THOMPSON, CONN. – Trinity Foundation Board Member and Marianapolis alumnus Brett Marston ‘90 will deliver this year’s commencement address, on June 5, to the Class of 2022.
Raised in Brooklyn, CT, Marston arrived at Marianapolis in 1986. With encouragement from former faculty member Thomas Juko, Marston applied to an exchange program and studied abroad in West Berlin during his junior year.
After graduating from Marianapolis, Marston received his B.A. in German from Davidson College, his M.A. in Political Science from Yale University, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Marston has served as an Assistant Political Science Professor at SUNY Oswego, Director of Journals and Publication at Georgetown University Law Center, and Associate and Special Counsel at Arnold & Porter and Wiley Rein LLP, respectively.
During an alumni event in the D.C. area, Marston connected with Head of School Joe Hanrahan and eventually accepted a position on the Trinity Foundation Board of Directors. As a board member, Marston has been glad to work with driven colleagues and an administration that truly cares about its students. He has witnessed the School’s expansion — both in size and in scope of program offerings — to include a partnership with Nguyen Hoang Group (NHG) and the establishment of SNA Marianapolis in Biên Hòa, Vietnam.
“What I’m most excited about is the promise of the next 20 years at the School, honestly,” noted Marston. “I feel like it’s a school that’s seeking to adapt to new environments, while remaining grounded in its traditions.”
In his address, Marston will celebrate resilience in the face of challenges — namely, challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the last two years.
“[...] I’m honored to be a part of a celebration, not just of this year, but a celebration of resilience and reflection on these experiences. These have been incredibly challenging times for students and their parents, and that needs to be acknowledged. I’m hoping that when we come together for graduation, I can help to put some focus on that and thank everyone.”