Winter Graduation – January 2022

Watch Winter Graduation!

Professional & Graduate Studies

Nursing & Health Professions

College of Arts & Sciences

Congratulations Trinity Seniors and Graduate Students

You have been working hard on your associate, bachelor, or master’s degrees, and have looked forward to this moment in your educational journey for a very long time!  Sadly, due to the pandemic, we cannot have a “live” commencement ceremony — but we plan to do so in the future when we can more safely convene large events.  Meanwhile, as we learned last year, virtual ceremonies can be very meaningful, intimate, and festive. I hope you will join us!  

This year’s Winter Graduation, which will take place virtually on January 12, 13, and 14, 2022, for those students who complete their degrees in August and December.  An email will be sent to all students who have applied for Winter Graduation and/or are completing (or have completed) your requirements for graduation on Monday, November 29, 2021.  In addition to the Virtual Graduation in January, you are invited to participate in person for May Commencement – May 19, 20 and 21st.  Please use the RSVP form to indicate your intentions for participation.

Winter Graduation Virtual Event Schedule

Wednesday, January 12: 6:00 PM School of Professional and Graduate Studies (PGS) – Includes: SPS, BGS, EDU

Thursday, January 13: 6:00 PM School of Nursing and Health Professions (NHP)

Friday, January 14: 11:00 AM College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)


Please complete the RSVP form for January graduation and May Commencement so that we can properly plan for your inclusion in all events.  Please submit the RSVP form no later than Friday, January 7, 2022.


  • Every student who has completed degree requirements is welcome to participate! After January 1st we will send you the Zoom link that is designated for your specific graduation ceremony.
  • Families are welcome to attend the ceremony online with special directions that we will send along with your designated Zoom link.
  • President McGuire, Provost Ocampo, faculty, deans, and advisors will participate in the virtual graduations.  The president, provost, faculty, and deans will wear regalia. There will be some words of encouragement, formal reading of each student’s name, AND the best part….
  • YOU will have an opportunity to say a few words as part of the celebration. We will take screenshots of the graduating groups all assembled for the celebration as well as record each session. These recordings will be converted into a Winter Graduation Video.
  • At the end of the celebration, President McGuire will confer your degree formally and Enrollment Services will mail your diploma.

Regalia is available for purchase at the Trinity Washington University bookstore located in the Main Hall basement, beginning Tuesday, January 4, 2022, through January 13, 2022, during regular bookstore hours. Regalia is optional but encouraged for the virtual ceremonies.  The cost for regalia, including the cap, gown, and black tassel will be $30.00 for undergraduates and $40.00 for graduate students.    The Academic gown, cap, and tassel for graduation are all black.  You can separately purchase a tassel with your class color and year designate, but the tassel you receive as part of the official regalia is all black.

Hood Distribution
Once your degree requirements are confirmed, you will be eligible to pick up your Academic Hood.  The Academic Hood is an additional part of the Graduation regalia that is worn around your neck and drapes over your shoulders and down your back. It features a satin lining in purple and gold and will have a velvet edge representing your degree.  The academic hood is to be worn at your graduation.
Hood Distribution is available as follows:
Thursday, January 6 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm in Main Hall Basement, outside the bookstore
Friday, January 7 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm, Main Hall Basement, outside the bookstore
Monday, January 10 from 9:00am – 5:00pm in Main Hall 223
Tuesday, January 11 from 900am – 5:00pm in Main Hall 223


Please review all information about the completion of your academic requirements, meeting your financial obligations, and Winter Graduation instructions. In order to ensure a joyful Winter Graduation, we ask you to take care of your academic and financial obligations well in advance.  Please see the Winter Graduation Checklist for details and deadlines.

Alumnae/i Community

Once you have graduated in December, you automatically become a member of the Trinity Alumnae/i Community for life, no membership needed! Make sure to provide the Office of Alumnae/i Relations with your updated email address and follow their social media pages so you can stay up to date with all things Trinity after graduation! Being a part of the Alumnae/i Association provides you with benefits, access to Trinity resources, and events. Explore the website to learn more.

Graduation Survey

Please take a few minutes to fill out the Graduation Survey to give us important feedback on your Trinity experience and your future plans.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Dean Meechie Bowie, Dean of Students at, Main Hall 223 or 202-884-9611.