Commencement (Live Stream)

Schedule of Events

Saturday, Dec 14

9:00 a.m. Graduating students arrive at Van Namen Recital Hall in the Ozinga Chapel  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, Ozinga Chapel Auditorium  (Click for the Ceremony Live Stream)

Social Media for Commencement

Whether you are a #TrinityGrad2019 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 #TrinityGrad2019 in your social media post.

Ticketing and Viewing Information

Tickets will not be distributed for the fall 2019 commencement.  Admission for guests of graduates will be general admission. Please arrive early for best seats. Guests who arrive after the ceremony has begun may be seated in overflow seating in the Grand Lobby

The event will also be live-streamed to any internet connection so family and friends from afar may view your graduation as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

Caps & Gowns for ALL December Graduates:   Your cap and gown will be available for pick-up on:

  • Monday, December 2 from 3-6 PM
  • Thursday, December 5 from 1-6 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 www.trnty.edu/handshake. 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.  Your thorough answers are appreciated and all specific information remains confidential inside the college.

If you have additional questions please contact the Cooper Center for Vocation & Career Development (vocationandcareer@trnty.edu).

Announcements may be ordered through the Bootsma Bookstore Café at 708.239.4702. You may also download the order form here.

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 in the grand lobby. Families and friends are permitted to take photos during the ceremony as well. The photos can be accessed at www.killoranphotography.smugmug.com, click “Trinity Christian College.” If you have questions, contact Tom Killoran Photography directly at 708-361-0025.

Graduating resident students will need to complete normal check out procedures by 2 p.m. on Friday, December 14 however, will not be required to vacate the residence hall until 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 15.  For more details, students should speak to their Area Director.

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.

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 https://giving.trnty.edu/brick 

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.

Some 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:

Baymont Inn by Wyndham
12801 S. Cicero Ave.
Alsip, IL 60803
708.597.3900

Doubletree Hotel
5000 W. 127th St.
Alsip, IL 60803
708.371.7300

Holiday Inn Express
13330 S. Cicero Ave.
Crestwood, IL 60445
708.597.3330

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.

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

Graduates should be sure to arrive at the Van Namen Recital Hall 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.

Yes, the Grand Lobby 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.

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