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At the start of the afternoon recreation period, came one of the favorite California Summer Program events: the quad run!

A member of the College’s most recent graduating class, Thomas Graf (’19) is featured in the latest edition of Catholic Answers magazine.

Props in the classroom, hoops on the basketball court

Students may have woken up a little groggy this morning after a hyper-stimulating weekend, but they were nonetheless ready to get back to work.

Administrators and students workers at the College’s East Coast campus took a well-deserved break this weekend with a trip to Newport, Rhode Island.

We now have a full report — and photos! — from Sunday at the California High School Summer Program.

Sunday in the California High School Summer Program

In addition to the wonderful photos we’ve already posted from Saturday, we now have some spectacular aerial videography as well!

“It is very important that we conform ourselves to the natural world, that we immerse ourselves in the natural world,” Fr. Sebastian told the High School Summer Program students.

Photos from sports, dance class, sing-along, Arts Night, and more!

On July 16, the Blessed Solemnity of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Maggie Conklin (’17) entered the novitiate with the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles.

Can we know by reason that God exists?

A High School Summer Program student, Alberto from Fontana, California, has taken some beautiful photos of the campus, which he has graciously agreed to share with this blog’s readers.

Thursday has been a whirlwind for the students on the 2019 High School Summer Program — and it’s only just begun!

Sports, Study Hall, Adoration, and … the first dance class!

In gratitude for the tremendous generosity that makes their Catholic liberal education possible, a few students have put together a video to the College’s benefactors:

Well prepared from their diligent reading at study hall last night, the California High School Program students dove into Genesis at this morning’s class.

New England news, photos and more!

Two days in, the students of the California Summer Program seems to be settling into a routine.

After a busy Monday afternoon and evening, students woke up refreshed and ready to go on Tuesday morning. Some  even got out of bed early!

First recreation period, first study hall, first coffee shop: photos and more!

Updates and photos from the first full day on campus

The 2019 California Summer Great Books Program for High School Students is under way!

The final installment in our three-part series introducing the prefects for this year’s High School Summer Program.

Yesterday we began a three-part series introducing the prefects for this year’s California High School Summer Program. Here is part 2.

The 2019 California High School Summer Program is just five days away! Until then, you can now “meet” them, virtually, through the following profiles (part one of three).

The Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Association held its largest-ever West Coast Dinner Saturday night, as some 260 alumni returned to campus.

“With the advent of our New England campus, we look forward, over time, to renewing the face of the earth by educating a much larger number of alumni just like yourselves.”

A note from Zoe Appleby, head women’s prefect for the 2019 Great Books Summer Program

Sr. Bridget Coughlin (’13) has joined the Dominican Nuns at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey.

In preparation for the opening of its new campus this fall, Thomas Aquinas College has named its first New England chaplain.

his spring Nnadozie Onyekuru (’17) completed his studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School, where he earned a master’s degree in global affairs.

In late June the College hosted a retreat for permanent deacons serving the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Santa Barbara pastoral region.

For the 2019 Week of Giving, friends of the College helped to raise more than $510,993.

On the evening of Friday, June 28 members of the Thomas Aquinas College participated in WorldPriest’s annual Global Rosary Relay.

The Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop of Springfield, will consecrate the New England campus’ century-old chapel in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

For the first time, Thomas Aquinas College will hold two Convocation ceremonies this August, with two Convocation Speakers.

For the last seven days, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities has featured Thomas Aquinas College as its “School of the Week.”

Please pray for the repose of the soul John Kaiser (’07),  who, after a long illness, passed away on June 20.


Officials of Thomas Aquinas College are on the campus of the recently shuttered Newbury College, retrieving a wide array of furniture and other items

An online aggregator of college-review guides has ranked Thomas Aquinas College No. 76 on its 2019 list of the 500 Best Colleges and Universities.

Real to Reel, the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts’ weekly TV news program, recently aired a report about the College’s plans to open a second campus.

After 12 years as a Surface Warfare Officer for the United States Navy, Lieutenant Commander Josh Bergen (’05) recently transitioned to a Foreign Area Officer.

Dr. Matthew Peterson (’01), vice president of education at the Claremont Institute, recently gave the Commencement Address at Providence Christian College.

Meet some of the 34 California freshmen who plan to transfer to New England in the fall.

Bishop Barron, Commencement, photos, and more!

His Eminence Joseph W. Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R.,  conferred Holy Orders upon Rev. Andrew J. De Silva (’03), making him Thomas Aquinas College’s 73rd alumnus priest.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of alumnus Douglas Alexander (’77), who passed away on May 18. 

On the eve of Commencement 2019, President Michael F. McLean hosted a late-afternoon reception for members of the Senior, followed by a Taco Dinner.

Jane Forsyth (’11), a doctoral student at The Catholic University of America, has won the 2019 Eleanor Clark Prize for best essay by a junior scholar.

Dr. Carol Day — a renowned hiker, trailblazer, and bushwhacker — visits Mt. Monadnock, site of a planned New England Summer Program excursion.

Former Olympic athlete, now a master's student in international relations, writes about Russia and looks forward to internship with Holy See

Ojai-based photographer Timothy Teague is now offering his newest photos, both for viewing and for purchase, via his online Thomas Aquinas College Gallery.

This summer the High School Great Books Program will be available for the first time on the College’s new campus in Northfield, Massachusetts, 100 miles west of Boston.

“This is your moment to meet this crucial moral challenge,” he said at the commencement for Thomas Aquinas College.

Brandon Ristoff (’17) was the student speaker at the school’s 2019 graduation ceremony, where he formally received his Master of Public Policy degree.

On May 11, Thomas Aquinas College celebrated its 45th Commencement Exercises, honoring the 83 members of the Class of 2019.

At its 2019 Commencement exercises, Thomas Aquinas College awarded its highest honor, the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion, to the Most Rev. Robert E. Barron.

After Wednesday’s President’s Dinner, members of the Class of 2019 undertook some late night bowling.

Only minutes after their graduation, Tom Macik (’19) and Patrick Nazeck (’19) received their commissions as officers in the U.S. Marine Corps.

“It is indeed a high honor for me to be speaking to the 2019 graduating class of Thomas Aquinas College, an institution that I have admired for decades.”

Each year the president of Thomas Aquinas College hosts a dinner on the Wednesday before Commencement to bid farewell to the graduating class.

Seniors dive in the ponds and boast in the Commmons.

When members of the Class of 2019 arrive at the President’s Dinner, awaiting them at each place setting will be a gift from the College — and one from an anonymous friend.

The College’s May 11 Commencement exercises will be available, in full, via livestream.

College Factual has ranked Thomas Aquinas College within the top 1 percent in the United States — No. 8 overall — on its list of “The 1,510 Best Colleges for the Money.”

Catholic apologist and Relevant Radio host Patrick Madrid will speak to friends of Thomas Aquinas College as they cruise the Chicago River on the evening of June 15.

Last weekend members of the Class of 2021 took a break from their studies for Sophomore Beach Day. The highlight of the evening was a fire poi performance from Garin Ballard (’21):

By day’s end, parents and grandparents donated $141,011.35, which — when combined with the matching gifts — amounts to $276,011.35 in support of the College’s Annual Fund.

Thanks to the tremendous support of many, the College has reached its initial goal for the second annual Parents’ Day of Giving!

Last Saturday evening the juniors hosted a reception for the Class of 2019 at the Hacienda, followed by dinner in the Chapel plaza and a dance behind St. Gladys Hall.

In assembling their latest college rankings, the editors of Forbes claim to have produced “the definitive guide for those looking for an excellent return on their college investment.”

In the final days of Easter Recess, a group of freshmen who will transfer to Thomas Aquinas College’s new campus in the fall paid a quick visit to their future home.

This year a Summer Seminar will be offered — for the first time — on the College’s new campus in Northfield, Massachusetts.

For a brief time, the work, the studies, the myriad activities that dominate campus life cease. Thoughts and hearts turn to Our Lord, His sacrifice, and His ultimate triumph.

Gwynith Hayden of MODG News has produced a video report about the College’s April 7 New England Open House.

Homily from Mass at Thomas Aquinas College’s April New England Open House

Please pray, too, for His Eminence Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo and a friend of Thomas Aquinas College.

A generous benefactor of the College, Mr. Ruopp was a member of its Board of Governors for 37 years, serving as chairman from 1986 to 1992.

Please pray for the Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., who passed away April 17 at the age of 91, following a lengthy illness.

As part of their long farewell tour, members of the Class of 2019 gathered with the freshmen Sunday for a “midnight snack.”

New England Open House, Faith in Action, photos & more!

The congregation processed through the academic quadrangle and into Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel.

Nearly 300 prospective students, parents, teachers, and friends came to the Open House, which drew guests from throughout the Northeast.

This past Sunday the sophomores prepared and served an elegant, outdoor brunch for the Class of 2019, complete with many heartfelt toasts.


Alumnus attorney David A. Shaneyfelt (’81) has turned his attention to the most significant criminal proceeding in the history of jurisprudence: the trial of Jesus Christ.


On Saturday evening the Class of 2022 hosted a dance for the first time, staging a “V-Day” themed event on the St. Gladys Patio.

Franz Wall (’16) has been admitted to the Navy Health Professional Scholarship Program, under which he will receive a full scholarship to dental school.

Following its initial reports about Thomas Aquinas College’s forthcoming New England campus, MODG News has produced a new video about the endeavor.

On Sunday, Chrysostomos, a student choir directed by Isaac Cross (’19), performed its spring concert in St. Cecilia Hall.

“NORTHFIELD – A new college campus opening here in the fall will host an open house Sunday afternoon, April 7.”

Two of the country’s preeminent Catholic commentators have offered strong praise for Thomas Aquinas College and its continued success.

University Faculty for Life has awarded its Rupert and Timothy Smith Award for Distinguished Contributions to Pro-Life Scholarship to Dr. Thomas A. Cavanaugh (’85).

“Whether it is Sinful to Desire Happiness: Martin Luther’s Critique of Aristotelianism,” by Pater Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist. (’06)

As part of their Lenten observance, as many as 50 students have taken part in the 40 Days for Life prayer vigils outside the Ventura, California, Planned Parenthood.

On Sunday, Thomas Aquinas College students performed in the second of this year’s two informal concerts, or “Schubertiades,” in St. Cecilia Hall.

Fifteen racers took turns, during which they sprinted, in pairs, a clockwise course around the academic quadrangle, beginning and ending by St. Bernardine of Siena Library. 

The Office of Career Services recently hosted a panel on journalism featuring two notable professionals: Mr. Sohrab Ahmari and Dr. Matthew Peterson (’01).


On Saturday, March 23, the St. Genesius Players treated Thomas Aquinas College students, faculty, and families to a production of Sophocles’ Antigone.

“I was so excited when Thomas Aquinas College of California announced they were opening an East Coast campus in Northfield, Massachusetts, a mere hour north of my home.”

Two members of the College’s Board of Governors have agreed to match all gifts made to the College in the final days of Fiscal Year — up to $150,00 total!

In honor of the Holy Family, Thomas Aquinas College will hold its first annual Parents’ Day of Giving on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.