Commencement Weekend
May 8 - 10, 2015

Commencement Instructions

When and where to line up

Please assemble no later than 8:15 a.m. along the bays at the American Tobacco Campus. Degree candidates from Trinity will begin lining up near Tyler's Taproom, and degree candidates from the graduate and professional schools will begin lining up near the Strickland Building. Late arrivals may not be able to march with fellow graduates.

CLICK HERE to view a map of the line-up area.

How to get there

Please visit the parking and transportation page for a full list of proximate parking lots.

Buses will be available to and from the DBAP on commencement day. Pick-ups are at the East Campus bus stop and Wannamaker/Towerview traffic circle. These buses will run from approximately 7 – 9 a.m. before commencement and from 11 – 1 p.m. after commencement.

Shuttles will also be available after commencement from the DBAP to near the Durham Convention Center, Armory, and 21C. Shuttles will run from approximately 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Anyone planning to ride the shuttle should sign up in advance by completing this online form:

CLICK HERE to register for shuttle service.

EAST CAMPUS SCHEDULE
Before Commencement
Pick-up location: East Campus Bus Stop
Timing: Between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m., approximately every 15 minutes
Drop-off location: DBAP, near South/Orange Deck

After Commencement
Pick-up location: DBAP, near South/Orange Deck
Timing: Between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., approximately every 15 minutes
Drop-off location: East Campus Quad

Recommended Parking
East Campus
[Map]

 

WANNAMAKER & TOWERVIEW CIRCLE SCHEDULE
Before Commencement
Pick-up location: Wannamaker & Towerview Circle
Timing: Between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m., approximately every 15 minutes
Drop-off location: DBAP, near South/Orange Deck

After Commencement
Pick-up location: DBAP, near South/Orange Deck
Timing: Between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., approximately every 15 minutes
Drop-off location: Wannamaker & Towerview Drive Circle

Recommended Parking
Blue Zone & Edens
[Map]
 

DOWNTOWN LOOP
After Commencement through 2:30 p.m.
Pick-up location: DBAP, on Blackwell Street
Timing: Between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., approximately every 15 minutes
Drop-off location: Foster Street, near Durham Convention Center, 21C, and Durham Armory

Processional Instructions

At 8:40 a.m., the procession will begin to move toward Jackie Robinson and will proceed east down the street. Once the procession begins, follow the person in front of you and stay in your original column. Please walk briskly and make sure there are no gaps in the line in front of you. You will be seated on the field according to school and degree. Students who wish to sit together should line up behind the other for the march.

When you reach the row to which you are directed, please walk to the end of the aisle quickly to find a seat. There will be a stack of programs on the end seat of each row, and the candidate occupying that seat should pass the stack of programs along the row. Please remain standing until the members of the platform party are seated after the National Anthem and the Invocation.

What not to bring

No food, drink (other than water), smoking or chewing gum allowed in the line-up area. Backpacks and oversized purses that do not fit underneath gowns will be confiscated and held until the end of the ceremony.

What to wear

Please dress in academic apparel (cap, gown and hood). Academic caps are worn during the procession. Men remove their caps for the National Anthem and the Invocation and replace them for the conferring of degrees. Women keep their caps in place during the entire ceremony. The tassel of the academic cap is worn always on the left and front side.

Please be mindful of the temperature when deciding what to wear under your gown, as there is no shade on the field. Low heels or flats are most appropriate for navigating the procession. Spiked heels are not permitted onto the ballpark field.

Recessional Instructions

When the ceremony is concluded and members of the faculty and administration have departed, recess from the seating area to outside the ballpark via the pathway you entered. (Graduates are not allowed on the outfield).
Please remain at your seat until a marshal releases your row. Once outside the ballpark, you may meet your family members and guests.