Trinity seniors reflect on journey, look to future

May. 31, 2014 @ 04:18 PM

Family and friends of the 38 members of the Class of 2014 of Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill gathered on campus on Friday with the school’s graduates, faculty, and staff to celebrate Trinity’s fifth commencement exercises.

The traditional processional march was accompanied by the Trinity Orchestra and Trinity Bands, featuring students from all three school divisions along with other community members.

The Trinity Community Chorale also blended the voices of over 40 students, faculty, staff, and alumni in a moving a cappella arrangement of the well-known hymn, “For the Beauty of the Earth.”

In his commencement address, Dr. Chip Denton, Trinity’s headmaster, recalled the Biblical story of Daniel and his three friends and called on the students — as they leave home for the “foreign lands“ of college and life beyond — to “resolve to keep your True North somewhere deep inside,” seeking both to excel and to be fully engaged in the worlds they are preparing to enter.

These worlds include places like Vanderbilt, Carnegie Mellon, Davidson, Clemson, Furman, Washington and Lee, Wheaton, Wake Forest, and UNC Chapel Hill, where one of the seniors will be attending as a Morehead-Cain scholar.

Two of the graduates — one chosen by the senior class, the other by the faculty — shared reflections on their time at the school.

“Trinity has taught me how to be an individual,” said Harper Ensslin.

“It has helped me realize that I am unique and that I should not cover up my true character.” senior Xavier Idriss spoke of the uplifting community that the class had become over the students’ years together.

Idriss encouraged his fellow graduates, wherever they go, to plug into a community: “Being part of this community has been a vital part of each of your success stories, and as you enter a completely new environment next year, find a group that will love and support you. Invest yourself in a community, and let it invest itself in you.”

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