Frequently Asked Questions
Commencement Information – Traditional Program
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Commencement Information – Adult Studies Education
Commencement Information – Graduate Studies
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Q: When and where do I pick up my cap and gown?
A: Graduating students may pick up their caps and gowns from the Bootsma Bookstore Café between May 1 and May 12. The Bookstore hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
For more information on the location and hours of the Bootsma Bookstore Café please visit the website here.
Q: Where do I order graduation announcements?
Q: When do graduating resident students need to move out of residence halls?
A: Resident students need to move out of the residence halls by 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 16 Resident students should have checked out with their Residence Director by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 15.
Q: On which side do I wear my tassel?
A: Undergraduate degree candidates should wear tassels on the right side of their cap for the academic procession. When their degree is conferred during Commencement, tassels are moved to the left side of their cap. Because graduate and professional degree candidates already have received a bachelor's degree, they should wear tassels on the left side of their cap throughout commencement ceremonies. Faculty members and administrators should also wear tassels on the left side of their cap throughout commencement ceremonies.
Q: Is there a list of hotels in the area available?
A: A list of local hotels is available at the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau Accommodation website
For information on hotels and room availability, contact the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association at 312.346.3135.
Two hotels in the region typically offer discounts to Trinity-affiliated guests. Please note that the availability of the discount is at the hotel’s discretion:
5000 W. 127th St.
Alsip, IL 60803
12801 S. Cicero Ave.
Alsip, IL 60803
Q: Is there a list of restaurants in the area available?
A: A list of restaurants is available at the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau Dining website.
For information on Dining and Restaurants in the area, contact the Illinois Restaurant Association at 312.787.4000.
Light refreshments will be available in the Mitchell Gymnasium following the commencement ceremonies.
Q: What about photography and videography?
A: Professional photos will be taken of each graduate during the ceremony as they receive their diplomas. These photos will be available for purchase following the ceremony.
Families and friends are permitted to take photos during the ceremony as well.
Q: I’m graduating. How will I know what to do during the ceremony?
A: Graduates should be sure to arrive at the Marg Kallemeyn "black box" Theater in the ArCC by 9 am to receive instructions regarding their participation in the ceremony. Several staff members will be present to assist graduates and respond to last minute concerns.
Q: What about food?
A: On Friday night, graduates and families are invited to attend the barbeque between the Honors Convocation and Baccalaureate events – this event is free. On Saturday, a reception will be held after the commencement ceremony in the Mitchell Gymnasium, where light appetizers will be served. Families are welcome to engage with professors at this reception, take pictures and then enjoy a wonderful afternoon in the great city of Chicago.
Q: Is there a special way that I can honor my graduate?
A: Trinity invites family and friends of graduates to purchase an alumni brick engraved with their graduate’s name. Bricks are placed in the courtyard outside the Ozinga Chapel. For more information or to purchase a brick online, visit http://connect.trnty.edu/bricks.
Q: Is the ceremony handicap accessible?
A: Yes, the DeVos Center is fully handicap accessible. For wheelchair access, we encourage you to enter the building on the far east doors, behind the building. Interpretation for the hearing impaired will also be provided.