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“Graduate Studies News” at Trinity College Has Moved!

Graduate Studies News at Trinity College has moved permanently to the Trinity College server. It can now be found at

No new articles or announcements will be posted here. If you have subscribed to this site via RSS or email, you will need to visit the new site and subscribe once again. We’re sorry for any inconvenience, but this move is intended to improve service to all visitors.

Thank you for your patronage and interest, and we hope you will continue to follow us at the new site.

William Barnett
Director of Graduate Studies


Important Registration Information for Trinity College Graduate Students

Spring at Trinity College

Continuing graduate students at Trinity College should heed the following information:

  • Registration for the first summer session 2012 and for fall 2012 begins on Monday, 4/23/12.
  • Registration for the first summer session concludes on May 30 (day classes begin).
  • The official schedule of graduate courses for 2012-13 is now available online.
  • Continuing matriculated students who register for fall courses in advance can now arrange a payment plan.
  • Continuing matriculated students may now register online; online payment of tuition and fees is also available. Students may not register online for master’s theses (requires approval forms available from Graduate Studies Office.
  • Tuition for 2012-13 for 1 credit (= one course) is $2,180 (not including registration or other fees).

For more information about all of the above, click on the embedded hyperlinks. Questions about registration can be addressed to the Office of Graduate Studies (860-297-2151) or the Registrar’s Office (860-297-2117).

New Grading Scale for Graduate Studies

Effective Spring 2012, the Trinity College Graduate Studies grading scale officially changed. We made this change in order to bring our grading scale into closer conformity with the undergraduate grading scale and with grading scales typical of other graduate programs. In addition, it is necessary to conform to Federal reporting requirements for student aid and other purposes.

This change is effective going forward; it is not retroactive. This means that students enrolled in courses through the Fall Term 2011 and who complete additional courses after that date will have “mixed” transcripts. That is, their transcripts will continue to reflect the former grading scale for all courses completed through Fall 2011; courses completed thereafter will reflect the new grading scale. Since no numerical value was assigned under the former grading scale, no grade point average (GPA), cumulative or otherwise, can be generated for those courses Cumulative GPAs will be generated for the new grades only. An explanation of both grading scales and the change will appear on the key of all official transcripts.

Students who begin graduate study with the Spring Term 2012 will receive grades under the new grading scale only.

For a complete explanation of the new scale, please visit the Academic Regulations page on the Graduate Studies website.

Celebration/Memorial for Prof. Ann Fitzgerald

Prof. Ann Fitzgerald

Prof. Ann Fitzgerald

A Celebration/Memorial of Prof. Ann Fitzgerald’s life was held on Saturday, December 3, 2011, at the Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street.   Prof. Fitzgerald loved this museum, at which she had spoken this year, and Dr. Lauter felt it was a most appropriate place and a time very close to what would have been their 27th anniversary.

Dr. Lauter is also planning a book of photographs and writings (poems, reminiscences, fiction, whatever seems fitting).  If you have photographs or something you would like to write or have written that he might consider including, please send them directly to him.

A number of people have asked about an organization to which they might contribute in Prof. Fitzgerald’s name.  Dr. Lauter suggests Doctors Without Borders or Amnesty International, organizations to which he and Prof. Fitzgerald have regularly donated.

Death of Prof. Ann Fitzgerald, 1947 – 2011

On October 19, 2011, the following announcement was released by Rena Fraden, Dean of Faculty:

Dear Colleagues,

It is with deep sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Ann Fitzgerald, whom many of you know from her teaching in the Graduate American Studies Program, where she taught “Body Art in Fiction, Film, and Practice.” At the time of her passing, she was teaching a graduate course on museum exhibition. Not only was Ann a valued member of the Trinity community in her own right, but she was also the wife of Paul Lauter, Allan K. & Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of Literature. Ann died of irreversible brain injuries occasioned by a fall. Read More…

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