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Commencement | May 2017: Schedule

Commencement Schedule

Thursday, May 18

BGS, EDU, NHP and SPS Commencement Reception
Graduating Students from BGS, EDU, NHP and SPS Only, No Guests
Payden Academic Center lobby, 5:00pm

BGS, EDU, NHP and SPS Commencement Rehearsal
Attendance Required For BGS, EDU, NHP and SPS Graduates; No Guests 
Payden Academic Center 1st floor, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 19

Baccalaureate Mass
Notre Dame Chapel, 10:00 a.m.
Graduates arrive, 9:30 a.m.
Seniors do not wear academic regalia for mass and there will not be a procession.

Guests arrive, 9:45 a.m.

CAS Commencement Rehearsal. Attendance required for graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences. 
O’Connor Auditorium, 11:00 a.m.

Senior Luncheon
Bachelor’s Candidates Only

Alumnae Hall, 12:15 p.m.
Undergraduate seniors in CAS, NHP and SPS enjoy their final moments together at this luncheon. 

Saturday, May 20

Graduates Assemble for Robing, 9:00 a.m. locations as listed below:

  • Main Hall, O’Connor Auditorium
    College of Arts and Sciences, O’Connor Auditorium
  • Payden Academic Center
    School of Nursing and Health Professions
    School of Professional Studies
    Business and Graduate Studies
    School of Education

If you are graduating you must arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. to prepare for the ceremony. Please bring your regalia but please leave other large items home. Your guests may arrive later, but you need to be in Main Hall by 9 a.m. We require this because we need to make sure that we have the correct diploma for every single student in the correct order. If you are late or inattentive, this throws off the diploma count and then many students are inconvenienced. Please be considerate of your classmates by coming on time and following our directions.

Guests Arrive for Commencement 
Front Lawn between the Library and Notre Dame Chapel, in front of Main Hall on Trinity’s campus, 10:00 a.m.

We ask that guests NOT bring balloons or large displays for everyone’s enjoyment and safety, we ask that family celebrants not obstruct the views of others, everyone wants to see and have a good time. Cheering is allowed.

Front Lawn between the Library and Notre Dame Chapel, in front of Main Hall on Trinity’s campus, 11:00 a.m.


Tell Us Your News!
Please take a few minutes to fill out the online Graduation Survey.
Questions about Commencement?
Call the Dean of Students Office at 202-884-9611 or email
Commencement Photos
Commencement photos will be available to view and purchase on Friday, May 26.



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



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