Commencement 2022 (In-Person & Live Stream)

This year, we are excited to be honoring the graduates of Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 at one ceremony held off-campus at Ozinga Field at 14011 Kenton Ave. Crestwood, IL 60445.

Information on Official Photography

As a service to families of graduates, Tom Killoran Photography has taken photographs of all graduate during the ceremony. Trinity is providing two complimentary digital images to each of our graduates–one as they cross the stage, and one posed image with their diploma in front of the Trinity backdrop.

Images from the May 7 ceremony can be accessed here. Complimentary downloads can be accessed with the code trinity22

Schedule of Events for Commencement Day

Saturday, May 7

  • 1:00 p.m. Graduates Arrive to Ozinga Field
    Traditional Undergraduates, Adult Undergraduates, and Graduate Programs, arrive at Ozinga Field 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).
  • 2:00 p.m. Commencement Ceremony, Ozinga Field. (Live Stream)
    The ceremony will take place at Ozinga Field at 14011 Kenton Ave. Crestwood, IL 60445.

Due to stadium capacity, only ticketed guests will be permitted to attend. Guests without tickets should plan to view the ceremony from home via live stream.

All non-ticketed friends and family should plan to view the ceremony remotely via live stream. There will be no overflow viewing site on campus.

Commencement Program

Schedule of Events for Commencement Week

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

Friday, May 6

  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Ozinga Chapel Auditorium (Livestream)
    Guests are welcome to attend according to current college health protocols.
  • 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Social Work Senior Celebration, Vermeer Fireside Room
    All graduating social work seniors and their families and friends are welcome to attend.
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Worship Service, Ozinga Chapel Auditorium (Livestream)
    It has a strange name, but we’re here to explain! Baccalaureate is a service of worship and celebration led by members of the graduating class. Contrasting the formalities of Commencement, the Baccalaureate service will be a time to slow down and give thanks for God’s faithfulness with your community. Seating is not assigned—sit with your family, your friends, or whomever you want to worship with you! All faculty, staff, students, graduates, and their families are warmly invited to attend. The Baccalaureate cookout picnic dinner will follow immediately afterward.
  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Picnic Dinner, Dining Hall
    Due to the forecast of impending rain, we have moved this event indoors. We want your last evening on Trinity’s campus to be a memorable experience! Graduates, their guests, and Trinity staff/faculty members are invited to gather for a complimentary picnic dinner hosted by the Student Life Division. No need to make dinner plans elsewhere! On the menu are pulled pork, brisket barbeque, and gluten-free options.  Enjoy a fun and relaxed time to hang out with your classmates, friends, and family—and the Troll will be around to take photos with you!
  • 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Class of 2022 Alumni Celebration and Welcome, Franklin’s Public House
    Graduates are invited to join members of Trinity’s Alumni Board and Alumni Office for a social celebration to welcome them as the newest alumni. Live music, appetizers and soda are provided thanks to the generous support of alumni. Graduates can RSVP here by April 29.

Social Media for Commencement

Whether you are a #TrinityGrad2022 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 #TrinityGrad2022 in your social media post.

Ticketing and Viewing Information

Each participating student will receive an allotment of ten (10) General Admission tickets to Ozinga Field (seating is not assigned). If you plan to bring a family member who needs wheelchair-accessible seating, please indicate this need when you claim your tickets so we can make arrangements for your guest.

Extra tickets for the stadium are not available. All non-ticketed friends and family should plan to view the ceremony remotely via live stream. There will be no overflow viewing site on campus.

The event will also be live streamed, so family and friends from afar can watch you graduate as well. Only ticketed guests will be admitted to the ballpark.

2 PM Ceremony:
Each student may claim up to TEN (10) General Admission guest tickets via our online ticketing service Eventbrite on Monday, April 25 at noon. The ticket invitation email will be sent to your Trinity email if you are a current student, or to the personal email you provided to the Alumni & Family Engagement Office if you are 2021 graduate. If you need to update your personal email address, you may do so at this link: https://www.trnty.edu/update/. Tickets may be printed or viewed on smart phones, and will be scanned at Ozinga Field’s Main Gate.

Graduating students will be seated on the field for participation in the ceremony, and do not require a guest ticket.

Frequently Asked Questions

December 2021 and May 2022 Graduates:

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

  • Wednesday, April 27 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 28 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Monday, May 2 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

inside the entrance to the Jennie Huizenga Library.  If you are unable to be on campus during these times, please arrange for a friend or family member to pick up the cap and gown for you. We will distribute your cap and gown to that individual only if you have completed the Handshake survey (see below) and they can provide documentation that confirms the graduate has asked them to do so (text or email from the graduate).  If you are arriving for the ceremony from out of state and are not able to arrange for someone else to pick up your cap and gown, please contact vocationandcareer@trnty.edu.

We recommend hanging up your gown at least few days in advance of the ceremony or using a steamer to release wrinkles.

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 will be available on site.  This survey will be available by April 1st and 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.  *Note that if you are logging in for the first time, the initial information that is asked of you is not the required survey – skip this section and proceed to the “First Destinations” 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 (vocationandcareer@trnty.edu).

The Main Gate will open at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Guests may arrive anytime between 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., but we recommend arriving at least 10 minutes before the ceremony so you can have your tickets scanned and find your seats before the ceremony begins. If you have accessibility needs, we advise you arrive early.

Graduating students should arrive by 1 p.m. for the 2 p.m. ceremony,

You can check to see if you are registered to participate in the ceremony here.

If inclement weather prevents us from gathering on Saturday, May 7, our rain plan is to hold the ceremony at Ozinga Field at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. For more details, visit https://www.trnty.edu/event/graduation-raindate/

Professional photos will be taken of each graduate during the ceremony as they receive their diplomas, and in front of a Trinity backdrop after they leave the stage. Trinity has purchased digital rights to the images for our graduates to download and print at your discretion. Families and friends are permitted to take photos during the ceremony from their seats. Professional 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. Discount codes for the free download will be released at a later date.

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 February 20 are typically installed before the May commencement. For more information or to purchase a brick online, visit https://giving.trnty.edu/brick 

All graduating, residential students must complete an initial checkout with a Residence Life staff member before 5 p.m. on Friday, May 6. Those who need to stay in the residence hall after their checkout may do so until 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.  By 12 p.m. on Saturday, all personal belongings must be removed, and the suite must be cleaned. A final room inspection will be conducted by Residence Life staff after the suite has been vacated. More information will be released by Residence Life on how to remain in the Residence Hall until noon on Saturday.

Graduates should be sure to arrive at the Southeast parking lot at Ozinga Field by 1 p.m. to receive instructions regarding their participation in the ceremony. Several staff members will be present to assist graduates and respond to last-minute concerns.

You will also receive important communication about additional instructions to your Trinity email if you are a current student, or your personal email if you already graduated.

Since there will not be a locked room available for you to leave your things, we recommend leaving valuables at home, or in the care of one of your attending guests. If necessary, leave your belongings in a locked vehicle.

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, ample free parking is available surrounding Ozinga Field.   Shuttle service by golf-cart will be available for handicapped guests to the main gate. Participating students should plan to park at the south end of the west parking lot.

The ceremony will be handicap accessible, but please notify us if your guests will require accommodations by indicating your need when you claim your tickets on Eventbrite. For wheelchair access, we encourage you to park near the wheelchair ramp on the North side of the stadium. If you have accessibility needs, we advise you arrive as close to 1 hour before your ceremony as possible. Ushers will be there to direct you to the handicap accessible seating area.

Guests using wheelchairs may have 1 guest seated next to them. The rest of the party may sit elsewhere in the stadium.

Please visit our Local Hotels page to book with partnering local hotels.

A list of additional 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.

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 can be ordered through the Trinity Bookstore by clicking here or stop by the store inside the Bootsma Bookstore Café.

Because of capacity limits at the ballpark, participating graduates* are allocated 10 tickets, which are general admission seating. You may trade tickets with other graduates who are not using all of theirs, but these trades are not being managed by the College. All tickets must be scanned upon entry, and duplicate tickets will not be accepted.

If another student has agreed to give you some of his or her un-used tickets, this is the recommended process:

  1. On Monday, 4/25, when the Eventbrite event goes live, that student should redeem all 10 of his or her tickets
  2. An email will be sent to them from Eventbrite with the number of tickets they claimed as pages of a PDF attachment
  3. He or she should *print* all 10 tickets.
  4. The giving student should then give the receiving student the number of physical tickets that they have agreed upon.
  5. The giving student will need to distribute their retained printed tickets to their guests for entry on the day of the event. Using digital tickets may unintentionally result in duplication for those sharing tickets, so that is not recommended.

* Refers only to graduates who indicated their plans to participate in commencement prior to the Jan. 31st deadline

Unfortunately, you may not participate if you did not indicate your plans by the deadline. Because graduation ticket counts were based on students who indicated their plans prior to the deadline, we do not have available capacity at the stadium for additional graduates or guests. We understand this may be disappointing, but we cannot make exceptions to this.