Campus Update: Fall 2015

“Grit Will Keep You Moving – Audacity Gets You Soaring!”

These were the inspiring words of Trinity Commencement speaker Patty Q. Stonesifer, president and CEO of Martha’s Table and the founding CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Thousands gathered on the Main Lawn for Trinity’s Commencement, at which Stonesifer told the graduates to be bold and audacious, and to always keep in mind: “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”

Martha’s Table is a major nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., that supports families and individuals working to break the cycle of poverty by providing healthy food, affordable clothing and quality education. Earlier this year, Trinity formed a partnership with Martha’s Table to provide a degree program for early childhood education teachers.

Stonesifer was presented with an honorary doctor of letters for her untiring commitment to service to those in need and for her exemplary leadership for social justice. “In choosing to devote her time and talent to the neediest citizens of this city and this region – those who are hungry and sometimes homeless, who need education and who are often marginalized – Ms. Stonesifer truly embodies Trinity’s values of social justice and service to others,” said President Pat McGuire.

Read her remarks and watch the video online at:

Trinity Launches Video Channel on Website

The new section of the website highlights videos produced by Trinity and news videos about Trinity. Check out the new site: and be sure to view these two popular videos.

Sr. Margaret Claydon Reflects on Her Years at Trinity: On the occasion of her 70th Reunion, President Emerita Sr. Margaret Claydon ’45 sat down with President Pat McGuire ’74 to share her perspectives of Trinity past, present and future. Watch the video:

Trinity Featured in Chronicle of Higher Education Video: Dr. Rewa Burnham ’05, assistant professor of English, is among many faculty, students and alumnae interviewed in this engaging video produced by Chronicle reporter Julia Schmalz. The video tells the story of the transformation and growth of Trinity and shows a mission-driven campus community. It is one of the top-viewed videos on the Chronicle site and received thousands of views by Trinity graduates and the campus community. See the video:

Trinity Students Meet U.S. Supreme Court Justices

Trinity students were invited to attend a Women’s History Month event in the U.S. Capitol, hosted by Congresswoman Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi ’62, honoring all four women who have served as U.S. Supreme Court justices.

Trinity Women Gather to Hear President Obama

The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown hosted the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty in May. Trinity alumnae and students were invited to hear President Obama speak.