How long is the Commencement ceremony?

Approximately two hours. For an idea of how the ceremony is organized, see the 2019 Commencement Program

How many people can I invite to the Commencement ceremony?

The Commencement ceremony will be held on the Main Quad, and graduates are not limited in the number of guests they can invite. Only in the case of extreme weather, defined as conditions that threaten personal safety (such as a severe thunderstorm), will the Commencement ceremony be held in the Koeppel Community Sports Center. If the Commencement ceremony is held inside, seating will be limited to four guests per graduate. Commencement extreme weather tickets will be distributed to degree candidates at the end of the spring semester.

Do my family and/or friends need tickets to attend the Commencement ceremony?

Not if the Commencement ceremony is held outside, on the Main Quad, as planned. Your family and friends only need tickets if the ceremony is held inside in the Koeppel Community Sports Center in the case of extreme weather. If the Commencement ceremony is held inside, seating will be limited to four guests per graduate. Commencement extreme weather tickets will be distributed to degree candidates at Grad Fest, Monday, May 11. ​

How and when will I know if the Commencement ceremony is being moved inside due to extreme weather?

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

If the Commencement ceremony is held inside, is there a place on campus where my relatives and friends can go if they do not have extreme weather tickets?

Yes. The following locations will be available for friends and family members who do not have extreme weather tickets to view the ceremony:

A live video of the Commencement ceremony will be available online beginning at 10:30 a.m. Check our website or our YouTube channel for the live broadcast.

My family is applying for a visa to attend the Commencement ceremony. How do I obtain a letter stating I am a candidate for graduation?

Please send the following information​ to Katherine Clair, international student advisor, at 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​.

Will there be food and beverages available after the Commencement ceremony?

​Yes. The college will host a post-commencement celebration reception on the field below the Chapel under a white tent. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

What are the hours of the College Bookstore during the weekend?

The Trinity College Bookstore sells clothing, including sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, and outerwear, as well as a selection of giftware, such as watches, clocks, pens, glassware, and various framed etchings and photographs of the college. The Bookstore’s hours are: Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Sunday: 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Where can I rent wheelchairs?

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.

I want to rent a tent, but I’m not sure what size to pick or where to get tables and chairs.

You do not need to decide on your tent size or tent accommodations when you submit your Individual Post-Commencement Gathering Agreement. After your agreement, rental/deposit fee, and certificate of insurance are received, the student and parent host will receive an email with the tent company’s contact information. The tent rental company will assist you in determining the appropriate tent size, number of tables, and number of chairs for a successful gathering.

How do I know where my tent will be set up?

The tent rental company will provide the college with a map of the assigned tents the week of May 11. This map will be forwarded to the parent and student hosts via email on Wednesday, May 13.

Will I get my tent security deposit back after Commencement?

Yes. Your security deposit will be fully refunded on or around June 30, provided the tent area is in generally good shape. This includes making sure no trash or personal items are left behind. Please remember that hosts of any post-Commencement gatherings will be held fully responsible for any loss or damage to the college or personal property caused by their actions or the actions of their guests.

Where do I order personalized graduation announcements to distribute to my family?

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.

How do I order the photos taken by the photographer on stage?

GradImages​ has been retained by the college to photograph the graduates as they receive their diplomas and after they walk off the platform. A couple of days after the graduation, you will receive proofs via email and you can purchase photos at that time.

Where do I find a translation of the diploma?

A translation of the diploma can be found here​.

How do I know if I’ve earned Latin Honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude)?

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

When will I get my yearbook? How do I order my senior portraits?

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

What if I have more questions?

If you do not find the answers to your questions on the web site, please contact the Office of College Events at, or 860.297.2336.