Inclusive senior ceremonies

Commencement is in every way the key moment of symbolic tradition in the life of a Trinity University student. Students from Trinity’s Latina/o, Black, and LGBTQ+ communities will gather in smaller ceremonies that honor their cultures and identities.  

“As minorities, we are always being fragmented and divided—by race, income, education, even body type—but this ceremony is a way for us to be united.”

Janet Muñoz ’18

Questions: For questions and additional details about each ceremony, please contact Courtney Balderas.

Lavender Ceremony 

Online event  |  Invitation Only  | Wednesday, May 19

Trinity established Lavender Graduation in 2019 to recognize graduating members of Trinity’s LGBTQ+ community. Graduating students celebrate in a small ceremony with their chosen families, where they receive lavender cords—a significant color to the LGBTQ+ community—to wear at the University’s commencement.

student carrying born this way banner on campus

Kente Ceremony

Online event  |  Invitation Only  | Friday, May 21

The Kente Ceremony honors Black graduating students in an intimate ceremony filled with family and friends. One by one, each senior is introduced by another honoree, who describes the student's proudest moments and accomplishments on campus. A loved one then bestows the graduating student with a woven Kente stole. The Kente Ceremony is hosted by the Black Student Union and derived from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Kente ceremony graduate hugs parent

De Colores Ceremony

Online event  |  Friday, May 21

The De Colores Ceremony, named for the Spanish term for “in colors,” is a unique celebration of Trinity’s graduating Latina/o seniors. Each graduating student can invite their family, friends, and countless members of the Trinity community who have helped them along the way. Each student chooses a loved one to present them with a colorful stole. 

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De Colores ceremony exchange

Baccalaureate Vespers Service

Online event  |  Friday, May 21

The Baccalaureate Service, dating back to Trinity's earliest Commencements ceremonies, is a time set aside the day before the conferral of the degrees for a service of inspiration, reflection, prayer, and blessing over the graduating class.

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Jamie Thompson speaks at a podium wearing regalia

International Engagement Ceremony

The Trinity Recognition for International Engagement ceremony honors both international students graduating from Trinity, as well as students who studied abroad during their time at the University. Students receive a stole that represents the country associated with their international experience.

  • This ceremony has been canceled.  


International engagement ceremony students pose for portrait