Letter to the Senior Class from the Dean of Students

September 5, 2008

Dear Trinity Senior:

The college is preparing to formally welcome the Blue class of 2009 to senior status during Cap and Gown Weekend September 27 –28, 2008. Please note that only seniors in good standing are eligible to participate in the Cap and Gown Ceremony. Students on probation will be considered ineligible. If you are uncertain of your academic status or eligibility to participate, please contact Enrollment Services.

On Friday, September 26, 2008, seniors should come to rehearsal at 5:30 p.m. in O’Connor Auditorium. The yearbook staff has arranged to have a photographer from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for senior portraits in the Rose Parlor. This means that you should bring your cap and gown with you to Trinity on Friday if you wish to take senior portraits.

On Saturday, September 27, 2008, the Cap and Gown Convocation will begin at 5:00 p.m. in Notre Dame Chapel. Robing for the seniors will take place at 4:30 p.m. in O’Connor Auditorium.  There will be a President’s Reception immediately following the Convocation in Social Hall.

Sunday’s activities begin with the Cap and Gown Mass at 10 a.m. in Notre Dame Chapel. The seniors will robe at 9:15 a.m. in O’Connor Auditorium. A brunch for seniors, their families, their guests, and faculty will be served in Alumnae Hall immediately after the Mass. The traditional courtyard sing begins at 12:30 p.m. and each class will gather on a designated side of Seymour Court and sing songs to the Senior Class. Families and friends are invited to enjoy the celebration.

RSVP forms for the President’s Reception on Saturday and the Senior Brunch on Sunday are enclosed and should be returned to Main 125 by Wednesday, September 24, 2008. The cost of Brunch for guests is $10 per person and payment should be brought to the Dean of Student Services Offices, Main 125, with the reservation forms.

Caps and gowns must be purchased from the Bookstore. Sale dates for caps and gowns are as follows: Friday, September 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Monday, September 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $27.65 including cap, gown and a blue tassel for this special celebration.

I hope that you and your family will be able to join us for these very special occasions. If you have any questions concerning these events, please feel free to call my office (202) 884-9611. I look forward to celebrating with you. Congratulations!


Michele Bowie
Dean, Student Services