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Commencement | May 2013: Instructions

Commencement Instructions

College of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations to Seniors in the College of Arts and Sciences! This page provides specific instructions to assist you with planning and attendance during the various events for Commencement.

You are responsible to read and follow all Commencement directions.

1. Schedule
Please see the Master Schedule of Events for Commencement. You are welcome to participate in all of these events.

2. Checklist
Please see the Commencement Checklist which is your guide to essential tasks you must fulfill in order to graduate.

3. Announcements
10 Commencement announcements will be mailed to you the week of April 22.

4. Graduation Survey
Please complete the Graduation Survey online.

5. Requirements
You are responsible to meet with your academic advisor to be sure that you have fulfilled all of your requirements for graduation. You and your advisor should complete the Graduation Verification Checklist before April 2 to be sure you have met all requirements.

6. Short Credits
Undergraduate students who are within six credits of the 128 credits required for the bachelor’s degree may wear the black academic robe and mortarboard, but not the hood that signifies degree completion. These students may march in the academic procession. However, their names are not in the program nor are these names called during the graduation ceremony. No exceptions.

7. Payments
By April 30 students must settle all financial accounts, including student loan counseling as well as the master account balances, to Trinity’s satisfaction in order to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Students with outstanding balances after April 30 will NOT be listed in the program nor may they participate in the ceremony.

8. Regalia
Regalia includes the mortarboard (cap), black tassel and black undergraduate gown, as well as the academic hood that signifies degree completion. The satin lining of the hood reflects Trinity’s school colors, purple and gold; the outer velvet lining signifies the type of degree the student receives. Students receiving B.A. degrees receive hoods that have white velvet, students receiving B.S. degrees receive hoods that have yellow velvet.

NO items (medals, sashes, cords, decorations, etc.) may appear on any part of the regalia other than those approved by Trinity.

Academic regalia will be available for purchase at the Trinity Bookstore according to the schedule that the bookstore will post.

9. Rehearsal
You must attend graduation rehearsal at 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 16, if you intend to participate in Commencement. Prior to rehearsal, there will be a reception in Seymour Court at 5:00 p.m. for graduating students only.

Please do not bring children to rehearsal or the reception. Guests are not permitted to attend rehearsal or the reception.

If for some reason you cannot attend rehearsal, you must contact the Dean of Students at 202-884-9600 or commencement@trinitydc.edu

If you do not notify Dean Bowie of your inability to attend rehearsal, we will assume that you are not participating in Commencement and we will drop your name from the list.

10. Senior Luncheon
A longstanding Trinity tradition, the Senior Luncheon is for undergraduate seniors in CAS, NHP and SPS to enjoy their final moments together. This luncheon takes place on Friday, May 17, at 12:15 pm in Alumnae Hall. Seniors traditionally dress nicely for this elegant occasion.

11. Baccalaureate Mass
Also a longstanding Trinity tradition, the Baccalaureate Mass is a spiritual moment that begins the final series of events leading to graduation. The Mass takes place on Friday, May 17, at 11:00 a.m.

10:30 am before Mass:  Seniors participating in the Baccalaureate Mass should come directly to Notre Dame Chapel. Seniors do not wear academic regalia for mass and there will not be a procession.

12. Commencement
Commencement is on Saturday, May 18, at 4:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. before Commencement: CAS seniors report to O’Connor Auditorium with your full regalia, including cap and gown, black tassel, stock and hood. Please dress appropriately; you should wear black shoes. NO items (medals, sashes, cords, decorations, etc.) may appear on any part of the regalia other than those approved by Trinity.

During the hour before Commencement, your class will have a group photo taken on the front steps.

13. Guests
Your families and friends are welcome to attend these events:

  • Baccalaureate Mass (arrive by 10:45 a.m.)
  • Senior Luncheon:  Members of your family are welcome to attend the Senior Luncheon. You must pay $10 in advance for tickets for each of your guests by Monday, May 6. You can pay online with a credit card or you may purchase tickets from Dean Michele Bowie, Main 223, by check payable to Trinity or with cash.
  • Commencement (with limitations if it rains) (guests should arrive by 3:00 p.m.)

While we are happy to welcome all guests, we ask everyone to be courteous and considerate of others in the number of guests and their conduct during these ceremonies. We ask your cooperation in maintaining a reasonable guest group size for these events, with “reasonable guest group size” being no more than 20. All guests should be appropriately dressed and refrain from loud celebrations during the ceremony.

In the event of rain, the Commencement ceremony will be indoors and tickets will be required for guest admission to the ceremony. Each graduate will receive six rain tickets for the rain ceremony. No exceptions are possible to this limitation.

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Congratulations to Seniors in the School of Nursing and Health Professions! This page provides specific instructions to assist you with planning and attendance during the various events for Commencement.

You are responsible to read and follow all Commencement directions.

1. Schedule
Please see the Master Schedule of Events for Commencement. You are welcome to participate in all of these events.

2. Checklist
Please see the Commencement Checklist which is your guide to essential tasks you must fulfill in order to graduate.

3. Announcements
10 Commencement announcements will be mailed to you the week of April 22.

4. Graduation Survey
Please complete the Graduation Survey online.

5. Requirements
You are responsible to meet with your academic advisor to be sure that you have fulfilled all of your requirements for graduation. You and your advisor should complete the Graduation Verification Checklist before April 2 to be sure you have met all requirements.

6. Short Credits
Undergraduate students who are within six credits of the 128 credits required for the bachelor’s degree may wear the black academic robe and mortarboard, but not the hood that signifies degree completion. These students may march in the academic procession. However, their names are not in the program nor are these names called during the graduation ceremony. No exceptions.

7. Payments
By April 30 students must settle all financial accounts, including student loan counseling as well as the master account balances, to Trinity’s satisfaction in order to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Students with outstanding balances after April 30 will NOT be listed in the program nor may they participate in the ceremony.

8. Regalia
Regalia includes the mortarboard (cap), black tassel and black undergraduate gown, as well as the academic hood that signifies degree completion. The satin lining of the hood reflects Trinity’s school colors, purple and gold; the outer velvet lining signifies the type of degree the student receives. Students receiving B.S.N. degrees receive hoods that are apricot velvet. NO items (medals, sashes, cords, decorations, etc.) may appear on any part of the regalia other than those approved by Trinity.

Academic regalia will be available for purchase at the Trinity Bookstore according to the schedule that the bookstore will post.

9. Rehearsal
You must attend graduation rehearsal at 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 16, if you intend to participate in Commencement. Prior to rehearsal, there will be a reception in Seymour Court at 5:00 p.m. for graduating students only.

Please do not bring children to rehearsal or the reception. Guests are not permitted to attend rehearsal or the reception.

If for some reason you cannot attend rehearsal, you must contact the Dean of Students at 202-884-9600 or commencement@trinitydc.edu

If you do not notify Dean Bowie of your inability to attend rehearsal, we will assume that you are not participating in Commencement and we will drop your name from the list.

10. Senior Luncheon
A longstanding Trinity Tradition, the Senior Luncheon is for undergraduate seniors in CAS, NHP and SPS to enjoy their final moments together. This luncheon takes place on Friday, May 18, at 12:30 pm in Alumnae Hall. Seniors traditionally dress nicely for this elegant occasion, announce their Class Gift to Trinity, and toast their success.

11. Baccalaureate Mass
Also a longstanding Trinity tradition, the Baccalaureate Mass is a spiritual moment that begins the final series of events leading to graduation. The Mass takes place on Friday, May 17, at 11:00 a.m.

10:30 am before Mass:  Seniors participating in the Baccalaureate Mass should come directly to Notre Dame Chapel. Seniors do not wear academic regalia for mass and there will not be a procession.

12. Commencement
Commencement is on Saturday, May 18, at 4:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. before Commencement: NHP seniors report to Rose Parlor with your full regalia, including cap and gown, black tassel, stock and hood. Please dress appropriately; you should wear black shoes. NO items (medals, sashes, cords, decorations, etc.) may appear on any part of the regalia other than those approved by Trinity.

During the hour before Commencement, your class will have a group photo taken on the front steps.

13. Guests
Your families and friends are welcome to attend these events:

  • Baccalaureate Mass (arrive by 10:45 a.m.)
  • Senior Luncheon:  Members of your family are welcome to attend the Senior Luncheon. You must pay $10 in advance for tickets for each of your guests by Monday, May 6. You can pay online with a credit card or you may purchase tickets from Dean Michele Bowie, Main 223, by check payable to Trinity or with cash.
  • Commencement (with limitations if it rains)
    (guests should arrive by 3:00 p.m.)

While we are happy to welcome all guests, we ask everyone to be courteous and considerate of others in the number of guests and their conduct during these ceremonies. We ask your cooperation in maintaining a reasonable guest group size for these events, with “reasonable guest group size” being no more than 20. All guests should be appropriately dressed and refrain from loud celebrations during the ceremony.

In the event of rain, the Commencement ceremony will be indoors and tickets will be required for guest admission to the ceremony. Each graduate will receive six rain tickets for the rain ceremony. No exceptions are possible to this limitation.

School of Professional Studies

Congratulations to Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree candidates in the School of Professional Studies! This page provides specific instructions to assist you with planning and attendance during the various events for Commencement.

You are responsible to read and follow all Commencement directions.

1. Schedule
Please see the Master Schedule of Events for Commencement.

2. Checklist
Please see the Commencement Checklist which is your guide to essential tasks you must fulfill in order to graduate.

3. Announcements
10 Commencement announcements will be mailed to you the week of April 23.

4. Graduation Survey
Please complete the Graduation Survey online.

5. Requirements
You are responsible to meet with your academic advisor to be sure that you have fulfilled all of your requirements for graduation. You and your advisor should complete the Graduation Verification Checklist to be sure you have met all requirements.

6. Short Credits
Undergraduate students who are within six credits of the 128 credits required for the bachelor’s degree may wear the black academic robe and mortarboard, but not the hood that signifies degree completion. These students may march in the academic procession. However, their names are not in the program nor are these names called during the graduation ceremony. No exceptions.

7. Payments
By April 30 students must settle all financial accounts, including student loan counseling as well as the master account balances, to Trinity’s satisfaction in order to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Students with outstanding balances after April 30 will NOT be listed in the program nor may they participate in the ceremony.

8. Regalia
Regalia includes the mortarboard (cap), black tassel and black undergraduate gown, as well as the academic hood that signifies degree completion. The satin lining of the hood reflects Trinity’s school colors, purple and gold; the outer velvet lining signifies the type of degree the student receives. Students receiving B.A. degrees receive hoods that have white velvet and students receiving B.S. degrees receive hoods that have yellow velvet. Students receiving A.A. degrees do not wear hoods.

Graduate students receive master’s degree robes that have longer sleeves. Master’s hoods in SPS include white velvet for the M.A., yellow for the M.S.A., and tan for the M.B.A.

NO items (medals, sashes, cords, decorations, etc.) may appear on any part of the regalia other than those approved by Trinity.

Academic regalia will be available for purchase at the Trinity Bookstore on a schedule to be posted by the bookstore.

9. Rehearsal
You must attend graduation rehearsal at 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 16, if you intend to participate in Commencement. Prior to rehearsal, there will be a reception in Seymour Court at 5:00 p.m. for graduating students only.

Please do not bring children to rehearsal or the reception. Guests are not permitted to attend rehearsal or the reception.

If for some reason you cannot attend rehearsal, you must contact the Dean of Students at 202-884-9600 or commencement@trinitydc.edu If you do not notify Dean Bowie of your inability to attend rehearsal, we will assume that you are not participating in Commencement and we will drop your name from the list.

10. Senior Luncheon
A longstanding Trinity tradition, the senior luncheon is for undergraduate seniors in CAS, NHP and SPS to enjoy their final moments together. This luncheon takes place on Friday, May 17, at 12:15 pm in Alumnae Hall. Seniors traditionally dress nicely for this elegant occasion.

11. Baccalaureate Mass
Also a longstanding Trinity tradition, the Baccalaureate Mass is a spiritual moment that begins the final series of events leading to graduation. The Mass takes place on Friday, May 17, at 11:00 a.m.

While the title of this traditional event is “Baccalaureate” Mass, master’s degree candidates are also welcome to attend.

10:30 am before Mass:  Graduates participating in the Baccalaureate Mass should come directly to Notre Dame Chapel. Graduates do not wear academic regalia for mass and there will not be a procession.

12. Commencement
Commencement is on Saturday, May 18, at 4:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. before Commencement: SPS associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates report to Social Hall with your full regalia including cap, black tassel, gown and hood. Please dress appropriately; you should wear black shoes. NO items (medals, sashes, cords, decorations, etc.) may appear on any part of the regalia other than those approved by Trinity.

During the hour before Commencement, we will take group photos on the front steps of Main.

13. Guests
Your families and friends are welcome to attend these events:

  • Baccalaureate Mass (arrive by 10:45 a.m.)
  • Senior Luncheon:  The Senior Luncheon is for undergraduate seniors. If you are an undergraduate senior, members of your family are welcome to attend the Senior Luncheon. You must pay $10 in advance for tickets for each of your guests by Monday, May 6. You can pay online with a credit card or you may purchase tickets from Dean Michele Bowie, Main 223, by check payable to Trinity or with cash.
  • Commencement (with limitations if it rains) (guests should arrive by 3:00 p.m.)

While we are happy to welcome all guests, we ask everyone to be courteous and considerate of others in the number of guests and their conduct during these ceremonies. We ask your cooperation in maintaining a reasonable guest group size for these events, with “reasonable guest group size” being no more than 20. All guests should be appropriately dressed and refrain from loud celebrations during the ceremony.

In the event of rain, the Commencement ceremony will be indoors and tickets will be required for guest admission to the ceremony. Each graduate will receive six rain tickets for the rain ceremony. No exceptions are possible to this limitation.

School of Education

Congratulations to Master’s degree candidates in the School of Education! This page provides specific instructions to assist you with planning and attendance during the various events for Commencement.

You are responsible to read and follow all Commencement directions.

1. Schedule
Please see the Master Schedule of Events for Commencement.

2. Checklist
Please see the Commencement Checklist which is your guide to essential tasks you must fulfill in order to graduate.

3. Announcements
10 Commencement announcements will be mailed to you the week of April 22.

4. Graduation Survey
Please complete the Graduation Survey online.

5. Requirements
You are responsible to meet with your academic advisor to be sure that you have fulfilled all of your requirements for graduation. Students who do not meet ALL requirements cannot participate in the graduation ceremony.

6. Payments
By April 30 students must settle all financial accounts, including student loan counseling as well as the master account balances, to Trinity’s satisfaction in order to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Students with outstanding balances after April 30 will NOT be listed in the program nor may they participate in the ceremony.

7. Regalia
Regalia includes the mortarboard (cap), black tassel and black master’s gown, as well as the academic hood that signifies degree completion. The satin lining of the hood reflects Trinity’s school colors, purple and gold; the outer velvet lining signifies the type of degree the student receives. Master’s hoods in EDU include white velvet for the M.A. (counseling) and M.A.T. (special education, elementary, secondary, early childhood and TESOL receiving the M.A.T.), goldenrod (dark yellow) velvet for the M.S.A. degree (educational leadership) and light blue velvet for the M.Ed.

NO items (medals, sashes, cords, decorations, etc.) may appear on any part of the regalia other than those approved by Trinity.

Academic regalia will be available for purchase at the Trinity Bookstore on a schedule to be posted by the bookstore.

8. Rehearsal
You must attend graduation rehearsal at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, if you intend to participate in Commencement. Prior to rehearsal, there will be a reception in Seymour Court at 5:00 p.m. for graduating students only.

Please do not bring children to rehearsal or the reception. Guests are not permitted to attend rehearsal or the reception.

If for some reason you cannot attend rehearsal, you must contact the Dean of Students at 202-884-9600 or commencement@trinitydc.edu If you do not notify Dean Bowie of your inability to attend Rehearsal, we will assume that you are not participating in Commencement and we will drop your name from the list.

9. Baccalaureate Mass
Also a longstanding Trinity tradition, the Baccalaureate Mass is a spiritual moment that begins the final series of events leading to graduation. The Mass takes place on Friday, May 17, at 11:00 a.m.

While the title of this traditional event is “Baccalaureate Mass”, master’s degree candidates are also welcome to attend.

10:30 am before Mass:  Graduates participating in the Baccalaureate Mass should come directly to Notre Dame Chapel. Graduates do not wear academic regalia for mass and there will not be a procession.

10. Commencement
Commencement is on Saturday, May 18, at 4:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. before Commencement: EDU master’s degree candidates report to Main 100 with your full regalia including cap, black tassel, gown and hood. Please dress appropriately; you should wear black shoes. NO items (medals, sashes, cords, decorations, etc.) may appear on any part of the regalia other than those approved by Trinity.

During the hour before Commencement, we will take group photos on the front steps of Main.

11. Guests
Your families and friends are welcome to attend these events:

  • Baccalaureate Mass (arrive by 10:45 a.m.)
  • Commencement (with limitations if it rains)
    (guests should arrive by 3:00 p.m.)

While we are happy to welcome all guests, we ask everyone to be courteous and considerate of others in the number of guests and their conduct during these ceremonies. We ask your cooperation in maintaining a reasonable guest group size for these events, with “reasonable guest group size” being no more than 20. All guests should be appropriately dressed and refrain from loud celebrations during the ceremony.

In the event of rain, the Commencement ceremony will be indoors and tickets will be required for guest admission to the ceremony. Each graduate will receive six rain tickets for the rain ceremony. No exceptions are possible to this limitation.


For more information about Graduation, students should contact Dean Meechie Bowie at 202-884-9611 or via e-mail at commencement@trinitydc.edu. For media inquiries, contact Ann Pauley, Media Relations, at 202-884-9725 or pauleya@trinitydc.edu.

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