The Principal’s Office and the Office of Student Activities worked hard this spring to host a number of special events and senior-only activities for the Class of 2021. These opportunities to be together and spend additional time on campus were much needed after an unusual year of hybrid learning and time spent apart.
Senior Decision Day | Monday, May 3, and Tuesday, May 4
Seniors had the opportunity to show off their college decisions by sporting a t-shirt or sweatshirt with the logo/name of their college or university. Throughout the day, the hallways were filled with excited conversations between students. Even faculty and staff members joined the fun, spotting students who will be attending their alma maters next year and giving tips and advice on everything from the best dorm on campus to where to score a free lunch on the weekends. Ramblers also finished putting pins on the map in the Piazza to illustrate where seniors are heading across the country—and around the globe—next year.
Senior Sunset | Thursday, May 13
Soon-to-be-graduates gathered on a beautiful spring evening at Loyola’s Munz Campus in Glenview to watch the sunset together and release wish lanterns into the sky. Many seniors cherished this simple, but meaningful event that enabled them to spend time with classmates and friends outside of school.
Baccalaureate Mass | Sunday, May 16
Senior Ramblers and their parents or guardians gathered on Loyola Academy’s Hoerster Field to celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass, held each spring to honor the graduating class. In his Homily, Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ,
told the Class of 2021: “You find yourself at an extraordinarily important and beautiful moment of transition and growth.” Click here to read the full story
Senior Experience Day 1 | Monday, May 17
Seniors gathered at Loyola’s Munz Campus in Glenview to learn what to expect and how to prepare for the next four years (and beyond!). An “active adulting course” highlighted topics like budgeting money, laundry and food prep before a round of kickball and lunch was served.
Senior Experience Day 2 | Tuesday, May 18
Led by Campus Ministry, the Senior Retreat provided soon-to-be grads with the opportunity to pray, reflect and share in small groups. For many, the retreat was a welcome moment of quiet amidst a busy week.
Then, students shared their senior showcase with their counselor and formation class and participated in a reflection and game of blind-folded dodgeball. Lunch from Potbelly’s was provided.
Senior Experience Day 3 | Wednesday, May 19
Seniors returned to Loyola Academy to make their way through the building and enjoy a variety of activities. From the art room and the pool to games in the library, the gyms, on the field and the rock climbing wall, students had the freedom to select their own activities for the day. For lunch, seniors had their choice of food trucks stationed outside in the parking lot.
Senior Olympics | Thursday, May 20
Formation classes were matched against each other in active, team-based games such as tug-of-war, fill-the-bucket and more. The Olympics were followed by a lunch of hamburgers, cheeseburgers and veggie burgers and a visit from the snow cone truck. An exciting senior raffle provided every student with the chance to win Cubs tickets and one of many college-ready prizes like new Bose headphones, two Chromebooks, a mini fridge, a microwave, a pair of AirPods, a TV, gift cards and a Keurig.
Senior Prom | Friday, May 21
Loyola Academy seniors attended prom in small groups this year. Each prom was two and a half hours long and began with a red carpet walk on the track, a perfect photo opportunity for parents and guardians. Dinner and dancing followed, along with laser tag or black light mini-golf and a senior memory video. The evening ended with ice cream and a viewing of photos from the photo booth.
Graduation | Saturday, May 22
On Saturday, May 22, Loyola Academy celebrated its 111th Commencement Exercises at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. With family and friends present, 479 members of the Class of 2021 gathered one last time as classmates and departed as Loyola alumni.