TO: The Trinity Community
FR: President Patricia McGuire
RE: Commencement 2013
Congratulations to all students who will be receiving Trinity degrees on Saturday, May 18! The ceremony will take place at 4:00 pm on Trinity’s front lawn. Seniors and graduate students will receive specific instructions for the day. If it rains, we will have two separate ceremonies and your guests will need rain tickets. All of that information will be in the packets of information that Dean Michele Bowie is sending you. Faculty and staff will receive separate instructions.
I am so pleased to tell you that our Commencement speaker and honoree this year is the amazing Maria Gomez, the founder and CEO of Mary’s Center, a remarkable community health organization that provides maternal and child care to more than 70,000 participants in seven sites throughout the Washington region. Ms. Gomez’s leadership on behalf of women and children in our region has received high acclaim. Most recently, President Obama honored her with the President’s Citizens Medal, the nation’s second highest civilian honor. Ms. Gomez has received numerous other honors and awards from the Pan American Health Organization, National Council of La Raza, the Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, and other organizations. Watch her on this video.
Having immigrated from Columbia at the age of 13, Ms. Gomez attended the D.C. Public Schools, and then Georgetown University’s School of Nursing. After earning her BSN at Georgetown, she went west to the University of California at Berkeley where she received her Master’s in Public Health. Fortunately for thousands of families here, she returned to D.C. and shared her nursing talents in public health before deciding to establish Mary’s Center to meet the needs of women and children first in the Adams Morgan and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods, then throughout the region. Many Trinity families have reaped the benefits of health care and education through Mary’s Center.
Ms. Gomez represents the values of Trinity in service to people in need in our community, in working for social justice and advancing the cause of education and improved health for children and families. She will bring a powerful message to the commencement ceremony.
As a reminder of the general sequence of events for Commencement Weekend:
Thursday, May 16: Graduation Rehearsal, ALL graduates must attend (5 pm reception, 6 pm rehearsal)
Friday, May 17: Baccalaureate Mass (11 am) and Senior Luncheon (after Mass) for seniors and faculty
Saturday, May 18: Commencement (4 pm ceremony, ALL graduates must arrive for robing by 2 pm)
Follow Trinity’s website for more news about Commencement 2013!