Honors Program Honors Graduates at Inaugural Ceremony


Honors PinningGraduating seniors in Trinity’s Honors Program were recently recognized at an inaugural pinning ceremony, led by program director and professor of communication arts, Dr. Craig Mattson.

The Honors Program challenges and supports academically gifted students through collaborative research with publishing scholars in the field and participation in co-curricular activities.

During the ceremony, seniors Brian Hofman of Waupun, Wisconsin; Megan Regalado of Glendora, California; Trevor Schaap of Lansing, Illinois; Kimberly Van Spronsen of Escalon, California; and Daniel Thayer of Buchanan, Michigan, were honored by fellow students and professors, who offered personal thoughts and words of congratulations and blessing.

To read some of the comments offered, visit the Honors Program blog.

“I thought the pinning ceremony was extremely thoughtful in that each senior graduating from the program was given ‘tribute’ by another member of the Honors Program,” said Regalado.

Said Thayer, “It meant a lot to have current students talk about the graduates and to enjoy a time that was in honor of the hard work we put in over the years.”

In my four years in the program, I have built many friendships that will last beyond college,” said Schaap.

At the closing of the ceremony, Dr. Mattson recited verses from the Book of Isaiah. “Isaiah 61 concludes with words that aptly describe Brian, Kimberly, Trevor, Megan, and Daniel.

“’They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory. They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.’” 

Mattson plans to hold pinning ceremony every semester prior to graduation.

“The ceremony was a wonderful conclusion to the work that I had done,” said Hofman, “and I appreciated the chance to celebrate with many of the students and professors who played significant roles in my honors experience at Trinity.”