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Trinity University will hold the Winter Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. in Laurie Auditorium.  The President’s reception will immediately follow the ceremony and will be held in the Great Hall.

Tickets are not required for guests at the commencement ceremony or for the President’s reception. 

Location & Arrival

  • B.A., B.M., and B.S. candidates will assemble in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall (DSB 114) no later than 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2019.  

​There is no rehearsal.  The marshals will give full instructions in the assembly rooms.

Students who are not in line by 9:15 a.m. will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

Regalia & Announcements

Students may order their cap and gown online at  http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/_trinity/  starting September 30, 2019 through November 1, 2019.  No orders will be taken after the November 1st deadline, students will have to come in the store starting November 11 to choose from a bulk if they did not place an online order. Sizes will be first come first serve.

Purchase price for Bachelor’s degree commencement apparel

  • $49.98 for the bachelor unit (cap, gown, tassel)

Beginning November 21, students who ordered online should pick up their regalia from the University Bookstore during regular business hours.  Check the bookstore website to confirm business hours.

Visit the Herff-Jones website http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/_trinity/ to order personalized commencement announcements and related items.

Payment will be required when placing your order.  Any questions, contact the Bookstore by phone, 210-999-7028 or e-mail, bookstore [at] trinity.edu.

  • Adornments – Cords, stoles, and other adornments may be worn to indicate membership in any University-recognized or University-sponsored group. All adornments worn during commencement must be in keeping with the dignified nature of the ceremony and must be approved by the Commencement and Convocation Committee at least 4 weeks prior to the ceremony. The commencement ceremony recognizes primarily academic achievements; additional cords, stoles or other adornments for University-recognized or University-sponsored non-academic groups should complement this primary focus, not compete with or detract from it. Non-approved adornments may be removed by the University-appointed marshals on the day of commencement. Items such as decorative jewelry, masking tape, and signs are not appropriate for the commencement ceremony and will not be permitted on the cap or gown.

Honors Stoles

Candidates who meet the University’s requirements to receive Latin honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude) will wear a stole symbolizing The President’s Award for Academic Excellence.  Stoles will be distributed during the check-in process on the morning of the ceremony.  

Line of March

The marshals will place candidates in correct marching order and show them the route to the Auditorium.  The marshal’s directions should be followed explicitly!  Candidates should not try to keep in step with the music; rather, they should walk evenly and slowly using short steps and staying in single file.  A double line of candidates will enter the auditorium and proceed simultaneously down the steps.  The distance between candidates should remain consistent and a sufficient pace maintained to prevent long gaps or jams from occurring in the line.


A professional photographer will photograph the degree candidates as they cross the platform.  The photographer will mail proofs to the permanent address of each student and will include instructions for ordering photographs.  The photographer also sells DVDs of the ceremony.  The photographer is not affiliated with Trinity University and will work directly with each student.

Photographer: Chuck Gibbons
Phone Number: 210-573-6869
E-mail Address: Chuck [at] gibbonsphotos.com
Web Address: http://www.gibbonsphotos.photoreflect.com


Official diplomas will be mailed to the address indicated by the candidate on the Application for Graduation (or the permanent address, if no address is indicated) approximately four to six weeks after the commencement ceremony.  If this information needs to be updated, please do so by contacting Eve Christoffersen in writing before December 13, 2019, in person, by e-mailing eve.christoffersen [at] trinity.edu, or by fax to 210-999-7202.

General Comment

The commencement ceremony is a traditional, formal exercise and as such should be conducted with dignity, splendor, and respect for fellow classmates and guests.  Candidates should be dressed appropriately and should leave purses and other valuables at home or with their guests—such items should not be carried in the processional or left in the assembly room.  The University is not responsible for items left unattended.