A downpour immediately following commencement for the class of 2009 couldn't dampen the mood after an emotional and touching ceremony in Laurie Auditorium on May 16, 2009. Dr. John Brazil presided over his final spring commencement and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medallion by Tim Hixon, Chair of the Board of Trustees.
he day belonged to the students and their families, however, as theyshared tears of pride, joy and a little sadness as graduates prepared to launch their exciting futures. Chloe Edmondson, below, delivered a stirring commencement address to her classmates and the Laurie Auditorium audience. Four professors presented diplomas to their children who were part of the graduating class. They were Curtis Brown (Lauren), Bill Christ (Jonathan), Pablo Martinez (Ana), and Chris Pursell (Janet). In the graduate ceremony Catherine Nickle, wife of Chaplain Stephen Nickle, received her Master of Arts degree in Education.
Likewise, Trustee Bob McClane presented the diploma of family friend Ryann Madden and Trustee and Great Uncle Paul Smith presented Peter Graves with his diploma. Two sisters from different schools received their diplomas consecutively (see Twin Peaks, below). Katherine Wright was awarded her degree from her grandfather, Trinity professor emeritus Paul Walthall (class of 1948). Katherine's mother Anne Wright was even involved in the ceremony, carrying the banner for the class of 1974. Finally, Taylor Woodard received a standing ovation from the faculty when she rode her scooter across the stage to receive her diploma from President Brazil.
ARAMARK Dining Services did quick work to move all of the food for the President's Reception afterward into the Coates University Center. After waiting out the rain, families made their way to spend some time together in celebration. Trinity University will miss the Class of 2009!