Trinity College Matriculation Convocation 2017

Posted Aug 10, 2017 10:00 am

Trinity College Matriculation Convocation: students sign the college register

Join Trinity faculty, staff, alumni and fellow students for one of our beloved traditions: Matriculation Convocation

The Hon. William C. Graham, Chancellor of Trinity College, invites members of the Trinity College community to the Matriculation Convocation on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the MacMillan Theatre, Faculty of Music.

At Matriculation Convocation, we will formally admit and welcome our incoming students (first-year Faculty of Arts & Science and Faculty of Divinity students) to the College. Students will be invited to sign the Trinity College Register.

We will also confer an honorary degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters (honoris causa) upon The Rev. Dr. Carol H. Finlay in recognition of her exceptional dedication and service as the founder of Book Club for Inmates, and her compassionate and inspired leadership in the area of education in Canadian penitentiaries. Her presenter will be Eric Friesen and her hooders will be Molly and Charles Finlay. An alumna of the College, The Rev. Finlay will deliver the Convocation address.

Incoming Students: please arrive by 6:45 pm in the Trinity College Quadrangle to line up and process with students to MacMillan Theatre.

Faculty/staff: marshalling for the academic procession will take place in the main Trinity College corridor starting at 7:00 pm.

If you have questions about Matriculation, you can email Trinity's Registrar's Office at


The Rev. Dr. Carol H. Finlay

The Rev. Carol Finlay The Rev. Dr. Carol Finlay received her BA from Trinity College in 1965 (class of ’66); her MDiv in 1990 from Wycliffe College, University of Toronto; and was ordained for The Anglican Church of Canada in 1992. 

She served in parish ministry for seven years before receiving her Doctorate in Ministry (Colgate-Rochester Divinity College, 2003) and taught at the Faculty of Divinity, Trinity College in Toronto for five years.

During summers on Amherst Island near Kingston, Ontario, she felt a calling to work in one of the many penitentiaries in the area. She started the first book club for inmates in Collins Bay Institution in 2008. As of 2017, Book Clubs for Inmates (BCFI), a registered charity, runs 29 book clubs in federal institutions across Canada with more than 80 volunteers.

BCFI also funds university studies for academically able book club members, and offers “circles of support” to help recently paroled prisoners deal with the many challenges of life upon release.

In 2016, The Rev. Finlay was appointed to the Order of Ontario.