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Our History

History of Trinity College of Vermont

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by Gordon Miller

In September of 1925, equipped with unshakable determination and inexhaustible energy but little else, the Sisters of Mercy opened what was then the second Catholic college for women in New England. Twenty young woman settled into a room in Burlington's Mount St. Mary's Academy on Mansfield Avenue to begin a rigorous academic regimen of Latin, Greek, Religion, English, French and Mathematics.

By the 1990's, 140 young woman and adult students of diverse backgrounds studied in undergraduate and graduate programs offered on-campus and in field sites in six states and Monterrey, Mexico. They studied abroad, served in challenging internships, worked in innovative community service programs and lived on- and off-campus with other students from as far away as Korea and Japan.

The seeds of this modern institution were grounded in its mission as a small Catholic liberal arts college for woman that:

  • Respect its heritage and built on the legacy and values of its founders, the Sisters of Mercy of Vermont
  • Dedicated itself to educating and empowering women, while encouraging all students- women and men to lead in building healthy communities and in promoting social justice
  • Prepared students to participate fully in a diverse and global society through challenging career development and professional programs grounded in the liberal arts.
  • Trinity extended itself into the community by sponsoring the Waters Chair Lecture Series and Peace and Justice Lecture Series. These programs brought renowned scholars to participate in the academic life of the college and the larger civic community.

Trinity's foundresses succeeded in their mission to establish a truly remarkable college that offered a cohesive, relevant curriculum that served the community with a commitment and quality of care all its own. It is this unique ability to care for and anticipate the changing needs of each new generation of students, combined with the commitment of a diverse group of faculty, staff, friends and alumni, that continues into the future and will be recognized as the "Trinity" way.

History of the Association

As Trinity College of VT was in the process of closing in June of 2001, after 75 years of service, establishing a way to perpetuate the legacy of the College through its network of alumni and friends was critical. Through the volunteer efforts of dedicated alums and donations from the Sisters of Mercy and our founding members, The Trinity College of Vermont Association of Alumni and Friends (TCVTAAF) was established.

TCVTAAF is a non-profit organization created to capture and carry on the spirit of Trinity. TCVTAAF exists to serve as a collective voice of the alumni and friends of Trinity College of Vermont. It is with your help, through volunteer efforts, and donations, that we are able to continue this mission and continue to keep the memory of Trinity College of Vermont alive. We, the Association Board, would like to thank you for your continued support through your volunteer efforts and your donations.