Loras College to Recognize Class of 2020 at Commencement Ceremony October 9

Loras College will hold its 181st commencement at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9, at the Rock Bowl Stadium. A baccalaureate Mass will be held at 10 a.m. the same day off-campus at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St.

“The Loras community looks forward to celebrating the Class of 2020. We are thrilled that so many are returning to receive their degrees,” Loras College President Jim Collins (’84) said. “As a class, they are not only accomplished in their academic and co-curricular successes, but they have demonstrated the resilience of great Duhawk graduates after having missed out on the final three months of their last semester.”

This year, Loras will present 329 degrees: 296 Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees and 33 graduate degrees.

David Rodgers IV, a 2017 graduate and account coordinator at CH Robinson in Chicago, Ill., will provide the keynote address. 

The commencement events have been rescheduled from the original date of May 19 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the safety of all attendees, social distancing protocols and mandatory masks will be enforced.

In case of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will move to the Five Flags Center in Dubuque while allowing a smaller number of attendees and utilizing the same safety protocols.

The College will live stream the event at https://www.loras.edu/academics/commencement

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).