How We'll Celebrate

Many of the signature centennial projects are highlighted below to give you a glimpse of how we'll celebrate:

  • 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade -- LMU has been invited to enter a float in 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade. The university’s participation in the parade will serve as one of the cornerstone events of our yearlong Centennial Celebration and draw both national and international attention to LMU.  It will not be the first time the university has participated in the event—the Loyola University Band marched in the 1938 Rose Parade. One of the great Rose Parade traditions is the community’s involvement in the float decoration. In keeping with this tradition, LMU students, faculty, staff, and alumni will be invited to be a part of this historic event by helping to decorate our float.
  • 2011 Opus Prize -- LMU has been selected as the host university for the 2011 Opus Prize in honor of our centennial celebration and 100-year commitment to the service of faith and promotion of justice.  The Opus Prize, an annual faith-based humanitarian award, recognizes unsung heroes who, guided by faith and an entrepreneurial spirit, are conquering the world's most persistent social problems.  Each year the Opus Prize Foundation partners with a Catholic university to award a $1,000,000 prize to the winner and two $100,000 finalist prizes. On November 2nd and 3rd, LMU will welcome to campus the 2011 winner and finalists.  The winner and finalists were nominated by anonymous spotters from across the globe and recommended to the foundation by a jury of community and interfaith leaders assembled by the university.  Their visit to campus will include a tour of Los Angeles, a formal award ceremony open to the the entire community, on campus symposia about their work, and pre-arranged classroom visits.
  • LMU's 100th Birthday Party @ The 58th Annual LMU Alumni BBQ -- The 2011 Alumni Barbeque will be the largest reunion ever.  Plans are underway to include several affinity reunions at the barbeque, live music, sky art, and much more.  The barbeque will be a chance for the entire alumni community to celebrate LMU’s 100th Birthday while reuniting with retired faculty, staff and religious from when they were students at LMU.
  • Centennial Liturgies -- Three liturgies throughout the year will help the university celebrate its centennial.  The 2011 Mass of the Holy Spirit and Alumni Reunion Mass will provide on-campus liturgical celebrations.  The Mass of the Holy Spirit will be celebrated on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.  The Alumni Reunion Mass will immediate precede LMU's 100th Birthday Party @ the 58th Annual Alumni BBQ at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 25. UPDATED 1/26/12: Last week, LMU received word that Archbishop José Gomez and Cardinal Roger Mahony will be traveling with the bishops of our region to Rome for the United States bishops’ ad limina visit in mid-April. Due to this unfortunate and unforeseeable conflict, LMU will not be celebrating the centennial liturgy scheduled for April 14 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. We thank all of our friends and partners in mission for understanding.
  • Centennial Service Event -- As a celebration of the university’s deep commitment to the service of faith and promotion of justice, Alumni for Others and the Center for Service and Action will team up for a national day of service.  Alumni in the Los Angeles area will work with LMU students at various sites through the region while alumni throughout the country serve those most in need in their own communities.
  • LMU Historical Collage -- Artist Lawrence Romorini has created a one-of-a-kind 3-dimensional centennial collage. Photos, publications, news articles, mementos and memorabilia have been transformed into a pictorial history. The collage, which is 5’ x 5’ x 7”, is located in the lobby of the Welcome Center in the Charles Von Der Ahe Building.
  •  University Timeline -- A timeline was created to highlight significant figures and events in the histories of Loyola University, Marymount College and LMU.  The primary display is on the exterior windows of the new Alumni Center in the Charles Von Der Ahe Building and will span more than 50 feet.  Additionally, an expanded timeline highlighting key figures and events in the university's history will be published on this website.
  • Oral History Project -- The Oral History Project has captured the recollections of past LMU students, faculty and administrators. Their stories of learning, leading and serving, reflect LMU’s longstanding commitment to its three core principles: academic excellence, education of the whole person, and the service of faith and promotion of justice.
  • Historical Building Plaques -- New plaques will be made for Xavier and St. Robert’s Halls marking them as the original two structures built by President Joseph Sullivan, S.J., on the Westchester campus in 1929.  The plaques will include information about the building as well as information about the Jesuit saint for whom each is named.
  • A New Alma Mater -- In celebration of the rich traditions that have developed over the past 100 years, the university has developed a new Alma Mater.  Set to the melody of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” the Division of Student Affairs held a competition inviting students to submit lyrics for the song.  The new Alma Mater was unveiled at 2011 Commencement.
  • Production of Keepsakes and Mementos -- Numerous keepsake and memento items will be available for purchase during the year-long centennial celebration.  These items will include vintage Loyola University and Marymount College paraphernalia available for one year only!
  • City Banners -- Founded as Los Angeles College in 1911, LMU has a close relationship with the city we call home.  To celebrate 100 years in the City of Angels, city banners commemorating LMU’s centennial will be hung in areas of the city surrounding both the Westchester and Law School campuses.
  • Campus Banners --Special banners highlighting our rich heritage and history now hang on campus light poles.  A large banner marking the centennial year has been hung on Regent’s Tower next to Sacred Heart Chapel.
  • Digital Billboards -- With one of the most extensive photographic archives in the region, LMU has developed several images into high-definition slides being displayed on various digital billboards in the LA area.
  • Centennial in a Box -- In the past decade, LMU has increased efforts to reach out to alumni living outside of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan region.  In this spirit, the university will be producing several “Centennial in a Box” kits to be used by alumni throughout the country and world to host regional events celebrating LMU’s centennial..
  • The Human 100 -- The university community will gather in Sunken Garden and form a human “100” to be photographed from a helicopter above.
  • Centennial Wine -- LMU Centennial Wines have been produced by vintners who are alumni of LMU or are a longstanding participants in the Wine Classic. These wines will be sold throughout the year and used at various centennial events. .
  • Centennial Basketball Game -- In celebration of 100 years of Lion athletics, the men’s basketball team will host a Centennial Game during the 2011-12 season.