Schedule of Events

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018

Throughout the Day
Explore Hartford
11:30 a.m. - noon
The Trinity College Chapel Singers Concert
The Chapel

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Luncheon  and Ceremony
Mather Hall, Washington​ Room
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. 

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Inaugural Parents Senior Tribute Gift Brick Ceremony and Reception with President Joanne Berger-Sweeney
Top of the Lower Long Walk (near the Raether Library and Cinestudio)
(Rain Location: Raether Library and Information Technology Center, Englehardt Room)
The 2018 Parents Senior Tribute Gift Committee is excited to begin a new tradition with the Class of 2018, a Senior Tribute Gift Campaign that gives parents and families a way to make a lasting and meaningful difference at the college in honor of their graduating students.  To honor all of our seniors, every graduate will have his or her name engraved on a brick that will last in perpetuity at the college. Gather at the top of the Lower Long Walk with your senior for the inaugural brick unveiling ceremony and reception with light refreshments.    

2018 Parents Senior Tribute Gift​​

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Chapel
A joyous occasion to honor student scholars in community with family and friends. The service includes a music program, a time for thanksgiving, and an address by faculty speaker Joan D. Hedrick, Charles A. Dana Professor of History. Professor Hedrick has been a Trinity College faculty member since 1980 and will retire this spring. She founded the Trinity Women's Studies Program in the 1980s and worked with faculty to reconfigure it as the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program. Professor Hedrick’s book, Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life, won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1995.​

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Reception for International Students and Families
Admissions and Career Development Center, Grand Room
​6:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Roman Catholic Vigil Mass

The Chapel

SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018

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
(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 (Processional Guide​)​
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.
192nd 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 College Celebration and Departmental Celebrations

Soccer practice field (down the hill from the Chapel), rain or shine
Join President Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Board of Trustees members, and current faculty and staff in the College tent. Enjoy music and conversation with professors and administrators, have your picture taken with your classmates and the Bantam in the photo booth, and more. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. For those interested, individual tent rentals will also be available​.  
English Department, Admissions and Career Development Center, Grand Room
IDPA, tent on the soccer practice field
Multicultural Affairs, Cultural Houses


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