used as a way to receive and share openly, while minimizing power differentials among participants.  As an added bonus, all participants will receive training at the end of the semester on circle facilitation.


All seniors are welcome to participate in Senior Circle. You may come to one or as many meetings as you would like. No need to register in advance. For questions, please contact Ashley Schantz, Assistant Director of Student Engagement, at aschantz@loyola.edu.

Spring 2020 Schedule

Tuesday, January 14th 

Tuesday, February 11th

Tuesday, March 10th

Tuesday, April 14th

Tuesday, April 28th