Provost Mayo Moran’s Final Message to the Community

Posted: June 26, 2024

Dear Members of the ߲Ƶ Community:

With the 2023-2024 academic year behind us, I want to congratulate all our students, faculty and staff for an incredibly successful year, especially our Divinity and Arts & Science Class of 2024 – we are so proud of you and welcome to the Trinity alumni community!

Faculty of Divinity Convocation 2024

Faculty of Divinity Convocation – May 14, 2024: (top left) Archbishop Colin Johnson, Provost Mayo Moran, honoree – Archbishop Anne Germond, Chancellor Brian Lawson and Dean Christopher Brittain in the Trinity Chapel; (right) Graduating Class of 2024 and Divinity faculty in the Chapel following Caput; (lower left) Convocation Ceremony in Strachan Hall. Learn more about our Divinity graduates and Trinity honoree The Most Rev’d Anne Germond.

Graduation Awards Ceremony 2024

At our Graduation Awards Ceremony on June 20, 2024, we honoured Trinity students for their outstanding academic achievements (image above: recipients of ߲Ƶ Graduation Awards 2024). Congratulations to all our award winners!

Spring Convocation Ceremony 2024

߲Ƶ Arts & Science Convocation – June 21, 2024: Congratulations to our Class of 2024 and Chancellor Brian Lawson and Joannah Lawson (images above). The Lawsons each received a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from U of T for their outstanding service to the university as supporters, ambassadors and thoughtful advisers, and for their commitment to making a positive difference in everything they do. Learn more about our Arts & Science graduates and honorees Brian and Joannah Lawson.

Spring Convocation Reception 2024

Following Convocation, we celebrated with our newest graduates and their families and friends at our Convocation Reception (images above). What an incredible day #TrinityGrad24 – and thank you to everyone for joining us! You can view more photos from the entire day on .

Trinity Reunion 2024

Trinity Reunion 2024 – May 29 to June 2: We welcomed more than 800 alumni and friends back to campus for Reunion 2024! We hope you had a wonderful time reconnecting with classmates and the College (images above). You can view more photos on .

As this is my last community message as your Provost, I wanted to reflect on the incredible decade we have shared together at Trinity. Thanks to the collective efforts of all members of the Trinity community, the College has brought our strategic priorities to life – guided by our Strategic Plan, People, Program and Place and by our strong sense of common purpose. In line with our core values, we have kept a steady focus on creating an outstanding student experience across a wide range of measures. The entire Trinity community has stepped up in so many different ways: thinking through everything we do from the student perspective, making the College a more welcoming and inclusive place, and building an outstanding foundation for the future. We have faced tremendous challenges, especially the global pandemic with its devastating impact on students, finances and the entire community. But by working together the College has emerged stronger and more determined in our commitment to educate and inspire our students to make a positive difference in whatever path they chose to take.

We are thriving today because of the outstanding students who select us in record numbers, the faculty and staff who ensure students have a transformative experience, the volunteers especially our governance leadership volunteers who have been so dedicated through these demanding years, and all of our alumni supporters that enable us to do things no one thought this little college could.

It is because of efforts like these that our most significant build in a century – the Lawson Centre for Sustainability – is well underway and it could not come at a better time given the housing shortage students are facing. We could not have done this without our committed staff and volunteers and our incredibly generous donors who have supported and championed our ambitious vision for Trinity’s future. And it is not too late to learn more and get involved – visit .

View of the construction site

(Image above) View of the construction site for the Lawson Centre for Sustainability – a mass timber, zero carbon and LEED platinum building: June 25, 2024. >> View our progress

As the Lawson Centre shows, Trinity is small but mighty. In the last ten years, we have accomplished more than we could ever dream of. And much of this is because of YOU – our students, staff, faculty and alumni. At the end of this message, you will find ߲Ƶ Milestones 2014 to 2024, highlighting key moments and transformational initiatives over the last decade. Also below, you will also find a photo gallery presentation that was created for my farewell celebration. Although I’m a little embarrassed of all the photos of me, I hope you enjoy seeing all the moments we have shared as a community over the years. And thank you to everyone for their kind words at my farewell event and in this – it has been an honour to work, learn and share memories with so many of you.

I also want to take this moment to congratulate our students, faculty, staff and alumni for their achievements and awards over the years, for supporting, mentoring and taking care of each another, and for all of the ongoing contributions to the College – you truly embody our mission to foster community, responsibility and leadership. And even during challenging times, our community has responded with kindness and with collective resolve to make Trinity an even better place to learn, live and work.

Looking back at my remarks from my installation at Matriculation Convocation in September 2014, I said:

The commitment to making the world a better place is a key part of the ߲Ƶ experience. Like matriculation, the “collegiate way of life” has ancient roots in the belief that a great education is at least in part a collective effort and is best developed through community… There is a powerful sense that a community of learning enhances the efforts of each, making the whole inestimably more than the sum of its parts. At its best, on this view, education is not simply about the acquisition of knowledge, it is also about the development of character through community.”

Ten years on, this message still resonates, reflecting on the value of the Trinity experience and how truly special our community is. And ten years on, this is such a bittersweet moment as my tenure as your 15th Provost & Vice-Chancellor comes to its last few days. I can wholeheartedly say it has been an absolute privilege and honour to serve as your provost, and I know the College is in very good hands with my successor, Professor Nicholas Terpstra. I will miss you and the College, which has been both my place of work and our family home since 2014. But, as I will not be too far from the College – on the other side of Philosopher’s Walk at the Faculty of Law – I hope our paths with cross again soon. Until we meet again, I wish you a wonderful and restful summer ahead.

Yours truly,

Mayo Moran
Provost & Vice-Chancellor


Trinity Milestone 20142014

Professor Mayo Moran appointed ߲Ƶ’s 15th Provost & Vice-Chancellor (image: Provostial Installation). The College expands its science programming with two new streams in the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program: Anne Steacy Biomedical Health Stream and Anne Steacy Health Science & Society Stream (later named Anne Steacy Medicine & Global Health Stream). The Faculty of Divinity and the Toronto School of Theology launch a new Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Theological Studies, conjointly with the University of Toronto.


Trinity Milestone 20152015

The College’s first-ever student experience survey yields fascinating insights into today’s students and how the College can make an already excellent Trinity experience even better (image: Trinity Magazine). The inaugural student recipients of ߲Ƶ’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships work on research projects in Immunology and in Establishing Right Relations as part of their summer internships abroad. Through a $1 million endowment, the Marilyn and Charles Baillie Award is established to provide financial assistance to students in need.


Trinity Milestone 20162016

߲Ƶ’s Strategic Plan: People, Program, Place is released (image: cover of the plan and People collage). To strengthen student supports, the College launches the ߲Ƶ Mental Health Program and Anne Steacy Counselling Initiative. This first of its kind program is managed by the College’s inaugural Associate Director of Community Wellness. The College’s work to create a more welcoming, inclusive and accessible environment continues with the creation of all gender washrooms as well as a fully accessible washroom. A new professional role is created – Assistant Dean, Student Life – to work specifically with student leaders and groups to further support and enhance student life and the campus experience. The Faculty of Divinity and the Toronto School of Theology launch a Master of Arts (MA) in Theological Studies, conjointly with the University of Toronto. The College also receives a Fair Trade Campus designation for its food services operation.

Trinity Milestone 20172017

The new ߲Ƶ Archives opens, integrating many environmental sustainability features, including the campus’ first geothermal system (image: main corridor). Work continues to make the College more welcoming and accessible, with the addition of an elevator that serves the front hall, Seeley Hall and the new Archives space, along with a new accessibility lift to the Junior Common Room, and a new student wellness space in St. Hilda’s College. Trinity’s student services are integrated and strengthened under the Student Services umbrella, two new positions are created – Director of Student Services (assumed by the Registrar) and Career & Academic Advisor, and a new endowment fund is created to support international travel and experiential learning opportunities for students.

Trinity Milestone 20182018

In September, the inaugural cohort of students are enrolled in the new Butterfield Environment & Sustainability Stream in the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program (image: field trip to Koffler Scientific Reserve). Supported by Chancellor Bill Graham and in partnership with the Department of History, a new faculty position is created in Contemporary International History, boosting the College’s expertise in international relations. A new Master of Arts in Contemporary International History is also created, in collaboration with the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History. The Faculty of Divinity and the Toronto School of Theology launch a new Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Theological Studies, conjointly with the University of Toronto.

Trinity Milestone 20192019

As part of Trinity’s campus revitalization and infrastructure renewal plan, the new Student Services Centre and Welcome Desk open in the front hall of ߲Ƶ, bringing academic and student life support services together into one space, along with the new Academic Resource Centre. (Image: staff from the Office of the Registrar and Office of the Dean of Students). The College launches the Community Advisor (CA) peer-based program to help promote supportive and inclusive residence communities. To celebrate the Chancellor’s 80th birthday and to honour his generosity of spirit and leadership, Provost Moran announces the new Chancellor William C. Graham Awards; the inaugural recipients receive their awards at the fall meeting of Corporation.

At the Chair’s Reception in October, the College announces three landmark gifts to the Living Trinity Campaign: $10 million gift from Brian and Joannah Lawson to launch the innovative Integrated Sustainability Initiative; and $5 million gifts from each of Nevil Thomas and Jack Whiteside to support the new building.

Trinity Milestone 20202020

In March, the university campus closes to in-person activities due to the global COVID-19 pandemic (image: views of campus when the College re-opens in the fall). The College establishes the BIPOC Student Award (later named the Dr. Alexander Thomas Augusta Award) and the BIPOC Bursary Fund to increase financial aid available to students identifying as Black, Indigenous or Persons of Colour. In October, Trinity announces its inaugural leadership team for the College’s innovative Integrated Sustainability Initiative, which is designed to integrate the principles of sustainability into the daily life at the College – from academic programs and co-curricular programming to the student experience. The Faculty of Divinity creates a second McBride-Haley Lectureship in Church Management.

Trinity Milestone 20212021

In November, a Ground Blessing Ceremony (image: right) is held on the future site of the new building – the Lawson Centre for Sustainability (rendering: left). The College also receives several leadership gifts to support the new building from members of the Trinity community, including Chancellor Bill Graham.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, core sustainability courses are added to Trinity’s Ethics, Society & Law and International Relations programs to help equip students with tools to address one of the globe’s most pressing challenges. The Faculty of Divinity establishes the Innovative Leaders Initiative – Reimagining Contemporary Ministries – through a nearly $1 million (USD) grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The College’s Task Force on Anti-Black Racism and Inclusion releases its report.

Two Community Wellness Coordinators join the Wellness Team to further enhance the College’s wellness program, paying specific attention to students in residence who may have been impacted by the isolating effects of the pandemic.

The ߲Ƶ Archives receives a gift-in-kind of more than 4,000 editorial cartoons donated by their creator Brian Gable and The Globe and Mail. This is among the Archives’ recent acquisitions – along with papers by The Hon. William C. Graham (2020), John Kirton (G7/G8 summit records: 2024) and Bertie Ramcharan(worked for the UN for 30 years: 2024) – which build upon the College’s collection strength to complement Trinity’s programs such as International Relations.

Trinity Milestone 20222022

With the return to many in-person activities on campus, students come out in record numbers to enjoy opportunities to connect and engage in dialogue with peers, faculty, alumni and guest speakers (image: various college celebrations and events). The College’s career advising program is expanded to include exploration and education, followed by a re-imagined alumni mentorship program.

In August, the Trinity community mourns the loss of its long-serving 12th Chancellor, The Hon. William C. Graham. After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the famous ߲Ƶ Friends of the Library Book Sale returns, raising nearly $100,000 to support the many projects and activities of the John W. Graham Library.

In the fall, construction mobilization and geothermal drilling begin on the site for the new Lawson Centre for Sustainability. Setting a new standard for campus sustainability, the Lawson Centre will increase residence, academic and social spaces for the entire community. It will also provide state-of-the-art areas for research and experiential learning including the Community Kitchen and the George and Martha Butterfield Rooftop Farm.

Trinity Milestone 20232023

Activity increases on the construction site with mass excavation, crane assembly, pouring of concrete structures and the first delivery of mass timber (image: view of the construction site). Brian Lawson is appointed the College’s 13th Chancellor. The College’s student financial aid program reaches $1.46 million for 2022-2023. Also this academic year: to provide meaningful experience-based learning and leadership opportunities, across the College, Trinity employs 137 students (a nearly 600% increase in the number of positions compared to a decade ago). The Faculty of Divinity receives a seven-year re-accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools, and with the Toronto School of Theology, also receives approval from the University of Toronto to offer a hybrid (online/in-person) learning option for the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program. In December, Trinity becomes the first post-secondary institution in North American to secure a labelled Green Loan to finance the construction of the new Lawson Centre for Sustainability.

Trinity Milestone 20242024

The College reaches an ambitious milestone – over the last decade, more than $100 million has been raised to support the College’ priorities including nearly $40 million for the Lawson Centre for Sustainability. In March, donors and supporters gather to sign the mass timber being installed for this innovative new building (image: Mass Timber Raising Celebration).

The Tugwell-Loveland First Generation Award is established to support students who are the first in their families to pursue post-secondary education. For the 2023-2024 academic year, the College started a new tradition to celebrate graduating students – a reception was held in September to welcome students to their fourth year, which was book-ended in early April with the inaugural Last Lecture featuring three speakers – faculty, alum and graduating student.

The John W. Graham Library & ߲Ƶ Archives release their strategic plan. The College approves the appointment of three Associate Professors, the first continuing Associate Professor appointments in Trinity’s Faculty of Arts in decades. Professor Nick Terpstra is named the College’s 16th Provost & Vice-Chancellor, effective July 1. The College renews its arrangements under the Federation Framework Agreement with the University of Toronto.