Celebrating Trinity at 125

This year, Trinity is celebrating the 125th Anniversary of our founding in 1897. The celebration begins this spring with a series of academic, cultural and social events, and continues this fall with a week of celebratory events in October.

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.

Trinity’s founders made history on August 20, 1897, when they secured the articles of incorporation that created Trinity College. Across the next three years, they bought the land, raised money, recruited students and started building Main Hall. In November 1900, the first class of students arrived on campus – the great Red Class of 1904. So much history to celebrate!

Across more than 12 decades, Trinity has demonstrated time and again that a steadfast devotion to mission along with a large creative spirit and many generous alumnae and benefactors all combine to ensure the durability and continuing significance of this very special kind of higher education.

Guided by the commitment to justice and equity of our founders, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, we are celebrating 125 years of Education for Justice and looking forward to the future! Trinity today is a healthy, vibrant university, and we look to build upon this success as we head toward the middle of the 21st Century.

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.

Academic, Cultural and Social Events

Starting Spring 2022, and continuing through the fall, Trinity is hosting a series of events to mark this historic moment, celebrate Trinity today and look forward to the future! We invite alumnae and alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends to join us for these programs!

Presidential Speaker Series: Graduates in Service to Our Communities and Our Nation
President McGuire will host monthly on conversations via Zoom on Thursday afternoons featuring Trinity graduates across many different professions to reflect on their careers.
Trinity Commencement: Celebrating 125 Years of Education for Justice: Thursday, May 19 - Saturday, May 21

May 2022 commencement ceremonies will be conducted live and in-person on the front lawn, rain or shine. Three ceremonies will take place by academic unit. View the Commencement pages for details.

In addition to our May 2022 graduates, ALL those who graduated in Spring 2020, Winter 2020, Spring 2021 and Winter 2021 are welcome to participate along with the Spring 2022 graduates — even if you participated in the virtual ceremonies previously. View the Commencement pages for details.

The ceremonies will be as follows:

Thursday, May 19, 5 pm:  All Professional and Graduate Studies (School of Professional Studies, Business and Graduate Studies, School of Education). 

Friday, May 20, 3 pm:  All School of Nursing and Health Professions

Saturday, May 21, 11 am:  All College of Arts and Sciences

Seating will be outdoors on the front of the library and the front lawn, and all chairs will be spaced appropriately.  The ceremonies will each last about one hour.  Because we will be outdoors rain or shine, we ask graduates and your guests to be sure you are prepared to be outdoors in whatever weather occurs that day.

View the Commencement pages for details. 

Trinity 50th Reunions: Friday, June 3 - Saturday, June 4

Classes of 1970 and 1971 will return to campus and catch up on their pandemic-delayed golden jubilee celebrations! Learn more and register here.

Past Events

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.

Please let us know if you plan to join us in October!

Please take just a minute to complete this survey to help us get an estimated count of how many alumnae, alumni and friends might attend all or part of our 125th Anniversary events and Reunion in October. This is NOT a registration form, but simply a poll to gauge interest. Thank you for completing the survey to help us plan great events for you!

October Events

Alumnae/i College: Wednesday, October 26 - Thursday, October 27
Alumnae and alumni are welcome to attend select classes designed for engagement with faculty and students.
125th Anniversary Symposium: Friday, October 28

Alumnae, alumni, faculty, students and staff are invited to this special symposium with a focus on environmental justice.

Trinity Reunion: Saturday, October 29

We welcome all alumnae and alumni, from all classes and all schools, to a festive Trinity Reunion, with a grand luncheon, late afternoon Liturgy and reception on the front lawn.

Additional Trinity 125 Programs

Trinity History Project
Continuing through 2022. Exhibit and presentations in Fall 2022.
As part of a major initiative, Trinity DARE: Driving Actions for Racial Equity, Trinity is undertaking an examination of its history with the particular lens of racial justice and social equity. The project includes a series of oral history interviews with Trinity graduates for Trinity’s archives.

Women’s Education 1897 to 2022: A Student-Alumnae Colloquium – Date to be announced
This program will feature students and alumnae giving papers and leading discussions about how women’s education has evolved through the years, why women’s colleges are still important and how we serve the educational needs of women globally today.