Commencement

Schedule of Events

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 4

  • 1:00 p.m. Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Ozinga Chapel Auditorium
    Reception follows in Grand Lobby
  • 5:00 p.m. Ovations: A Celebration of Academic Achievement, Ozinga Chapel Auditorium
    All graduates, family, and friends are invited.
  • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Barbeque Dinner, The Lawn/Dining Hall (depending on weather). All graduates, family, and friends are invited. This event is free of charge.
  • 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 5

  • 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. (Live Streaming)

Ticketing and Viewing Information

Five (5) guest tickets will be provided to each graduate via our online ticketing service Eventbrite, on March 5. 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 family members 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Caps & Gowns for ALL May Graduates:

The cost of your cap and gown is included in the graduation fee. Your cap and gown will be available for pick-up on:

  • Monday, April 23 from 3-6PM
  • Wednesday, April 25 from 3-6PM
  • Thursday, April 26 from 1-6PM

 

inside the entrance to the Jennie Huizenga Library. 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.  Please let family and friends know that pictures can be taken only from one’s seat during the ceremony. More information about photography is available at the website below.

Residential students who are participating in the graduation ceremony need to complete a room check with their Resident Assistant by 5pm on Friday May 4 and be completely moved out by 3pm on Saturday, May 5.

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.

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.

On Friday night, graduates and families are invited to attend the barbeque between the Honors Convocation and Baccalaureate events – this event is free.

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

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.