Schedule of Events

SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014
Throughout the Day 
Explore Hartford


11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Trinity College Chapel Singers Concert
The Chapel

12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Watkinson Library Exhibitions
Raether Library and Information Technology Center
Lucky 13!, a "baker's dozen" of student exhibitions in the Watkinson Library including Native American education movements, explorations of Latino identity through artists' books, 19th-century tourism in the Hudson Valley, the history of the Hartford Insane Asylum, and the works of Beatrix Potter. 

The so-called "2nd Folio" of Shakespeare's plays, acquired in 2012, which was published in 1632, nine years after the landmark "First Folio" of 1623 (in which eighteen of Shakespeare's plays were published for the first time). The 1632 edition bore over 1,200 corrections as well as the first published poem by John Milton.

The first edition (Brooklyn, 1855) of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, which the poet self-published (he also designed the binding and set some of the type). Just acquired, this literary landmark has been considered America's second Declaration of Independence, in terms of its radical break with European literary culture and distinctly American voice. 

John James Audubon's Birds of America (1826-39). Given in 1900, this is by far the most valuable book at Trinity. We began turning the page to a new bird every week in September 2011. We are halfway through Volume II, and will get through the entire 4-volume set sometime in 2019!

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Luncheon

Washington Room, Mather Hall, second floor
Members are elected from among those students who have achieved the highest general scholastic standing. Election to Phi Beta Kappa is widely regarded as a mark of highest distinction. The Trinity chapter, known as the Beta of Connecticut, was chartered by the Yale chapter, the Alpha of Connecticut, on June 16, 1845, and is the eighth oldest chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in the United States.  Each inductee may bring a maximum of four guests to the luncheon.  Additional guests may attend the initiation ceremony at approximately 1:15 p.m.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Chapel
The Baccalaureate service honors our graduating seniors and celebrates our community of learning. Students representing various faith traditions will offer their prayers for their class and the College. Arriving early is advised, since seating is limited.

5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Reception for the Class of 2014 and their Families
The President’s House, 133 Vernon Street

6:15 - 7:00 p.m.
Roman Catholic Vigil Mass
The Chapel

SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2014
9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
Service of Holy Communion
The Chapel

10:00 a.m.
Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Candidates Formation
Lower Long Walk, near Cinestudio download the Procession Guide
(extreme weather location: Koeppel Community Sports Center, 175 New Britain Avenue)
Wearing academic regalia (caps and gowns), bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates assemble on the Lower Long Walk near Cinestudio for the processional to the Quadrangle.

10:50 a.m.
Academic Procession Begins
Long Walk
(extreme weather location: Koeppel Community Sports Center, 175 New Britain Avenue)
The tradition of stepping on The Luther-Roosevelt Long Walk Inscription in front of the Fuller Arch in Northam Towers for the first time on Commencement day continues.  Members of the Trinity community, as well as visitors, have generally avoided stepping on the inscription, perhaps instinctively aware that it is connected with some event in the College’s history.  The inscription in fact commemorates the visit in June 1918 of former President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt, who delivered an address and received an honorary degree at Commencement.

11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
188th Commencement Ceremony
The Quadrangle
(extreme weather location: Koeppel Community Sports Center, 175 New Britain Avenue)
Commencement is the central and most important event of the Trinity academic year.  The College faculty gathers together with the families and friends of the graduating class to celebrate their achievements in a ceremony that has endured for nearly two centuries. A live video will be available beginning at 10:30 a.m.

1:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Post-Commencement Celebrations
Soccer Fields
(rain or shine)

  •     College Reception
         Under the tent, soccer fields 
         President and Mrs. James F. Jones, Jr., Board of Trustees members, and current faculty and staff look forward 
         to  meeting your family and congratulating you in person.  A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. 
  •      Individual Receptions
          Under the tents, soccer fields

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