Frequently Asked Questions
Commencement Information – Traditional Program
Commencement Information – Adult Studies Business
Commencement Information – Adult Studies Education
Commencement Information – Graduate Studies
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 6 and May 16. The Bookstore hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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 residence halls by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. Resident students should have checked out with their Residence Director by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 16.
Q: May I obtain additional guest seating tickets for Commencement? http://gradtickets.trnty.edu
Q: How many guest seating tickets will I receive for Commencement?
A: Each graduating student receives five tickets for guest seating and luncheon. Lost tickets cannot be replaced.
Guests without tickets are welcome to join graduates on campus and view a livestream of the event in overflow seating in the Van Namen Recital Hall (located in the Ozinga Chapel) on a first come, first served basis. Additionally, the ceremonies will be streamed live on the web for viewing from any high-speed internet connection.
Q: May I obtain additional guest seating tickets for Commencement?
A: Due to the size of the graduating class, each graduate will be limited to five guest seating tickets. No additional tickets are given to students for the ceremony in the Chapel Auditorium. Additional tickets can be bought/sold/traded on the student ticket exchange website.
Q: What is the student ticket exchange?
A: It is a website that students can use to communicate with each other specifically regarding commencement tickets. They are allowed to sell/buy/trade tickets. The website can be found here.
Q: Do Adult Studies graduates receive tickets for Commencement?
A: Tickets are not required for the Adult Studies Commencement Ceremony.
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:
Doubletree Hotel Baymont Inn
5000 W. 127th St 12801 S. Cicero Ave
Alsip, IL 60658 Alsip, IL 60658
Full Service Hotel
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.
For graduates and families, the Barbeque Dinner will be on Friday, May 16. There will be a luncheon on Saturday, May 17 will be available in the Dining Hall on Trinity’s campus. See schedule for details.
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: Will I get a chance to meet professors and other graduates?
A: Following the traditional program ceremony, graduates will gather in the Academic Courtyard with other students from their major area of study. Families and friends are welcome to join this celebratory time with their graduates.
Q: I’m graduating. How will I know what to do during the ceremony?
A: Graduates in the traditional program should be sure to arrive at Heritage Science Center Room 014 at 9 a.m., Saturday May 17 to receive instructions regarding their participation in the ceremony. Several staff members will be present to assist graduates and respond to last minute concerns. Graduates in the adult studies and graduate programs should be sure to arrive at 1:00 p.m. at the Van Namen Recital Hall to receive instructions before the 2:00 p.m. Ceremony in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium