View President Snyder’s video briefing here.
The university anticipates the in-person celebration will feature speakers, processions, receptions, Commencement Mass, and the cherished traditions that comprise annual commencement exercises.
“Our approach offers full programming and is inclusive of attendees from other states and nations. Our timeline also provides an opportunity for our graduates, attendees, and events operations staff to be fully vaccinated,” Snyder wrote. “This is the LMU way—honoring our students’ achievements with the glory and splendor they deserve by providing for a more personalized, flexible, safer, and more triumphant experience by the end of July.”
Additionally, virtual degree conferrals and celebrations will be held for undergraduate, graduate, and LMU Loyola Law School students on May 8, 9 and 16, respectively. LMU will provide a livestream of the July 31 event for graduates wishing to participate virtually.
The decision to hold a celebration this summer comes after a thorough planning and review process that took into account a number of factors, Snyder explained. They include continuing vaccination progress, sustained low numbers of COVID-19 cases in L.A. County, the results of recent surveys of graduates and their families, and the university’s desire to commemorate graduation in a manner befitting the accomplishments of LMU students.