Spring 2018 Commencement


Congratulations to all our graduates! Rain did not dampen spirits as Trinity celebrated Commencement on Saturday May 19, 2018, in the Trinity Center for Women and Girls in Sports. Over 280 diplomas were awarded and more than 1,500 guests attended! Mr. Donald Graham received an honorary degree and gave the Commencement address. Learn more about him here.

Watch: Donald Graham’s Keynote!

Graduates: Please be sure to fill out the online Graduation Survey – there’s still time!.

Donald Graham

Dear students and colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Mr. Donald Graham will be our May 2018 Commencement speaker and honoree. Commencement is on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11 am on the library lawn. Congratulations to all students who are graduating!

Don Graham is a great friend to Trinity and our students. He is the founder of the D.C. College Access Program (DC-CAP) and led the way for the creation of the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program (D.C. TAG). DC-CAP and DC-TAG have funded several thousand Trinity undergraduates since the programs began in 1999.

Additionally, Mr. Graham created TheDream.US, the program that funds our Dreamers at Trinity and nearly a thousand Dreamers nationwide. Mr. Graham’s personal generosity to the scholarship programs he founded, along with generosity directly to Trinity, make him one of the greatest benefactors supporting Trinity students.

Mr. Graham was the principal owner, chairman and publisher of the Washington Post until he stepped down in 2015 when Jeff Bezos bought the Post. Mr. Graham is the son of the late Katharine and Philip Graham; Mrs. Graham was recently featured in the film “The Post” starring Meryl Streep as Kay Graham, based on her autobiography.

Mr. Graham continues as chairman of Graham Holdings, Inc. a diversified media and education business. A graduate of Harvard, where he was the editor of The Crimson, Mr. Graham also served in Vietnam, and upon returning from the war, he became a member of the Metropolitan Police Department for several years before joining the Washington Post as a beat reporter.

We are so pleased to be able to recognize and thank Mr. Graham for his amazing support for our students, and he will have a wonderful message to share with our graduates.

Students who are graduating should be receiving more instructions from Dean Bowie. We will also provide more information on the website.

Again, congratulations to all students who are graduating in May!

All the best,

President Pat McGuire

Winter 2018 Graduation

Read more about our Winter 2018 honoree Barbara Lettiere.

Winter Graduation took place on Friday, January 5, 2018, at 5:00 pm in the Trinity Center for Women and Girls in Sports for those students who completed their degrees in August 2017 and December 2017. Barbara Lettiere, president of Immaculata University and the former chief financial officer of Trinity, was scheduled to be the keynote speaker and receive an honorary degree. Learn more.

>Winter Graduation includes academic regalia and a formal ceremony. Graduates are welcome to invite your families and friends.

August and December graduates, please note: Your participation in Winter Graduation is optional. If you choose to participate in Winter Graduation, we will read your name and present you with your diploma. You are also welcome to participate in the May Commencement in your academic regalia, and you will process with your class; however, we will not read your name again and we will not present you with your diploma again. If receiving your diploma at the May Commencement is important to you, then you can certainly decide to fully participate in the May ceremony, but we will only read your name and present you with a diploma at one ceremony.