Saturday, July 31, 2021
We welcome you to the 109th Commencement Exercises at SoFi Stadium. Please review the following important updates as you celebrate with your LMU and LLS family. Go Lions!
SoFi Stadium Map
Help navigate your way around SoFi Stadium, from parking structures to seating and reception venues. A downloadable PDF of the map is also available.
Please note the following times (approximate and subject to change):
- 10 a.m. Graduate check-in begins at SoFi Stadium
- 11 a.m. Stadium doors open for guests. All graduates lineup for the procession.
- 12:15 p.m. All families and guests are seated (concession options will be available).
- 12:30 p.m. Pre-Commencement festivities
- 1 p.m. Commencement program begins
- 2:30 p.m. Commencement celebrations and receptions (more information TBD)
- 4:30 p.m. Commencement celebrations conclude
Dining options at SoFi Stadium include the following items for sale at select concession windows:
- Chicken Tenders & Tots
- Hot Dogs
- Chips & Cheese Bagged
- Snacks, Candy, Ice Cream
- Beverages: Soda, Water, Wine & Beer
Code of Conduct
Please review the SoFi Stadium Guest Code of Conduct prior to the Commencement ceremony. The document includes information on prohibited items and the stadium's Clear Bag Policy.
Parking for graduates and guests at SoFi Stadium is limited and open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 31. Parking passes for Commencement have been emailed directly to graduates and their guests, directing recipients to the appropriate entrance and parking lots. The ridesharing (Uber/Lyft) drop off/pickup location is located on the north side of the stadium (the Uber/Lyft app will automatically specify that location). For those who need more than the complimentary parking passes provided, additional passes may be purchased here ($35 pre-pay or $40 on the day of Commencement).
All parking zones have ADA parking stalls within each parking lot available on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you have questions about ADA parking and seating accommodations, please text HWPK to 69050 or email email@example.com and a member of SoFi Stadium’s Guest Experience team will get back to you.
Graduate Arrival and Guest Entry
All graduates should enter SoFi Stadium through entry Gate 9D beginning at 10 a.m. on July 31. Guests should enter using entry Gates 7, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9C, 9D, or 10, now beginning at 11:00 a.m. A map of SoFi Stadium highlighting entry gate and post-Commencement college reception locations can be found here.
Post-Commencement College Receptions
At the conclusion of the 75-minute Commencement ceremony on the SoFi Stadium field, graduates and their guests are invited to attend college/school-specific receptions in a variety of locations throughout the stadium, which will be conveniently located near guests’ specified seating areas. These free-flowing celebrations will serve as great meeting spots to reconnect and mingle with family, friends, graduates, faculty, and deans.
- Complimentary light refreshments and snacks will be served, and the receptions will conclude at 4:30 p.m.
- Graduates who attend their college reception will be able to pick up an exclusive Commencement gift bag.
- Graduates will have access to a thank you station, where they may write personal notes of gratitude to faculty, staff, and other members of the community who have made a positive and lasting impact on their time as students at LMU
- Professional photographers will take photos during line-up, procession, and during the ceremony, and graduates may have a photo taken with their diploma covers on the SoFi Stadium field immediately following the ceremony. Proofs will be sent via email, text, and USPS mail 3-4 days after the ceremony and photos may be ordered.
- Professional photographers will be snapping photos at each college reception. View and download photos here.
- Multiple selfie stations will be available at each college reception for graduates to capture photos with family and friends in front of LMU and LLS photo backdrops.
- Families are encouraged to take photos throughout SoFi Stadium, which offers indoor and outdoor views, including the field and the 360-degree Oculus video board.
Health & Safety
Face Masks Required at All Commencement Activities
In light of rising COVID-19 cases across L.A. County, face masks will be required at all Commencement activities this weekend, including Friday’s Commencement Mass, Saturday’s 109th Commencement Exercises, and post-event college receptions. This precautionary measure is in alignment with today’s CDC recommendation that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear face coverings while in highly populated areas, including large event venues.
By entering SoFi Stadium, all attendees agree to follow the current California Department of Public Health Guidelines for Outdoor Mega Events. Specifically, you attest that you are either fully vaccinated (i.e., 2+ weeks have passed since you received a single-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine) OR that you have obtained a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of attending Commencement. Vaccination/test documentation is not required. Remember, if you aren’t feeling well, please stay home!
SoFi Stadium Clear Bag Policy
In an effort to provide a more secure and safe environment for all guests and staff, the following clear bag policy is in effect for all events at SoFi Stadium. All backpacks and bags that do not comply with the following are prohibited:
- Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and cannot exceed 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches.
- Small clutch bags (do not need to be clear) approximately the size of a hand (4” x 6”), with or without a handle or strap.
SoFi Stadium has also provided their Guest Code of Conduct, which includes a list of items prohibited in the venue. In addition, please note that products such as latex gloves and balloons should not be brought into SoFi Stadium due to venue guidelines and to protect those in attendance who may have an allergy to latex. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Speeches & Videos
Commencement Speaker Viola Davis
Viola Davis is a critically acclaimed, award-winning actor of film, television, and theater known for her intriguing and groundbreaking roles. She’s a member of the elite group of actors who have achieved the triple-crown of acting — an Oscar, Emmy Award, and Tony Award. She’s also the most Academy Award-nominated Black female actor in history. Time Magazine twice named Ms. Davis one of the most influential people in the world, and in 2020, the New York Times ranked her ninth on its list of the 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century. Most recently, Ms. Davis was honored with a Screen Actors Guild Award and nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Actress for her role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” For her unforgettable role as Annalise Keating on the hit ABC and Shondaland drama, “How to Get Away with Murder,” Ms. Davis was thrice nominated and became the first African American to receive the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The Screen Actors Guild honored her twice for the same role. Ms. Davis garnered Critics Choice, Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA, and an Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Fences” for Paramount Pictures. She also starred with Denzel Washington in the 2010 revival of the play on Broadway. Her performance earned her a Tony Award, as well as the Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Drama Desk Award. Ms. Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon, founded JuVee Productions, which develops and produces entertainment content with an emphasis on narratives from a diverse range of emerging and established voices.
Honorary Degree Recipient Lane Bove
Elena “Lane” Margaret Bove, Ed.D., ’69, M.Ed. ’72 is senior vice president for Student Affairs. Since she arrived on the bluff as student body president of Marymount College at the time of the affiliation between Marymount and Loyola University in 1968, she has poured her heart, energy, intelligence, and talents into our institution. Dr. Bove has been a pillar of the LMU community as a bold leader, thoughtful educator, effective administrator, tireless free speech champion, generous alumna and donor, dedicated fundraiser, and passionate community member with an enduring commitment to — and care for — our Lions and the LMU mission. The LMU of today reflects Dr. Bove’s transformative contributions and dedication to student success. Dr. Bove has worked closely with six LMU presidents over the course of her four-decade career. She has served in her current role since 1987, defining and continuously redefining, through her determination, persistence, and creativity, how we deliver the personalized student experience for which we are known. Embodying cura personalis, Dr. Bove has infused every aspect of her vocation with integrity and love, inspiring those who cross her path. She helped our community heal amid the national spotlight of the Hank Gathers tragedy; she supported our students through the L.A. civil unrest in 1992; and she helped navigate us through crises and tumultuous times, including the recent COVID-19 pandemic and a national reckoning on racial justice. Dr. Bove’s legacy is reflected by our student and alumni leaders. Generations of ASLMU and GSLMU presidents, Loyolan editors, and Lions affirm the transformational influence she has had in their lives.
Leading up to the 109th Commencement Exercises at SoFi Stadium on July 31, the Classes of 2020 and 2021, along with their families and friends, celebrated virtually during the pandemic. Events featured pre-recorded video messages, Shout-Out Walls, and personalized slides for each graduate. In addition, the colleges and schools held virtual gatherings this year with their students and deans to recognize the degree conferral milestone. Explore and relive their celebrations below.