Trinity University to Hold Commencement May 18

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Apr. 18, 2013

Trinity University to Hold Commencement May 18

Alumni Matt Schatz and Midge Woolsey to speak to more than 500 graduates

Student Graduating

By Susie P. Gonzalez

SAN ANTONIO  - Trinity  University will hold two commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18, conferring degrees on a total of 562 undergraduate and graduate students. The separate events will have three speakers, and the recipient of the University's most prestigious award for teaching and advising will be announced.

Matt SchatzThe graduate Commencement begins at 9 a.m. in Parker Chapel for 63 students who will receive master's degrees in teaching, school psychology, or accounting. The speaker is Matt Schatz '98, who received a Master of Arts in Teaching. After teaching, he became one of the first 20 "Rackers" at Rackspace, a San Antonio-based service leader in cloud computing and managed hosting.  He ran sales teams for Europe out of the London office and was assigned to the Hong Kong office. After 10 years at Rackspace, he spent a year volunteering in South East Asia teaching English at orphanages and Buddhist monasteries in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Bangladesh, and Burma.  He is currently an executive at Bazaarvoice in Austin. No tickets are necessary for admission.

The ceremony for 499 undergraduates is at 10:30 a.m. in Laurie Auditorium, where seating is limited and tickets are required for guests and relatives of candidates for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Music degrees. The two speakers will be Midge Woolsey '77, a longtime New York City broadcaster with additional professional experience as a theater director, performer, and choreographer, and Noelle Parsons, a graduating senior who will represent the class of 2013.

Midge WoolseyWoolsey graduated from Trinity with degrees in speech and theater and in music. She later earned a master's in opera performance from Oklahoma City University.  She taught French in Florida and was a theater director in Oklahoma before moving to New York. A broadcaster for more than 30 years, she is associated with two of public broadcasting's most acclaimed institutions -- public television's flagship station Thirteen/WNET and most recently as music host, writer, and producer at New York's classical radio station WQXR. She has hosted numerous fundraising events and has interviewed celebrities such as Placido Domingo, Barbara Walters, Richie Havens, Josh Groban, Harry Belafonte, and Yogi Berra. She also worked on Great Performances, the award-winning PBS series of international music, dance, and drama programs, and has sung with the New York Pops in both Carnegie Hall and Bryant Park.

Noelle ParsonsOriginally from Austin, Parsons is a double major in human communication and ancient Mediterranean studies with a minor in theater. At Trinity, she is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Lambda Delta, and speech communication honor societies and was placed on the Dean's List for seven semesters. She is president of Phi Delta Kappa social sorority, a ministry team leader in the Catholic Student Group, member of the Senior Gift Committee, and a Trinity Distinguished Representative. She spoke at her high school graduation from St. Michael's Catholic Academy as class salutatorian.

At the undergraduate Commencement, the Dr. and Mrs. Z.T. Scott Faculty Fellowship Award will be announced recognizing a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and advising students. Dave Mansen, president of the Trinity University Alumni Association, also will welcome the new graduates into the association.

Trinity University is a nationally recognized liberal arts and sciences institution noted for its exceptional faculty and commitment to the comprehensive preparation of its talented student body. It is a learning community that has charted its course with a steadfast commitment to excellence since it was founded in 1869.

Susie P. Gonzalez is assistant director of University Communications and can be reached at