Baccalaureate Mass

The 2016 Baccalaureate Mass will be held Friday, May 20, at 4 p.m. in the University Sports Complex on the university’s main campus. The service is for all candidates for graduation from the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, College of Social Sciences, College of Music and Fine Arts, and College of Business.

Candidates participating in the Baccalaureate Mass must report to the sixth floor of the University Sports Complex least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the service.

In accordance with custom, all candidates are required to wear academic caps and gowns for the Baccalaureate Mass. Hoods, cords, stoles, etc. are to be worn at commencement only. Official baccalaureate marshals will be on hand to assist with the procession. When directed, candidates will proceed to the chairs on the right or left as indicated and stand facing the center aisle until the celebrants have passed. Mass will proceed as usual.

All graduating students should join the Communion procession. Those receiving Communion are invited to present one hand over the other in front of the Communion minister to receive the Host. Those not receiving Communion are invited to cross their arms over their chests to receive a blessing.

Tickets are not required for the Baccalaureate Mass. Guest seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  There is also ample seating for those requiring special accommodations. No reservations are required.

Baccalaureate Mass Parking

Free parking for the Baccalaureate Mass will be provided for all guests, on the basis of availability, in the Loyola University Freret Street Parking Garage. Please use the Freret Street entrance into the campus. Overflow will be directed to the West Road Garage. It is recommended that all cars proceed to the highest level of parking available at the time of entry to expedite the arrival of all guests.  Police officers will be on hand to help direct traffic. Only vehicles with a disabled license plate will be allowed to park in those spaces designated for disabled parking on campus.

The Mass will be held on the fifth floor of the University Sports Complex, which houses the Freret Street Parking Garage. Elevators and stairwells will be open from all levels for access to the fifth floor.


Please see the university map to familiarize yourself with the parking areas and location for the Baccalaureate Mass.