Below are some frequently asked questions about Commencement. Click the plus symbol to read the answer for each question.

Commencement FAQ

Baccalaureate will take place on the Main Quad at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 20. It is in-person for students, faculty, and staff, and will be live-streamed for families.

Approximately one and one half hour. For an idea of how the ceremony is organized, see the 2019 Commencement Program

Yes. Students are required to register whether they will attend or not. More information about registration will be available in April.

No. Each guest must register themselves. More information about registration will be available in April.

Graduating students will be assigned to a ceremony based on campus residence location. Those who live in Clemens Hall, Crescent Street Townhouses, Funston Hall, Jackson Hall, Smith Hall, Stowe Hall, and Summit Suites will graduate in the morning ceremony. Students who live in Goodwin-Woodward Hall, Hansen Hall, High Rise Hall, Jarvis Hall, North Campus Hall, Northam Towers, Ogilby Hall, and Vernon Place, those who live off-campus, IDP students, and graduate students will be celebrated at the afternoon ceremony.

In order to safely host an in-person Commencement seating will be limited to two guests per graduate. Guests will be required to register and provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result. More information about registering and submitting  COVID-19 documents will be posted here in April.

Yes. Seating will be limited to two guests per graduate. Guests will be required to register and provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result. More information about registering and submitting  COVID-19 documents will be posted here in April.

Guests who travel to campus from out of state will be expected to adhere to Connecticut’s COVID-19 travel policies.

Yes. Both Commencement ceremonies will be live streamed. Live video of both Commencement ceremonies will be available online beginning at one half hour before start time. Check our website or our YouTube channel for the live broadcast.

Please send the following information​ to Katherine Clair, international student advisor, at katherine.clair@trincoll.edu: names of family members, their relationship to the student, approximate dates of travel, home country, and where they will stay while in the United States​.

If severe weather prevents an outdoor ceremony, we will move to a virtual event. Our standard alternate site, the Koeppel Community Sport Center, does not allow for adequate physical distancing. The virtual ceremony will be held Sunday, May 23, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.

If changes are required due to extreme weather conditions, details will be communicated by 7:00 a.m. on Friday. There will be a broadcast email to the campus community, and a notice on www.trincoll.edu.

A limited number of accessible parking passes are available for guests with mobility impairments and are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Your guest should request accessible parking when they register for Commencement in early April.

Guests will have assigned seats on the Main Quad. If wheelchair seating is required it should be requested upon registration.

There are a number of places in the Hartford area that offer wheelchair rentals, and you can find them using an Internet search engine or the Hartford Yellow Pages. In the past, people have been referred to Suburban Pharmacy on North 344 Main Street in West Hartford. You can contact them at 860-236-3564. Trinity College does not endorse or recommend the use of one rental place over another.

Personalized graduation announcements can be purchased through Balfour. ​You can place your order by calling 1 (877) Balfour or going online​. Please note: these are the only personalized graduation announcements authorized by Trinity.

You will pick up your cap and gown at Grad Fest, Tuesday, May 18, 2021. A cap and gown fee will be added to your April billing statement from the college.

GradImages​ has been retained by the college to photograph the graduates as they cross the stage and after they walk off the platform. Graduates will receive proofs via email a few days after the ceremony and can purchase photos at that time.

You will receive your diploma in the mail approximately six to eight weeks after Commencement. You will have an opportunity to confirm your mailing address when you register for Commencement in early April.

A translation of the diploma can be found here​.

Latin honors are determined after all grades have been submitted and finalized. Students can monitor their cumulative grade point average online. Degrees are conferred with honors based on the student’s final cumulative grade-point average. Honors are conferred as follows:

  • summa cum laude—3.900 and higher
  • magna cum laude—3.800 to 3.899
  • cum laude—3.667 to 3.799

For information on the yearbook, please visit the Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership page here​.

​No. We cannot safely host any post-commencement celebrations on campus.

Students are expected to move out following the ceremony. Residence halls close on May 21st for all graduating seniors.

If you did not find the answers to your questions here, please email commencement@trincoll.edu or call 860-297-2336.