Saturday, May 20, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The Chapel Singers in Concert
Founded in 1825, The Chapel Singers is Trinity College’s oldest student organization. The group sings at major college occasions, Chapel Services and concerts, makes recordings, and performs on tours. This short performance celebrates the choir’s graduating members and will feature a variety of repertoire from this academic year’s performances.
11:30 a.m. – 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 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
2023 Senior Parent Gift Committee Brick Dedication Ceremony and Reception with President Joanne Berger-Sweeney
Raether Library and Technology Center, Engelhard Reading Room
The 2023 Parents Senior Tribute Gift Campaign 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 brick unveiling ceremony and reception with light refreshments. Read more about the Senior Brick Dedication at 2023 Senior Parents Gift Committee.
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m
The Trinity College Baccalaureate seeks to honor our scholars in community—both students and faculty. This occasion of celebration reflects our academic environment, invites thanksgiving, and includes elements of the rich diversity of spiritual, religious, and ethical thinking embodied by our community. We welcome all students, faculty, and staff, as well as family, friends, and visitors.
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m
International Families Reception
The Office of International Students and Scholars and the Career & Life Design Center invite international families to celebrate their graduates! Please join us for an informal reception to honor the Class of 2023 and congratulate them on all of their achievements at Trinity. Refreshments will be served.
Sunday, May 21, 2023
Bachelor’s Degree Candidates Formation
Lower Long Walk, near Cinestudio
Wearing academic regalia (caps and gowns), bachelor’s degree candidates assemble on the Lower Long Walk near Cinestudio for the processional to the Quadrangle.
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.
The 197th Commencement Ceremony
The Main Quad
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 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Post-Commencement College Celebration
Jacobs Life Science Center Quad
Enjoy music and conversation with professors and administrators. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.
In addition to the College reception, tent rentals are available for private parties hosted by graduates and their families. Click the link below for more information.
2023 Post-Commencement Celebrations
Residential Communities Close
Residents must leave campus by 7:00 p.m. ID card access will be terminated from all buildings on campus at this time. Requests from students to remain on-campus beyond this date will not be approved.