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Loyola Traditions

As with any institution over time, the spirit of a place - its buildings, people, and community - moves traditions to unfold. A simple action evolves into a rite of passage or an annual event; a particular spot becomes a gathering place for friends long after their student days are past. Loyola's traditions have been shaped by thousands of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who have passed through its doors since 1870 and reflect our unique Jesuit character. On these pages we invite you to learn more about the history, traditions, and customs that are Loyola University Chicago.

If you would like to suggest a tradition or custom that you remember from your time at Loyola, please contact Kathy Young, University Archivist, at or Nicole LeDuc Meehan, Director of the Alumni Association, at, 312-915-7660.


Original digital exhibit by Kathy Young, University Archivist, and Nicole LeDuc Meehan, Director of the Alumni Association. Exhibit updated in 2011 by Melinda Leonard, Graduate Assistant in the University Archives.