Commencement 2021 (In-Person & Live Stream)

This year, we are excited to be honoring the graduates of 2020 and 2021 at two ceremonies held off campus at Ozinga Field at 14011 Kenton Ave. Crestwood, IL 60445.

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER ON MAY 8, THE BACKUP PLAN DATE IS MAY 9. All times would remain the same.   Any schedule changes due to inclement weather will be announced on this website, via email to graduates and on Trinity social media by 8 am.


10 AM Ceremony
– All 2021 Traditional Undergraduates
(Live Stream)

2 PM Ceremony – All 2020 Traditional Undergraduates, Adult Undergraduates, and Graduate Programs, as well as All 2021 Adult Undergraduates and Graduate Programs (Live Stream)

Schedule of Events for Commencement Day

Saturday, May 8

  • 9:00 a.m. 2021 Traditional Undergraduates 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).
  • 10:00 a.m. Commencement Ceremony, Ozinga Field. (Live Stream)
    The ceremony will take place at Ozinga Field at 14011 Kenton Ave. Crestwood, IL 60445. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only ticketed guests will be permitted to attend. Guests without tickets should plan to view the ceremony from home via live stream.
  • 1:00 p.m. 2020 Traditional Undergraduates, Adult Undergraduates, and Graduate Programs, as well as all 2021 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 COVID-19 restrictions, only ticketed guests will be permitted to attend. Guests without tickets should plan to view the ceremony from home via live stream.

Guests: Please arrive no earlier than an hour and no later than 20 minutes prior to your graduate’s ceremony for check in and seating.

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!

Wednesday, May 5

  • 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. Social Work Senior Celebration, Marg Kallemeyn Theatre
    In-person attendance will be limited to participating students. Event will be live streamed for family and friends.

Friday, May 7

  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Ozinga Chapel Auditorium
    In-person attendance will be limited to participating students. Event will be live streamed for family and friends.
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Virtual Baccalaureate Service, Online
    This pre-recorded time of reflection, prayer, and praise will be released on YouTube at 7 p.m. This worship service is led by members of the graduating class.

Social Media for Commencement

Whether you are a #TrinityGrad2021 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 #TrinityGrad2021 in your social media post.

Ticketing and Viewing Information

For the safety of our graduates and their families, tickets will be assigned seating in family groups and socially distanced from other guests. If you plan to bring a family member who needs wheelchair-accessible seating, please notify events@trnty.edu of this need by Friday, April 9, 2021, so we can make arrangements for your guest.

The event will also be live streamed, so family and friends from afar can watch you graduate as well. For the safety of our graduates and their guests, only ticketed guests will be admitted to the ballpark.

Extra tickets are not available, and this year there is no overflow viewing site.

For the 10 AM Ceremony: FOUR (4) Assigned-Seating guest tickets will be provided to each graduate via our online ticketing service Eventbrite on Monday, April 26 at noon. They will be sent to your Trinity email. 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.

For the 2 PM Ceremony: FOUR (4) Assigned-Seating guest tickets will be provided to each graduate via our online ticketing service Eventbrite on Monday, April 26 at noon. It 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 2020 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

Guest attendance at Ozinga Field has been limited to allow for social distancing. For the safety of our graduates and their guests, only ticketed guests will be admitted to the ballpark.

  • Seating is assigned to ensure social distancing
  • Only ticketed guests will be admitted to the ballpark
  • All guests must wear masks for the duration of their time at the field
  • Graduating students and participating faculty must wear masks at all times, other than when seated on the field

 

May 2020 Graduates:

May 2020 graduates were mailed a cap and gown last year. Graduates who are planning to participate in commencement are responsible for bringing that cap and gown with them to the ceremony. We recommend hanging it up at least a few days in advance of the ceremony or using a steamer to let the wrinkles release.

December 2020 and May 2021 Graduates:

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

  • Tuesday, April 27 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 28 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Monday, May 3 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 Jeff at vocationandcareer@trnty.edu. On the day of commencement, you can retrieve your cap and gown at the check-in tent.

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.  (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).

For the 10 a.m. ceremony, the Main Gate will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 8. Guests may arrive anytime between 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., but we recommend arriving at least 10 minutes before the ceremony so you can have your temperature taken, tickets scanned, and find your assigned seats before the ceremony begins. If you have accessibility needs, we advise you arrive early.

For the 2 p.m. ceremony, the Main Gate will open at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 8. 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 temperature taken, tickets scanned, and find your assigned seats before the ceremony begins. If you have accessibility needs, we advise you arrive early.

Graduating students should arrive by 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremony, and 1 p.m. for the 2 p.m. ceremony,

You can check to see if you are registered to participate in the 10 AM ceremony here.

You can check to see if you are registered to participate in the 2 PM ceremony here.

If you requested to be added recently, your will not appear on the list until after April 13th.

If inclement weather prevents us from gathering on Saturday, May 8, our rain plan is to hold the ceremonies at Ozinga Field at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 9. 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 as well. 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 March 1 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 7. Those who need to stay in the residence hall after their checkout may do so through 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 8.  By 3 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.

10 a.m. Graduates should be sure to arrive at the Southeast parking lot at Ozinga Field by 9 a.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.

2 p.m. 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 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 ceremonies will be handicap accessible, but please notify us at events@trnty.edu if you will require accommodations. 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 your assigned seat.

Guests using wheelchairs may have 1 guest seated next to them. The rest of the party must sit in their assigned stadium seating. We will do all that we can to assign your party’s seats near the wheelchair accessible seating area.

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
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.

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

For the safety of our graduates and their guests, participating graduates* are allocated 4 tickets, which will be assigned to specific seats in the ballpark in groups of 4. Because this event is not general admission seating, graduates may not trade un-used tickets with other graduates. That would result in individuals from one grouping sitting with another grouping, which would not provide for social distancing. In order for us to maintain social distancing parameters, no graduate is permitted to bring any more than 4 people. As we continue to navigate the complexities of hosting this celebratory event during a pandemic, this strategy is necessary to decrease risk, to ensure social distancing, and to abide by capacity restrictions set by the stadium and Cook County. Graduates may use less than 4 tickets if desired, but may not give or receive un-used tickets.

* 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.

MAY 9, 2021
Inclement Weather
Plan Only

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Mother’s Day
Ozinga Field
14011 Kenton Ave.
Crestwood IL, 60445