December Commencement Schedule and Graduate Information


Schedule of Events

Saturday, Dec 10


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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. 


 Maps and Parking Information


Ticketing and Viewing Information

Seven (7) 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.


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Q: When and where do I pick up my cap and gown?

A:  Caps & Gowns for ALL December 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, November 28 from 4PM-6PM
  • Wednesday, November 30 from 11AM-6PM or
  • Thursday, December 1 from 10AM-6PM

inside the entrance to the Jennie Huizenga Library. Prior to receiving your cap and gown, you are asked to complete the First Destination Survey to fulfill Trinity’s obligations on Career Outcome reporting. Computers will be available on-site, but if you would like to complete the survey in advance you may do so at here.  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 (


Q: Where do I order graduation announcements?

A: Announcements may be ordered through the Bootsma Bookstore Café at or call 708.239.4702. You may also download the order form here.


Q: When do graduating resident students need to move out of residence halls?

A:  Graduating resident students will need to complete normal check out procedures by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 09 however, will not be required to vacate the residence hall until 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 10.  For more details, students should speak to their Area Director.


Q: On which side do I wear my tassel?

A:  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.


Q: Is there a list of hotels in the area available?

A: 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

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


Q: Is there a list of restaurants in the area available?

A:   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.


Q: What about photography and videography?

A: 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” and enter password DEC2016. If you have questions, contact Tom Killoran Photography directly at 708-361-0025.


Q: Is there a special way that I can honor my graduate?

A: 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


Q: Is the ceremony handicap accessible?

A:   Yes, the Grand Lobby is fully handicap accessible. For wheelchair access, we encourage you to enter the building on the far East doors, behind the building. Interpretation for the hearing impaired will also be provided.


Q. Is there parking available?

A.  Yes, parking is available in many of the campus lots.  Please refer to the Maps and Parking Information section of the website.


More Information:

For questions about caps and gowns, including questions about pick up times, please contact or call 708.239.4853

For additional questions that are not addressed on this website please contact or call 708.239.4704