A steady drizzle did not dampen the spirits of nearly 400 graduates at Trinity’s 105th Commencement ceremony. More than 3,000 guests gathered for the ceremony on Trinity’s campus on Sunday, May 18. In her Commencement address, D.C. author and journalist Jonetta Rose Barras stressed to the graduates the importance of “protecting and developing your personal humanity; nurturing your own and others’ dignity; and creating an intimate society in an era of superficial communications. These I believe are critical to nurturing and nourishing the soul. And without soul, everything else loses its meaning in life.” Barras, a 1996 graduate of Trinity’s Weekend College program, received an honorary doctor of letters.
Barras spoke of her own journey and the challenges she has faced in her career. She closed with her themes of dignity and humanity: “If you honor another’s dignity, seek to preserve humanity, restore and maintain intimacy in your life and your community, you will realize what I have: no matter the amount of money in your bank account, no matter your abode, no matter your sartorial weaknesses, your life will be enriched, and a special kind of wealth will be yours. Class of 2008, share yourself and strengthen your soul as you enjoy the rest of your wonderful adventure we call life.
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