Campus Life

Cultural festivities kick off celebrations for Loyola’s Class of 2024

May 7, 2024


As part of the many traditions honoring the academic and personal achievements of graduating Ramblers, a series of graduation celebrations recognized the diverse range of cultural celebrations on campus. Led by the Division for Student Development (DSD), these events are open to all and serve as a unifying force, bringing together graduates, families, and friends in a spirit of solidarity and joy.  

Astrid Beltrán, assistant vice president for Diversity & Student Engagement, encapsulated the essence of these celebrations, remarking, “Above all, these celebrations exemplify our commitment to honoring the diverse journeys and achievements of every Rambler graduate, fostering a sense of belonging and pride within our community.” 

To start the day, the 16th Annual Legacy Celebration, a cherished tradition open to all, paid tribute to first-generation students, scholars of color, and members of the LGBTQIA community.  

The Latinx Familia Celebration highlighted the achievements of Latinx graduating students, offering them an opportunity to celebrate with loved ones. 

In the afternoon, the Center for Black Student Excellence hosted the Sankofa Celebration, a longstanding tradition honoring the accomplishments of graduating students within the Black community. 

Later in the day, the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Celebration recognized the remarkable achievements of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi Ramblers.

It’s a joyous moment to uplift our students' embodiment of Ignatian values, to reflect on impactful community experiences, and to celebrate the diverse tapestry of our student body.

— Keith M. Champagne , vice president for student development

The festivities culminated with the Graduate Toast, followed the next day by the Baccalaureate Mass for the blessing of the graduates and the Senior Toast. As part of Loyola’s traditions honoring the graduating class, each graduating Rambler received a commemorative champagne flute and undergraduates walked out the green doors of Cudahy Library, symbolizing the end of their academic journey and the beginning of a new chapter in their lives.