Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


Orientation Schedule


8:45 am
Proficiency and General Comprehensive Exams
Kantzer Lecture Hall (KSK 141)

The M.Div and some MA programs require incoming students to take placement exams before registering for some advanced classes. You must register at least two weeks prior to the exam. To register for these exams visit >Academics > Exam Information


Residence Life/ Housing Move-In Day
Owens 800 lounge

All Owens residents and Living-Learning Floor residents can move in to their room on this day. The Residence Life Team will be on hand to assist with moving in and to answer any questions you may have.


8:30 am
Conference Check-in
Rodine Lobby

Meet in Rodine Lobby to get your conference materials and sign in.

9:00 am
Welcome to Trinity
Rodine (Hinkson Hall)

Our President and administrators will be welcoming and addressing new students. We will orient our hearts and minds to begin the journey at Trinity. Trinity’s core value of Christ Centeredness will be highlighted at this time.

9:30 am
Preparing for Seminary and Graduate Academia
Rodine (Hinkson Hall)

Dr. Tite Tiénou, Dean of TEDS and Dr. James Moore, Associate Dean of TEDS will address the ethos and the fabric of academic life and pursuit at Trinity. Details from the academic catalogue will be highlighted during this time.

10:30 am

Student Life and Community Expectations
Rodine (Hinkson Hall)

Nervous about starting your Trinity journey? Want to find out some tips for success? We will discuss what it means to be a part of a Christian learning community and how to make the most of your student life experience.

11:30 am Workshops
Rodine (classrooms)

A series of workshops will be offered to help you make a successful transition to the Trinity learning community. Attend a workshop that is of most interest to you.

12:15 pm
Lunch with TEDS/TGS Faculty
Rodine (Hinkson Hall)

Come and meet your TEDS and TGS faculty. Meet your formation group leader, get advice on getting the most out of your time at Trinity, and find out about the importance of formation groups as part of your spiritual formation.

1:30 pm
Understanding Your Program
Rodine (classrooms)

Chairs and Program Directors will give an overview of your program and explain the details of which you need to be aware.

2:30 pm
Worship & Commissioning Service with Faculty
Rodine (Hinkson Hall)

Join fellow students and faculty for a worship and commissioning service to inaugurate the new year. We hope to bless you and your family as you begin the journey here at Trinity. Families are encouraged to attend.

3:30 pm
All Access Check-Out
Waybright Center (Melton Hall)

Meet various university offices and student groups who will be on hand to help you transition. Offices present include Student Accounting, Records, Financial Aid, Health Services, Mail Services, and ID Cards among others. This will be a quick and efficient way to take care of necessary logistics while meeting fellow students. Make sure to visit every table so you don’t miss anything!


9:00-4:30 pm
International Student and Scholar Training
Lower Waybright (LL24/LL31)

This session is mandatory for all F1 and J1 international students and scholars and their spouses. Topics covered include cultural adjustment, life at Trinity, and important F1 and J1 immigration regulations. Please bring your passport, I-20 or DS-2019 documents, I-94 card, and your social security card and driver’s license if you already have them. Lunch will be provided. If child care is needed please contact Mike Phillips at

Field Education Orientation
Rodine (Hinkson Hall)

If you are in a TEDS MA or the M.Div program and plan on taking a Field Education course this semester, a mandatory orientation session is required. Field Education opportunities and requirements will be discussed. Field Ed Training is both on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.


Although it is a Wednesday, Monday classes meet on this day. Wednesday classes do not meet until 1/21.

12:00 pm
Field Education Orientation
Rodine (Hinkson Hall)

If you are in a TEDS MA or the M.Div program and plan on taking a Field Education course this semester a mandatory orientation session is required. Field Education opportunities and requirements will be discussed.



11:00 – 12:00 pm
First Chapel
ATO Chapel

12:00 pm
Back to School Lunch
Rodine (Hinkson Hall)

Join the TEDS/TGS students, staff, and faculty as we kick off the semester with a community lunch. Students who have Thursday formation groups are encouraged to attend their scheduled formation group time.


9:00 am
International Student and Scholar Activities
ISSO office

International students are invited to participate in a trip to the Social Security Office to apply for a social security number. Please meet at the International Student & Scholar Office, located in Waybright LL11, at 9:00 AM. Transportation will be provided. Please bring your passport, visa, and I-20 or DS-2019. Please note, preliminary information about acquiring a social security number will be covered on Tuesday during the International Student and Scholar training.

1:00 pm
M.Div Counseling Assessment

The M.Div Counseling assessment is required for all M.Div students. There is a $100 fee that will be charged directly to your student account.


12:00 pm
M.Div TaskStream Training – M.Div students only
Rodine (Hinkson Hall)

TaskStream Training is an opportunity for students to learn about the details of this program which you will use throughout your M.Div candidacy process. Additionally, this training is a great opportunity for students to see the entire candidacy process with a “bird’s eye view” noting specific time line and registration restrictions. This training is required of all incoming M.Div students.