Graduation 2022 Will Return to In-Person Ceremonies

Lukas Keapproth | Loyola University ChicagoAfter Commencement Week was carried out virtually in 2020 and 2021, the university announced the events will return to campus this spring.

Loyola’s 2022 Commencement Week will take place on-campus and in-person, the university announced in an email Nov. 12. This comes after graduation ceremonies were carried out virtually the past two years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Commencement Week will take place from May 9 to May 14. Students can find the date of their school’s graduation date, and also other events that week, on the commencement schedule

The university also announced it will be holding a “special event” for the classes of 2020 and 2021 on May 7. 

In the email, President Jo Ann Rooney and Provost Margaret Faut Callahan expressed their excitement for the return of in-person commencement ceremonies.

“We are thrilled to be able to safely celebrate these graduating classes in person and provide them with opportunities to mark the occasion together and reconnect with friends and fellow graduates,” they said. “Over the next few weeks, we will solicit ideas and feedback from these graduates to consider in planning the event.”

Senior students that will be graduating this spring such as business major Micheal Beecher, said they were excited about the announcement. 

“It’s definitely positive that it’s in-person,” Beecher said. “I like the idea as long as it’s safe for everyone.”

Garrett Trzcinski, a marketing major, agreed with Beecher.

“Sounds good to me, better in-person than nothing,” he said. “I’m excited to graduate with my friends.”

Finance major Jack Aleman was also on board with the announcement.

“That’s great, I’m all for it. I’m team in-person,” he said.

Not everyone was as excited. Ashna Alex, a political science and international studies major, explained how she would’ve preferred it to be online.

“Well I’m a lazy person,” Alex said. “I just feel like there’s less of a hassle when it’s online.”

University spokesperson Anna Shymanski Zach said more information on the festivities will come in the future in an email to The Phoenix.

“Additional information on Commencement-related events will be shared in  the coming months, and we look forward to recognizing the many achievements of the 2020, 2021, and 2022 graduating classes next spring,” she said. 

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