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Winter Commencement Set at Trinity University

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Graduating students collected in Laurie Auditorium as the commencement ceremonies take place and the professors stay engaged.

International student will speak on behalf of graduates during the fall 2016 ceremony

by Susie P. Gonzalez

Trinity University will hold its winter commencement for 122 graduates at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in Laurie Auditorium. Sixty-five students will receive a bachelor’s degree and 57 students will receive a master’s in education or a master’s in healthcare administration.

Heather I. Sullivan, professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, will deliver the commencement address. She received the Dr. and Mrs. Z.T. Scott Faculty Fellowship Award during the Spring 2016 commencement. The award is given annually for excellence in teaching, advising, and service to students.

Graduating senior Weiyu “Will” Lin of China will speak on behalf of his fellow students at commencement. Lin, who is believed to be the first international student speaker, will receive a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and French literature and civilization.

Trinity Graduate Weiyu "Will" Lin is from China and was chosen to give the commencement speech at the Winter 2016 graduation ceremony.

Lin said he is honored to have been chosen as the student speaker, recalling being inspired by another Chinese student who spoke at a different American university’s commencement. “It felt truly special that I became the person whom I admired and wished to be a few years ago,” he said. To prepare, he spent 20 hours writing four draft speeches and sought critiques from two people.

Live video streaming of winter commencement will be available online at the Tiger Network at from a desktop, tablet computer, or smartphone.

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Susie P. Gonzalez is senior manager of public relations and can be reached at susie.gonzalez [at] or @susiegonz.