SAN ANTONIO -- The Trinity University Board of Trustees voted Thursday to keep the words “in the year of our Lord” on its diplomas, according to a news release from the university.
The trustees approved a resolution acknowledging the institution’s heritage and culture and affirming a campus environment that fosters respect for differing opinions, including differences in religious beliefs and practices, the release stated.
“The Board’s decision reflects its desire to continue a Trinity tradition, and the words ‘in the year of our Lord’ are appropriate for the diploma given Trinity’s history and heritage,” said Walter R. Huntley, vice chairman of the Trinity Board of Trustees.
The Board also affirmed the university’s mission as a liberal arts and sciences institution, where students are informed and fortified by diversity, the news release said.
The university was founded in 1869 by Presbyterians, and it currently touts itself as a distinctive and diverse campus.
A campus organization called Trinity Diversity Connection had led an effort to have the diploma wording removed. A series of forums on campus addressed the issue.
Faculty members reportedly embraced the debate over the diploma wording as an opportunity for students to learn about the rights of a minority and majority regarding religious freedom and expression.