Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Throughout the Day

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Class of 2011 Studio Arts Annual
Widener Gallery, Austin Arts Center (studio arts majors)
Upper Level Gallery Space, Austin Arts Center (studio arts minor)

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

12:00 - 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 12:50 p.m.

12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Sneak Preview: Audubon's Birds of America
Watkinson Library, Raether Library and Information Technology Center

John James Audubon (1785–1851) was born in Saint Domingue (Haiti), raised in France, and sent to America in 1803 by his father to avoid conscription into Napoleon’s army.  A self-taught artist and naturalist of prodigious energy, he pursued his dream to produce the Birds of America for almost twenty years. Audubon insisted that the birds be pictured life-size, but no American publisher or engraver would make the attempt.  The complete set of 435 hand-colored engravings, often bound in four volumes, was therefore produced in England between 1826 and 1839.  Only 119 complete sets survive today, worldwide. The copy here displayed was owned by Robert Havell, the engraver.  By 1882 it was in the possession of Dr. Gurdon W. Russell (Class of 1834), who eventually gave it to Trinity College in the summer of 1900.

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 the class and the College, and our outstanding speaker this year is Ambassador Michael A. Battle ’73, United States Ambassador to the African Union. Prior to his appointment by President Obama, Ambassador Battle served as President of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and before that in leadership at Chicago State University, Virginia State University, and Hampton University. An alumnus of Trinity College, Ambassador Battle earned the Master of Divinity degree from Duke University, and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Howard University. A former pastor to The Hampton University Memorial Church and an executive leader for the national largest interdenominational conference among African American clergy, Ambassador Battle also served for 20 years as a Chaplain in the United States Army Reserve, retiring with military honors and the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1997.  Arriving early is advised since seating is limited.

5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Reception for the Class of 2011 and their families
The President’s House, 133 Vernon Street

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

Sunday, May 22, 2011
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
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
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.
185th Commencement Ceremony
The Quadrangle
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.

1:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Post-Commencement Celebration
Soccer Fields

College Reception
Under the Tent, Soccer Fields
President James F. Jones, Jr., Board of Trustees members, and current faculty 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
A tent map will be posted the week of May 16. Please click here.

For additional questions, please call (860) 297-4133 or e-mail