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Easton Graduate Honored at Trinity

Kevin Collins of Easton graduated from Trinity College in Hartford on May 22 with a bachelor's degree in American Studies. A total of 554 bachelor's and 42 master's degrees were awarded at the 185th commencement ceremonies held on Trinity's quadrangle.

Collins won the Human Relations Award at Trinity College Honors Day, an award given annually to an undergraduate who has exhibited outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship in its broadest sense.

The Trinity College Chapel hosted the 61st annual Honors Day Ceremony in which nearly 230 people were cited for scholarly and community-oriented achievements. The ceremony originated when George Keith Funston, who served as Trinity president from 1945 to 1951, sought to re-establish the school's academic pageantry, which had been halted during World War II.

Matriculation and the Book Ceremony for first-year students were restored, and in the spring of 1950, Honors Day was added as a new event. It was intended to be an occasion when all Trinity prizes and awards — with the exception of those handed out at commencement — ­ could be celebrated within the entire college community.

Founded in Hartford in 1823, Trinity College is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college with more than 2,200 students from 45 states and 47 countries.

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