April 20, 2023

Dear Trinity Community,

We have less than three weeks to go! As the colors of spring start to accentuate our campus and Bicentennial signage is starting to debut, we are excited for this once-in-a-lifetime birthday celebration. We look forward to telling Trinity’s story loudly and leading the future proudly. A few updates for you:

Trivia: Did you know that a carnival was part of the 1923 centennial celebration?

Once again, the campus community will celebrate festively at the Bicentennial Kickoff on May 5, 2023, from 5-9:30 p.m. with carnival games, traditional fair food, branded Bicentennial giveaways, a fireworks finale, and music by student, local, and alumni performers.

Trivia: Did you know that a Charter Day tree planting tradition dates back to the late 19th century?

What’s old is new again on May 16, as we celebrate Charter Day with a ceremonial tree planting and the Connecticut State Capitol flies the Trinity flag. Join President Berger-Sweeney and Banty for a virtual lemonade toast. Wear your Trinity gear with pride and share your lemonade toast photos on social media, hashtag #Trin200.

Ready for more trivia and history?

Bicentennial Website, Virtual Tour, E-newsletter — May Launch!

Stay tuned for the new Bicentennial website, which will illuminate and honor the College’s history in a whole new way. Look for a new virtual tour to see our beautiful campus as it looks today, with links to stories from our past.

Alumni Bicentennial Celebration—June 9–11, 2023

In case you missed it: Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc will headline the Bantam Birthday Bash on Saturday, June 10. Newly announced: “Committing to the Future: The Art and Business of Film and TV” panel discussion with actor/director Will McCormack ’96 and Stephanie Ritz ’90 (WME partner), and the Vernon Street Fair with family-friendly entertainment and WRTC’s live interviews and studio tours. Click here for highlights of entertainment and speakers. Event registration is now open.

1823 Series:

Events that are free and open to all will be announced throughout the year. To name a few:

  • Bicentennial Carillon Concert– Join us on July 12 for a public picnic and hear the Carillon bells play a piece specially composed for Trinity’s Bicentennial.
  • Cinestudio Film Series – Did you vote for your top movies yet? Take this poll to help Cinestudio design their seven-part series starting in September.
  • Athletic Competitions
  • Live Performances
  • 200 Stories – We hope to collect 200 Trinity stories over the next year. Share your story and photos. Group stories (e.g., clubs, teams, activity groups, majors) are encouraged. No story is too small. The College seeks a variety of content and may use your submission on the Bicentennial website, on social media, or in The Trinity Reporter. Bear in mind that Trinity reserves the right to edit for clarity, length, grammar, and content appropriateness. Email us at [email protected] (subject line “200 Stories”).

In May, you’ll hear from President Joanne Berger-Sweeney who will officially kick off our year with pride. Remember to visit www.trincoll.edu/Bicentennial for the latest updates.

With gratitude,

Philip S. Khoury ’71, H’21 and Kelli Harrington Tomlinson ’94
Co-chairs of the Bicentennial Steering Committee