Commencement

Schedule of Events

Saturday, Dec 15

  • 10:00 a.m. Commencement, Ozinga Chapel Auditorium

There will be a professional photographer taking pictures of all graduates as they cross the stage.  Please let family and friends know that pictures can be taken only from one’s seat during the ceremony.

Ticketing and Viewing Information

Nine (9) guest tickets will be provided to each graduate via our online ticketing service, Eventbrite. Tickets may be printed and will be scanned at the entry to the Ozinga Chapel. The event will also be live-streaming to any internet connection so family and friends from afar may view your graduation as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

  • Monday, December 3 from 3-6PM
  • Thursday, December 6 from 1-6PM

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.  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 www.trnty.edu/bbc or call 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. 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.

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

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

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 Parking Map .

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.

The ceremonies will be handicap accessible. For wheelchair access to the Ozinga Chapel, use the East or West doors. For wheelchair access to the DeVos Athletics Complex, we encourage you to enter the DeVos Gym using the far East doors, behind the building. Interpretation for the hearing impaired will also be provided for the commencement ceremony only.