Schedule of Events

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015
Throughout the Day
Explore Hartford
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Trinity College Chapel Singers Concert
The Chapel
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 2015 and their Families
The President’s House, 133 Vernon Street

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

SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2015
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.
189th 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 Joanne Berger-Sweeney, 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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