Loyola University Maryland

Commencement

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the ceremony on May 22 for both undergraduates and graduates from the Class of 2020 and 2021?

Yes, we will celebrate all members of the Class of 2020 and 2021—both undergraduate and graduate. Being able to celebrate our graduates with an in-person ceremony is important to you—and to Loyola. Our Commencement planning team has been working night and day to find a creative way to make this happen given pandemic restrictions. We can’t wait to see you for this magnificent combined ceremony!

Why are we having one ceremony and not two, one for each class?

Loyola was able to rent M&T Bank Stadium for only one day. Holding two ceremonies in one day wasn’t feasible to allow for getting everyone in and out, especially with COVID restrictions. If we used another facility, we would need to hold so many ceremonies that we didn’t feel it would offer the experience our students and graduates were asking for. We listened to the members of the Classes of 2020 and 2021 who responded to our Commencement survey. The overwhelming response was that participants wanted to cross stage and celebrate with limited family and friends, so those were prioritized in our planning.

Why isn’t Loyola holding Commencement ceremonies in the Ridley Athletic Complex?

According to Baltimore City restrictions, no more than 250 people (including our staff working the event) are allowed in Ridley Athletic Complex at one time. Ridley is considered an outdoor entertainment venue in this executive order. The professional athletic facilities in Baltimore have different restrictions and a much larger capacity.

The Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020 had told us how much they wanted to celebrate with their classmates, which meant not splitting the ceremony up into many more than the three events we had hoped to hold. We searched four counties to find a space that would make that possible and found M&T Bank Stadium was able and willing to host us for one day. We feel fortunate that we found a facility that allows us to hold a ceremony that includes all members of a class and makes it possible for each of them to bring two family members. We had to make the decision to combine the ceremony to allow us to honor either class with an in-person Commencement for their full class. So, we need to honor both classes at once in a historic and extraordinary ceremony. We hope the Classes of 2021 and 2020 and their families will make many wonderful memories that day.

How many guests can I bring?

If you are a member of the Class of 2020 or 2021, you can bring up to two guests. That allows for the social distancing required at M&T Bank Stadium in compliance with Baltimore City guidelines. Loyola rented as much of the stadium seating as we could. M&T Bank Stadium is currently one of Maryland’s Mass vaccination clinics and we are unable to use portions of the stadium that they are actively using. We are grateful to M&T Bank Stadium and the Maryland Stadium Authority for working with us to use the space and offer an in-person event to the Classes of 2020 and 2021.

How long will the Commencement ceremony be?

We are focusing the ceremony on the members of the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021. So, we are trimming parts of the ceremony to emphasize the celebration of the participants as they cross the stage. We expect the ceremony to take just a little longer than 3 hours. We will have a fun, celebratory atmosphere, especially because—unlike in a typical Commencement ceremony—you don’t have to stay in your seats through the ceremony, as long as you’re in place to go to the stage when it’s your turn. As names are being read, you’ll be able to go meet your family members, get something to eat in the stadium, and enjoy the festivities—or you can stay and cheer on your fellow Greyhounds!

Where will I be sitting?

You will be sitting with your classmates (or if you’re a Loyola faculty member, with your fellow faculty members) in the stadium seating. Graduates will walk from those seats and come down to the field to cross the stage, which will be located on the 50-yard line.

Will the concessions be open?

Yes, you’ll be able to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy.

What is the link to share with my family and friends who can’t attend in person?

They can watch live through this link: https://livestream.com/accounts/11715510/events/9638344.

How can I watch Baccalaureate Mass?

You can watch through the Baccalaureate Mass Livestream at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 21.

Will there be other senior events for the Class of 2021?

Yes, more details on those will be forthcoming. Please stay tuned!

What COVID precautions will be in place for the Commencement ceremony?

M&T has a strict mask-wearing policy, so all those attending will need to wear masks and engage in social distancing. Everyone entering the stadium will have to go through a screening, including a temperature check. If you are able to get vaccinated prior to the ceremony, we encourage you to do so. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone get vaccinated as soon as they can.

When will I receive my diploma?

Your diploma will be mailed to you later this summer. Congratulations, Greyhounds!