Commencement (Live Stream)

Commencement Speaker

Christina M. Ritsema, Ph.D.

Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce that our 2019 Commencement speaker will be Prof. Christina Ritsema, Ph.D., professor at Colorado State University.

Dr. Christina Ritsema is a clinical professor at Colorado State University, where she teaches both undergraduate and MBA graduate students and serves as CPA advisor and as a Daniel Fund Ethics Fellow.  In 2018, Dr. Ritsema was awarded an Adaptive courseware grant to integrate active learning strategies into the classroom.  She earned her Ph.D. in Accounting and her Master of Accountancy from the University of Arkansas and her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Miami University. She has also taught at the University of Northern Colorado, St. Norbert College, and Hope College. Earlier in her career, she worked as an auditor with Arthur Andersen.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 3

  • 1:00 p.m. Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Ozinga Chapel Auditorium
    Reception follows in Grand Lobby.
  • 5:00 p.m. Ovations – Honors Ceremony, Ozinga Chapel Auditorium
    The graduate will receive an invitation to participate in Ovations from Dr. Craig Mattson, director of the honors program. All graduates, family, and friends are invited to view this honors ceremony. If you have questions about your honors status, please contact the registrar’s office by visiting the office or emailing
  • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Senior Picnic, The Lawn/Dining Hall (depending on weather)   All graduates, family, and friends are invited. This event is free of charge for graduates and their families. Hosted by Trinity Dining Services.
  • 7:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Service, Ozinga Chapel Grand Lobby
    This worship service is led by members of the graduating class to gather you and your family, friends, and classmates for a time of reflection, prayer, and praise.

Saturday, May 4

  • 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  (Click for the Ceremony Live Stream)

⚠️ Overflow seating will be available in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium.

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

SIX (6) guest tickets will be provided to each graduate via our online ticketing service Eventbrite, on Monday, April 15 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:

  • Wednesday, April 24 from 3-6 PM
  • Thursday, April 25 from 1-6 PM
  •  Monday, April 29 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.  If you have additional questions please contact the Cooper Center for Vocation & Career Development (

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.

Graduating residential students have permission to remain in the residence halls through 3pm on Saturday. May 4.  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, May 3.  A final room inspection will be conducted by Residence Life staff after the suite has been vacated.

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 

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:

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

Doubletree Hotel
5000 W. 127th St.
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.

On Friday night, graduates and families are invited to attend the Senior Picnic between the Ovations Honors Ceremony and Baccalaureate events – this event is free.

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 DeVos Classroom 136/138 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 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.

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