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CONTACT: Susie P. Gonzalez
March 29, 2010
Trinity University Students Seek Change in Diploma Language
SAN ANTONIO – A Trinity University student group – the Trinity Diversity Connection – and other students are seeking to change the language on diplomas issued to graduates. The certificates list the year of graduation, which is preceded by the phrase “In the year of our Lord.”
Some students – but not all – want that phrase stricken from future diplomas.
In the interest of free and open exchange of ideas and thoughts, the University has held a forum to examine the request from a range of viewpoints. The forum was moderated by Jarrod Atchison, the University’s debate coach, in a format featuring three-minute presentations from Trinity faculty in the disciplines of religion, philosophy, communication, history, and political science. Students asked questions and shared ideas.
“Trinity University promotes a diverse campus population and values the benefits of diversity as we educate the next generation of global leaders,” says David Tuttle, interim vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.
Trinity President Dennis Ahlburg notes that, as an institution, Trinity should not ignore its cultural and religious heritage and roots.
Founded in 1869, Trinity’s name reflects its Christian origins and the three regional Cumberland Presbyterian governing bodies that supported its institutional organization. In 1969, at the initiation of the Presbyterian Church, Trinity entered into a covenant agreement with the regional synod that affirmed historical connections, but transformed Trinity into a private, independent University with a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees.
In May, the Board of Trustees is expected to consider the question of changing the language of diplomas.