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Commencement at Trinity
We are excited to announce the 191st Commencement Ceremony will be in person this year! However, there will be several precautions to ensure the health and safety of our graduates, faculty, staff, and guests. Everyone must wear masks at all times, and there will be a limited number of attendees allowed to be present. Due to the limit, a synchronous screening for other family members and friends that wish to attend will be held in a separate room, Koinonia, which is on the ground floor of the seminary, and the ceremony will also be streamed online for people that would prefer to watch from home.
Trinity Lutheran Seminary’s Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 22nd in Mees Hall. There will be a rehearsal on May 21st at 3:00 pm for graduating students intending to walk. If you have any questions, contact A.J. Minney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commencement SpeakerThe Rev. Dr. Laura BarbinsBishop, Northeastern Ohio Synod, ELCA
Friday, May 21
09:00 am – Capstone Retreat (graduating M.Div students only)01:00 pm – Music rehearsal
02:00 pm – Eucharist Walkthrough (Gloria Dei)
03:00 pm – Ceremony Walkthrough (Mees Hall) Saturday, May 22nd09:30 am – Musicians Warm-up11:00 am – Holy Eucharist (Gloria Dei)12:00 pm – Luncheon (Meuser Courtyard)01:15 pm – Graduates change into gowns (Room 119)01:30 pm – Graduation Lineup (Flack-Fendt Hallway)01:45 pm – Procession02:00 pm – Commencement Ceremony (Mees Hall)
After Worship, there will be a break for lunch. The luncheon will be held outside in the Meuser Courtyard, and a boxed lunch will be available for purchase. Graduates, guests, and faculty will need to order ahead of time and can order here.
If you are planning to graduate in May 2021 and participate in the commencement ceremony, please fill out the application for graduation.
All prospective graduates will be required to complete the following:
Those that have completed the above requirements may receive their diplomas at the commencement ceremony. Students who complete degree requirements and graduated in summer or fall terms are also eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.
All bills and fees must be paid prior to graduation. If your account is not completely cleared by graduation, neither diplomas nor transcripts will be issued. Contact the Finance Office at 614-236-6216 if you have any questions.
Commencement Rehearsal: Rehearsal will be held Friday, May 21st at 12:00 pm in Gloria Dei Chapel. If you are planning to participate in the commencement on May 22nd, you must attend rehearsal on the 21st.
Commencement Ceremony: Graduate Lineup will be in Schenk Hall on Saturday, May 22nd before the ceremony begins. Once lined up properly, graduates will be given specific instructions regarding the processional and recessional, receiving the diplomas, etc. Each graduate is individually recognized as they cross the stage and will be provided with their diplomas in a padded envelope.
To order graduation gowns and caps, fill out our order form. Make sure to fill this form out as soon as possible. Hoods will be provided to you for the ceremony, so purchasing one is not necessary. However, if you wish to have your own hood to keep, you can choose the Master’s Bundle with the hood.
All faculty and staff should park behind public safety in the S6 lot the day of commencement.
Public Parking – All guests have access to all F and S parking lots on campus, but we suggest parking in the F7 and S8 lots for easy access to the Seminary. Please see map here (PDF).
Handicap Parking – There are several accessible parking spaces in the F7 and S8 lots and handicap access on the lower level of the seminary. There is also an elevator located down the hall on the left of the lower level.