Commencement (Live Stream)

Schedule of Events

Commencement weekend is full of celebratory events for you, your family, and friends. We hope you can take advantage of these wonderful opportunities!

Saturday, Dec 19

  • 9:00 a.m. Graduating students arrive at the DeVos classroom (136-138) for robing, instructions, and to line up for the processional. Please bring your cap, gown, medallion and honors cord (if applicable). If you have not yet received a medallion or honors cord – one will be available for you, (if applicable).
  • 10:00 a.m. Commencement Ceremony, DeVos Center. (Live Stream)
    The ceremony will take place in the DeVos Gymnasium. Guests without tickets should plan to view the ceremony from the overflow viewing location in the Auditorium of the Ozinga Chapel.

Social Media for Commencement

Whether you are a #TrinityGrad2020 or celebrating a graduate, we invite you to join the commencement conversation on social media. Throughout the day, be sure to tag Trinity Christian College and use the hashtag #TrinityGrad2020 in your social media post.

Ticketing and Viewing Information

SIX (6) guest tickets will be provided to each graduate via our online ticketing service Eventbrite, on Monday, April 6 at noon. It will be sent to your Trinity email. Tickets may be printed and will be scanned at the entry to the DeVos Center.

The event will also be live-streaming to any device with an internet connection, so family and friends from afar can watch you graduate as well. Additional guests who do not have tickets but would like to join you on campus will be welcome to view the event via simulcast in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium. Extra tickets are not available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your cap and gown will be available for pick-up on

  • Monday, December 14 from 3 – 6 pm
  • Wednesday, December 15 from 1 – 6 pm
  • Thursday, December 16 from 3 – 6 pm

inside the entrance to the Jennie Huizenga Library. (If you are an adult or graduate student and are unable to be on campus during these times, please contact us at the email address below.)

Prior to receiving your cap and gown, you are required to complete the First Destination Survey to fulfill Trinity’s obligations on Career Outcome reporting. It is preferred that you fill out the survey in advance to help expedite the pick-up process, but computers are available on site.  This survey must be taken by all graduates, no matter which degree earned, and no matter whether you are walking in the graduation ceremony or not. To access the survey, please go to Access your account using your Trinity email and password, and then open the dropdown menu labeled “Career Center.” There, click on “First Destinations” and complete the survey.  (You will also receive a series of emails leading up to graduation with a link to the survey as well.) Your thorough answers are appreciated and all specific personal information remains confidential inside the college.

If you have additional questions please contact the Cooper Center for Vocation & Career Development (

The doors to the gymnasium will open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 19. You can arrive anytime between 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., but we recommend arriving by 9:50 a.m. so you have your tickets scanned and find seats before the ceremony begins. If you have accessibility needs, we advise you arrive as close to 9 a.m. as possible.  

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. The photos can be accessed at, click Trinity Christian College. If you have questions, contact Tom Killoran Photography directly at 708-361-0025.

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 and orders placed prior to March 1 are typically installed before the May commencement. For more information or to purchase a brick online, visit 

Graduating residential students have permission to remain in the residence halls through 3pm on Saturday, December 19. At that time, all personal belongings must be removed and the suite must be cleaned. Please note that it is required that all students complete an initial check-out with a residence life staff member before 5 p.m. on Friday, December 18. A final room inspection will be conducted by Residence Life staff after the suite has been vacated.

Graduates should be sure to arrive at the DeVos 136/138 Classroom 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.

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.

Yes, parking is available in many of the campus lots.  Please refer to the Maps and Parking Information section of the website. Shuttle service will be available to most lots.

The ceremonies will be handicap accessible. For wheelchair access to the DeVos Athletics Complex, we encourage you to enter the DeVos Gym using the far East doors, behind the building. For wheelchair access to the Ozinga Chapel, use the East or West doors. Interpretation for the hearing impaired will also be provided for the commencement ceremony only.  If you have accessibility needs, we advise you arrive as close to 9 a.m. as possible. Ushers will do their best to accommodate everyone, but note that spots are first come first served.

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.

Three 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
5000 W. 127th St.
Alsip, IL 60803

Baymont Inn
12801 S. Cicero Ave.
Alsip, IL 60803

Holiday Inn Express
13330 S. Cicero Ave.
Crestwood, IL 60445

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.

Announcements may be ordered through the Bootsma Bookstore Café at or by calling 708.239.4702.  You can also submit the order form to the BBC directly.