Commencement 2015: Information for Invited Guests

Commencement 2015: Information for Invited Guests

ScheduleAccommodationsDiningOutings & Attractions




Wednesday, May 13


9:00 a.m

Senior Theology Exam


5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

President’s Dinner
St. Joseph Commons
Seniors and their fiancés only


9:30 p.m.

Senior-Faculty Bowling


Thursday, May 14


12:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Senior Photos
Individual times vary


Friday, May 15


9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Commencement Practice for Seniors


4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

President’s Reception
Doheny Hacienda
Parents, seniors, and spouses & fiancés only


6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Alumni and Parents’ Associations Dinner for Graduates and their Families
Fresh grilled tacos

Behind St. Joseph Commons, under the canopy

The family of each graduate may receive up to four tickets free of charge, and additional tickets are available for $8 each. Members of the Class of 2015 and their parents can reserve their tickets online.


Saturday, May 16 


8:30 a.m.

Baccalaureate Mass for Seniors and their Families

Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

Principal celebrant: Rev. Joseph Illo
Pastor, Oratory-in-Formation at Star of the Sea Parish, San Francisco


11:00 a.m.

Commencement Exercises
Academic Quadrangle

Speaker: Sr. Regina Marie Gorman, O.C.D.
Vicar General of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

Luncheon immediately following in St. Joseph Commons


Monday, May 18


12:00 p.m.

Residence Halls Close


Caroline Johnson, M.D. (’97)

“The diverse and in-depth education I received at Thomas Aquinas College was extremely valuable, first and foremost, for my soul; but it also proved to be more beneficial for my vocation as a physician than all the ‘hard sciences’ combined, perfectly blending the practical with the philosophical, and allowing me to see Christ in all whom I treat.”

– Caroline Johnson, M.D. (’97)

Internal Medicine Hospitalist

“On behalf of the Church in Phoenix, I want to express my appreciation of the witness to Christ offered by the faculty, staff, and students of this exceptional institution, and to thank you for your love of learning and your desire to offer fitting worship to the Blessed Trinity.”

– Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted

Bishop of Phoenix