Ceremony Guidelines

Formal Wear

In-person ceremonies (undergraduates and graduate)
Graduates should be dressed appropriately.

In-person ceremonies (undergraduate)
At the football stadium, high heel shoes will not be permitted due to the dangerous nature of walking in them on turf. For the safety and comfort of the participants, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes (non-high heels) due to the amount of standing and walking the participants will do across many surfaces (concrete sidewalk, plastic gym floor covering, asphalt roadway, concrete steps, rubber track, artificial turf, stage, grass) throughout the event. Our turf manufacturer recommends against wearing high heels as they have experiences in other facilities where heels dug into through the infill and punctured the turf backing. You will not be allowed on the field for the ceremony if you do not have appropriate footwear. 

Personal Items

In-person ceremonies (undergraduate and graduate)
Graduates 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.

Line of March

In-person ceremonies (undergraduate and graduate)
The marshals will place candidates in the correct marching order and show them the route to the ceremony.  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. The distance between candidates should remain consistent and a sufficient pace maintained to prevent long gaps or jams from occurring in the line.

Regalia Information


The deadline for ordering regalia has passed. For questions about an order, contact the Trinity bookstore or Herff Jones directly at 800-837-4235 or hjcustomerservicedesk@herffjones.com.

Honor Stoles

In-person ceremony
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.


In-person ceremony
The commencement ceremony recognizes primarily academic achievements. Cords, stoles, and other adornments may be worn to indicate membership in any University-recognized or University-sponsored group. Adornments must be approved by the Commencement and Convocation Committee at least 4 weeks prior to the ceremony.

Non-approved adornments on the cap and gown may be removed by the University-appointed marshals on the day of commencement. This includes:

  • Decorative jewelry
  • Masking tape
  • Signs




Live-Stream Information


Tiger Network

All ceremonies will be live-streamed at live.trinity.edu at the start of the event in Central Standard Time. 

How to access: 
Visit live.trinity.edu on desktop, mobile, or the Tiger Network App on Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV

Each ceremony will be available to watch on-demand the same day. 

Internet Connection Speed:
If you're viewing the stream via live.trinity.edu, follow the system requirements for YouTube.

Virtual Participation

Changing to Virtual Participation

If you originally RSVP'd to participate in person but need to switch to virtual participation, please email echristo@trinity.edu as soon as possible.

Submit a Photo

All graduates not physically present at commencement are encouraged to submit a picture of themselves to be displayed as their names are called. This image will display on the LED screens at the ceremony and on the live-stream feed.

Share live.trinity.edu and #TrinityU2021

Share the live-stream information with family, friends, and on social media using the hashtag TrinityU2021

COVID-19 Protocols

Graduates for all commencement ceremonies are required to follow the University's ProtecTU guidelines. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our top priority. 

Masks are required
indoors and outdoors

6ft social distancing
indoors and outdoors

Non-ticketed guests are prohibited from campus


Graduates are required to keep their masks on during the ceremony, except for pictures. Ticket holders are required to wear a mask at all times.

Symptom Checking

All graduates are required to show their green badge from the ProtecTU HealthCheck app. Learn more about the ProtecTU health app and protocols.

Ticket holders
Ticket holders are encouraged to check for symptoms. If you have experienced or are experiencing any of the following, please help us to protect our community by staying home and watching the ceremonies virtually on the Tiger Network at live.trinity.edu.

  • Diagnosis of COVID-19 in the prior 14 days
  • Living with someone diagnosed with Covid-19 in the prior 14 days
  • Unprotected contact with anyone diagnosed with Covid-19 in the prior 14 days
  • Any of these symptoms in the prior 72 hours
    • Fever (greater than 37.8 degrees Celsius / 100 degrees Fahrenheit)
    • Chills or shivering/shakes
    • Sore throat
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Unexplained muscle aches
    • New cough
    • Loss of senses of smell or taste
    • Runny or congested nose, different from pre-existing allergies
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea (three or more loose stools in 24 hours)
    • Eye redness +/- discharge ("pink eye")
    • Feeling unusually weak or fatigued
    • New headaches
Social Distancing

Students, faculty, and staff will be lined up and moved in and out of both Laurie Auditorium and the Trinity University Stadium in a socially distanced manner.

Ticket Holders
Assigned seating for guests in both Laurie Auditorium and the Trinity University Stadium will be socially distanced. 

After the Ceremony
Graduates and guests are strongly encouraged to move from the ceremony site and not congregate in groups. You may move to upper campus to take photos or leave the campus to enjoy all that San Antonio has to offer.  

Non-Ticketed Guests

Non-ticketed guests are prohibited from campus. Please be prepared to show your Trinity ID or ticket at the ceremony. Failure to present your Trinity ID or ticket will result in a request by TUPD for you to vacate the campus immediately. 

COVID-19 Questions

For questions about ProtecTU and other Covid-19 related policies at Trinity for this event, please email nervecenter@trinity.edu.