March 23, 2016

Dear Members of the Trinity College Community:

As we all look forward to the College’s 190th Commencement, set for Sunday, May 22, I would like to provide you with important information regarding the ceremony and related events.

Three distinguished individuals will receive honorary degrees from the College. This year’s Commencement speaker will be William K. Marimow ’69, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The other honorands will be Michael Conforti ’68, P’16, former director of The Clark Art Institute and a current faculty member of Williams College, and Miriam Colón, the founder of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and a trailblazing stage, film, and television actress.

I also am pleased to inform you that the speaker at this year’s Baccalaureate ceremony will be Ilyasah Shabazz, a community organizer, social activist, motivational speaker, and author who is a daughter of Malcolm X.

The following key dates mark important campus events in the month of May leading up to and including Commencement:

  • Honors Day — Friday, May 6, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Commencement Weekend — May 21-22
    • Baccalaureate ceremony on Saturday, May 21, at 4:00 p.m.
    • Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 22, at 11:00 a.m.

I encourage you to attend as many of these events as possible.

For more information on Commencement Weekend, please visit the College’s website at

I know that you join me in congratulating the Class of 2016 and our distinguished honorands.


Joanne Berger-Sweeney
President and Trinity College
Professor of Neuroscience