Celebrating Trinity at 125 in 2022

This year, Trinity is celebrating the 125th Anniversary of our founding in 1897!

We are also launching our 125th Anniversary Campaign to fund the Renaissance of Alumnae Hall – a project that brings new life to a treasured campus landmark.

125th Anniversary Celebration and All-Alumnae Reunion
October 26-29, 2022

Trinity Celebrates 125 Years!

Graduates from all schools and years, family, and friends participated in the grand celebration on October 26 through 29 — attending classes and a symposium, convocation, reunion luncheon and liturgy.  They expressed joy and satisfaction in the opportunity to experience Trinity 2022 even as they reminisced about their own student days and remembered the heroic women of our founding era, especially the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

The SND Congregational Leadership Team in Rome sent this beautiful letter of congratulations:

Letter from the SND Congregational Leadership Team

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser (an honorary Trinity alumna!) sent a beautiful resolution to mark the occasion:

Mayor Muriel Bowser Proclamation for Trinity’s 125th Anniversary

The District of Columbia Council also issued a ceremonial resolution:

DC Council Resolution for Trinity’s 125th Anniversary

Four Days of Celebration

Alumnae College

Alumnae joined Trinity faculty and students in a wide array of classes including English, biology, philosophy, nursing and more! They chose from more than 40 courses and enjoy lunch in Alumnae Hall. View the schedule of classes.

“Faith in Women,” an exhibit of the Trinity History Project, was on display in the lobby of the Payden Center throughout the 125th Anniversary week.  The exhibit traces Trinity’s racial history and the experience of women of color at Trinity across the decades.

Wednesday, Thursday, Oct. 26, 27

8:00 am: Registration and hospitality all day in the Payden Academic Center

All Day: Classes: View class schedule

11:30 am – 2:00 pm: Lunch in Alumnae Hall

Symposium on Environmental Justice
Full Program and Speaker Bios

Alumnae, alumni, faculty, students and staff attended to this special symposium with a focus on environmental justice, with a keynote address by Yale Professor Mary Evelyn Tucker ’71, and panel discussions with faculty, students and alumnae. The day was capped by a 125th Anniversary Welcome Reception in Main Hall.

Friday, October 28: Program At-A-Glance

8:30 am: Registration and hospitality

9:00 am: Welcome: President Patricia McGuire ’74

9:30 am: Keynote: Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker ’71, and Dr. John Grim, Co-Founders, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

10:45 am: Faculty Panel: Environmental Ethics and Policy Considerations

12:00 pm: Lunch and campus walkabout with Dr. Patrice Nielsen, and student research posters on display

1:30 pm: Panel: Teaching and Research on Environmental Justice at Trinity

3:00 pm: Partnerships in Action

Dr. Kandis Boyd, Director, EPA Chesapeake Program

Ms. Nancy Stoner, Exec. Director, Potomac Riverkeepers Network

3 to 5 pm:  Environmental Fair with Partners Hosting Information Displays

4:30 pm: Concluding Comments

4:30 pm: 125th Anniversary Welcome Reception – Main Hall

Click here for Full Program and Speaker Bios

125th Anniversary Convocation

Read Trinity’s founding story, the convocation program, the biographies of the honorees and the announcement of the Pelosi Chair in Global Affairs:

Program for the 125th Anniversary Convocation

Saturday, October 29

10:00 am: 125th Anniversary Convocation, Notre Dame Chapel
Presentation of Honorary Degrees and Seniors Receive Caps and Gowns

Program for the 125th Anniversary Convocation


Dr. Sylvia Washington Ba, Class of 1958, Professor Emerita
Honorary Degree Citation for Dr. Sylvia Washington Ba
Response by Dr. Ba

Barbara Bachmann Glynn, Class of 1964, Trustee Emerita, and John Glynn
Honorary Degree Citation for Barbara and John Glynn

Irene Horstmann Hannan, Class of 1968, Trustee Emerita
Honorary Degree Citation for Irene Hannan

Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, Class of 1971, and Dr. John Grim
Honorary Degree Citation for Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

Letter from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi ’62

Noon: 125th Anniversary Luncheon, Trinity Center

Citation for the Class of 1972 Golden Jubilee

4:00 pm: 125th Anniversary Liturgy, Notre Dame Chapel
Cardinal Wilton Gregory presiding

Cardinal Wilton Gregory Homily

5:30 pm: Farewell Reception, Front Lawn

Cardinal Wilton Gregory with Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur after the 125th Anniversary Liturgy

Reimagining Alumnae Hall

As the signature building project of our 125th Anniversary Campaign, we aim to raise a minimum of $30 million to renovate this beautiful, historic building to become a modern campus center that our students, faculty, staff, alumnae and alumni and visitors can enjoy.

We have retained a team of architects and contractors to refine the concept design – construction costs today are very steep, and we know this project will be at least $45 million. We will secure a loan for the balance of the cost.

Videos from Spring 2022 Events

Luce Colloquium on Inclusive Excellence, April 21-22, 2022. View videos of this deep dive into the pervasive, intentional commitment to inclusive excellence at Trinity. The program, sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation, highlights student success outcomes achieved through Trinity’s inclusive excellence initiatives, which first began in the STEM disciplines with Trinity’s participation in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence program, has expanded across the curriculum, and is a key initiative of Trinity DARE: Driving Actions for Racial Equity.  The program featured panels by Trinity faculty and students, student research presentations, and the presentation of the first annual Katherine Johnson Awards for excellence in math and science, established by Trinity alumna Jurate Kazickas ’64.

Mellon Symposium: Global Perspectives on Race and Racism, March 16-17, 2022. View videos of all sessions of this engaging two-day symposium, the first signature event of Trinity’s 125th Anniversary. Organized by Trinity’s Global Affairs faculty, with grant support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the symposium featured national and international speakers, including Trinity alumnae, who were joined by faculty and students to explore a range of topics looking at race and racism, both in the U.S. and globally.

A Note on COVID-19 Protocols: Trinity continues to ask persons on campus to wear masks indoors as part of our efforts to mitigate Covid-19. Additionally, we ask you to refrain from attending if you have Covid-19 symptoms.