Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

2021 Commencement

Ceremony Schedules

To accommodate all graduates and guests, ceremonies will be divided by degree program. Please look closely at the following schedules for your specific ceremony. This schedule and using 60% capacity of the ATO Chapel is in compliance with the Bridge Phase of Illinois. If state guidelines change, we will adjust the schedule accordingly and notify students promptly of any changes. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Commencement Team at [email protected]

All 2020 grads were invited to participate in the spring 2021 ceremonies. The last day to RSVP for this event was March 31st. Please check your email for more details or contact [email protected] if you have any questions. 

For questions regarding academics, diplomas, etc, please contact Academic Records at 847.317.8050.

TEDS Ceremonies

Ceremony 1 | ATO Chapel, Friday May 14th, 10:00 a.m.

MA Biblical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Languages

MA Church History

MA New Testament 

MA Old Testament and Semitic Languages

MA Theological Studies

Master of Theology 

PhD Theological Studies 

Graduate Check in: Friday May 14th, 9:15 a.m.


Ceremony 2 |ATO Chapel, Friday May 14th, 2:00 p.m.

 Certificate in Christian Studies

MA Chaplaincy and Ministry Care

MA Educational Ministries

MA Intercultural Studies

MA Mental Health Counseling

MA Ministry

MA Urban Ministry

Graduate Check in: Friday May 14th, 1:15 p.m.


Ceremony 3 | ATO Chapel, Friday May 14th, 5:00 p.m.

Master of Divinity

Doctor of Ministry 

PhD Educational Studies 

PhD Intercultural Studies 

Graduate Check in: Friday May 14th, 4:15 p.m.

COVID Guidelines and Number of Guests

Our Commencement ceremonies will be held with full compliance to government policies for the Bridge Phase. The Chapel will be limited to 60% of capacity. Masks will be required by all. If state guidelines change, we will adjust the schedule to accordingly and notify students promptly of any changes. 

Each student will be permitted to bring no more than 2 guests to allow for adequate safety of everyone in attendance. 


Each student will be allowed up to 2 guests. While we understand this is a smaller number than normal, we hope that bringing some key supporters, family members, and friends will help you feel celebrated and honor the people who helped you through your Trinity Journey. All other family members, friends, and supporters are welcome to watch the ceremony through our live stream at We appreciate your flexibility and understanding in this unique and challenging time.

Tickets will be given directly to each of our graduates who has been approved for graduation and filled out the Commencement Participation Form with the intention of walking by the deadline of March 31st. We ask that all graduates please honor the 2 guest limit so that all graduates may have loved ones present under our COVID safety guidelines. If you have any questions please contact [email protected].

Ceremony Livestream

Each ceremony will be livestreamed at at the time of the event. All are welcome to watch from afar. 


Due to COVID restrictions, we are having a limited “grab and go” reception where graduates and their guests can pick up a goodie bag of refreshments and socialize with professors and friends. If weather allows, picnic areas will be available throughout campus for you and your guests.

Special Accommodations for Guests

The venue is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Each student should notify the Commencement Team ([email protected]) if they, or any of their guests, need assistance or special accommodations. We are happy to serve you in any way we can!

Parking for Guests

Parking will be available for all guests including special accommodations for those who need close parking. Upon your arrival, staff will help guide you to the appropriate parking location. 

Commencement Day Photos – GradImages is offering a 20% discount on your entire order when you register before May 13! 

To request information regarding your graduation photos call
800.261.2576 or visit:

Grad Images

For graduate rings, apparel and announcements visit:

800.854.7464 or

[email protected]