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Wolf Pack Wednesday: Loyola Traditions

Subject line: Find Your Favorite Loyola Tradition

Send date: December 21, 2022

When you join the Loyola community, you also become part of the New Orleans community—a city steeped in customs and vibrant culture.

As we prepare to celebrate some of our favorite and most sacred traditions for Christmas this week, we couldn’t think of a better time to share a few of the Loyola events and activities that bond us together as a community. Take a look at some of our favorite traditions on campus.

Only at Loyola

Wolf Pack Wednesday: Every Wednesday, the University Programming Board offers giveaways on the front porch of the Danna Student Center to those wearing maroon, gold, or Loyola gear! 

Class Beads: Each class at Loyola has a different “class bead” necklace that is given to them during the first semester. Traditionally, students wear their class beads at graduation. 

Dressing Iggy: On special occasions, our statue, St. Ignatius of Loyola, is dressed in different t-shirts and accessories based on what is happening on campus.

Good Reasons to Get Together

Mass of the Holy Spirit: For centuries, many Catholic schools have celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit to ring in the start of a new school year. At Loyola, it’s also an opportunity to showcase the talents of our students and faculty.

Mass and Pancakes: This late-night pancake breakfast celebrates the end of the academic year with something sweet! 

Third Friday: Loyola’s University Planning Board hosts interesting and one-of-a-kind events on the third Friday of every month during the school year. These events are major celebrations with unique themes and activities for students. From carnivals to crawfish boils to movie nights, you won’t want to miss a single Third Friday event! 

A Habit of Helping Others

Homecoming Service: In the Jesuit tradition, Loyola strives to develop individuals who dedicate their lives to service for others. Each year, students come together at the start of Homecoming to complete service projects throughout the greater New Orleans community. 

Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP): LUCAP is a student-initiated, student-led volunteer service and advocacy organization open to all students. Students involved in LUCAP have opportunities for direct service and advocacy through projects in areas such as rebuilding, hunger relief and homelessness, tutoring and mentoring, and environmentalism. Connect with them on Instagram

These are just a few examples of the ways you can get involved on campus. The Department of Student Life and Ministry is here to help you find your path at Loyola—whether that’s taking part in a long-standing Loyola tradition or helping you start your own.

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