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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 aminney2@capital.edu.

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    Commencement Speaker
    The Rev. Dr. Laura Barbins
    Bishop, Northeastern Ohio Synod, ELCA

    Schedule

    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 22nd
    09:30 am – Musicians Warm-up
    11:00 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 – Procession
    02:00 pm – Commencement Ceremony (Mees Hall)

    Luncheon

    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.


    For Graduating Students:
    For Parents and Families:

    Graduating Students

    Application for Graduation

    If you are planning to graduate in May 2021 and participate in the commencement ceremony, please fill out the application for graduation.

    Graduation Requirements

    All prospective graduates will be required to complete the following:

    • Application for graduation received by registrar
    • Required coursework
    • Incompletes
    • Official transcripts
    • Any other material related to completion of the degree.

    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.

    Ceremony Information

    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.

    Hoods, Gowns, and Barnes & Noble Bookstore

    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.


    Parents and Families

  • Directions
    • From Port Columbus International Airport
      1. Capital is within a short flight of many major U.S. cities. Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, Washington, D.C., and New York City are all within 90 minutes of Columbus, Ohio. The campus is approximately a 15-minute drive from Port Columbus.
      2. At the end of the airport's main drive, turn left (south) onto Stelzer Road.
      3. Follow Stelzer (which will change names and become James Road) approximately 2.5 miles to Main Street.
      4. Turn right on Main Street.
      5. Travel approximately 1 mile to Pleasant Ridge Avenue.
      6. Turn left on Pleasant Ridge Avenue. 
    • From the Northwest
      1. Travel south on I-75 to Route 23.
      2. Follow Route 23 into Columbus and take I-270 east to I-71 South
      3. Travel south on I-71 to the Broad Street exit.
      4. Turn east (driving away from downtown) onto Broad Street and drive 2.5 miles to Drexel Avenue in Bexley.
      5. Turn right onto Drexel Avenue and continue south until Drexel ends in front of the campus at Main Street.
      6. Turn left (east) onto Main Street.
      7. At the next light, Pleasant Ridge Avenue, turn right (south).
    • From the East
      1. Travel west on I-70 to the Livingston Avenue exit.
      2. Turn left (west) on Livingston Avenue.
      3. Turn right (north) at the first traffic light onto Alum Creek Drive.
      4. When Alum Creek dead ends in front of the Kroger store, turn right (east) on Main Street.
      5. At the fourth traffic light, turn right (south) on Pleasant Ridge Avenue.
    • From the West
      1. Travel east on I-70 to the Bexley/Main Street exit.
      2. Exit at Bexley/Main Street. The exit ramp automatically turns onto Alum Creek Drive, which will dead end at Main Street (in front of the Kroger store).
      3. Turn right (east) on Main Street.
      4. At the fourth traffic light, turn right (south) on Pleasant Ridge Avenue.
    • From the North or South
      1. Travel I-71 to the Broad Street exit.
      2. Turn east (driving away from downtown) onto Broad Street and drive 2.5 miles to Drexel Avenue in Bexley.
      3. Turn right onto Drexel Avenue and continue south until Drexel ends in front of the campus at Main Street.
      4. Turn left (east) onto Main Street.
      5. At the next light, Pleasant Ridge Avenue, turn right (south).
  • Parking

    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.