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At its commencement ceremonies this past weekend, the University of Notre Dame honored a Thomas Aquinas College tutor, Dr. Joshua Noble (’10). 

“The launch of a student-led business club at Thomas Aquinas College has already begun to pay off,” writes Megan Mineiro of the Pacific Coast Business Times.

After two years of vigorous legal battle, an alumni-led legal team has succeeded in overturning California’s assisted-suicide law.

Photographs of the Class of 2018 and this year’s Commencement exercises are now available, for viewing and for purchase, from Ojai-based photographer Timothy Teague.

Photos from the two events held the night before Commencement 2018

At Commencement 2018, the College awarded its highest honor, the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion, to the Most. Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin.

“The Search for Truth and Freedom”

On May 12, Thomas Aquinas College celebrated its 44th Commencement Exercises, honoring the 90 members of the Class of 2018.

After much reminiscing and toasting at the end of Wednesday night’s President’s Dinner, members of the Class of 2018 weren’t ready to retire just yet.

“Go forth filled with courage and with hope, for we know Christ is with us even to the consummation of the world.”

On Wednesday, after members of the Senior Class completed their last final examination, they headed down to the campus ponds for a celebratory swim.

College guides, reflections of an incoming freshman, photos & more!

When members of the Class of 2018 arrive at the President’s Dinner this evening, awaiting them will be a gift from the College — and one from an anonymous friend.

“Here, at this college, you will find Me. ‘I who am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’”

College Factual has ranked Thomas Aquinas College as No. 4 in the United States on its lists of 1,325 “Best Colleges for the Money.”

Last Saturday evening the juniors hosted a a farwell reception and dinner for the Class of 2018.

Above is a video of “In a Doleful Train,” from the Thomas Aquinas College Choir’s recent performance of Patience, by Gilbert and Sullivan. 

St. Agnes School in St. Paul, Minnesota, recently announced the newest member of its faculty: Sr. Mary Margaret O’Brien, O.P. (’00).

When members of the Class of 2018 receive their diplomas at the May 12 Commencement exercises, friends and family members will be able to watch live.

For the first annual Parents’ Day of Giving, parents and grandparents were challenged to raise $75,000. By day’s end, they had easily eclipsed that total.

Oon Saturday the campus athletic fields were the site of the 2018 All-American Baseball Game.

As part of their long farewell tour, members of the Class of 2016 gathered with the freshmen Sunday for a “midnight snack.”

Regularly updated stories and photos about the Class of 2018

The seniors won for the second year in a row, besting the tutors by a score of 4-2.

Seniors celebrated by burning drafts of their papers at a public, informal ceremony.

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

This past Sunday the sophomores served an elegant, outdoor brunch for the Class of 2018, complete with many heartfelt toasts.

An end-of-the-year dance, Chez Martin has become one of Thomas Aquinas College’s most popular annual events.

In the new edition of The Newman Guide, the Cardinal Newman Society recommends Thomas Aquinas College as one of 17 institutions with a strong Catholic identity.

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.

It was a reunion of sorts for Thomas Aquinas College alumni living in greater Phoenix on April 13.

Mr. Colombini proposes a (partial) return to “analog” technologies, which allow for a slower, more deliberate and deliberative pace of life than their digital replacements.

Inspired by a classic scene from Chariots of Fire, the students of Thomas Aquinas College staged their own, now-annual quad run this past weekend.

On Friday evening the Thomas Aquinas College Choir, under the direction of Daniel J. Grimm (’76), performed Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience.

Fire recovery, New England update, career panels, photos & more!

On Sunday evening, the rafters of St. Joseph Commons were festooned with flags from around the world for an event called Cor Unum, or “One Heart.”

On Saturday evening the freshmen hosted a “Casino Royale” themed dance for the Class of 2018 in the recently completed St. Cecilia Hall.

Dr. Mary Dzon (’95) has thoroughly documented and examined the various ​apocryphal accounts of the Christ Child.

To celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy, Chaplain Rev. Robert Marczewski, led a Eucharistic procession across the campus after Sunday’s 11:30 a.m. Mass.

How the College’s students can make the most of those opportunities —was the subject of the forum, sponsored by the College’s Office of Career Advisement.

Christopher Zehnder (’87) was a recent guest on EWTN’s Journey Home, where he told the story of his conversion to the Catholic faith.

In mid-March, students performed in the second of this year’s two informal concerts, or “Schubertiades” —first ever to be held in the newly completed St. Cecilia Hall.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently announced that he has hired William ‘Billy’ Gribbin Jr. (’10) as his new communications strategist and chief speechwriter.

Thanks to the generosity of the Edwin L. Wiegand Trust, the College will be even better prepared should a natural disaster ever strike campus, as it did last December.

A faithful benefactor of nearly 50 years, the Dan Murphy Foundation of Los Angeles has awarded Thomas Aquinas College a $511,000 grant to aid in its Thomas Fire Recovery efforts.

“[T]he school’s timeline for approval from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education is still within what the state officials considers normal.”

Alumnus cartoonist Pat Cross (’14) responds to a Washington Post columnist’s claim that she would have aborted her own children had they been diagnosed, in utero, with Down Syndrome.

From “Catholic Professor Calls for a New Reformation—In Architecture,” by Ryan McPherson, Empire State Tribune

The College now  hopes to open a New England campus in August, 2019, contingent upon the approval of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

Members of the College community gathered in the coffe shop of the newly completed St. Cecilia Hall for the annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

As a precautionary measure, we will undergo a voluntary evacuation.

The Ultimate Frisbee season is coming to an end …

In the newly completed St. Cecilia Hall, a group of theatrically minded students staged a murder mystery based loosely on the board game “Clue.”

Footage from Act III, Scene 1, of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which the St. Genesius Players of Thomas Aquinas College performed on March 3:

St. Cecilia Hall, Bishop Barron, photos & more!

After months of hard work, members of the Class of 2018 submitted the final versions of their theses on Saturday, March 10.

On March 7 members of the Thomas Aquinas College community celebrated the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas with a fitting combination of prayer, scholarship, and fun.

“Compost piles are still smoldering on the campus of Thomas Aquinas College …”

St. Thomas Day Lecture by Dr. Steven A. Long, professor of political science, Ave Maria University

On March 7, the alumni of Thomas Aquinas College — aided by the generosity of College Governor Berni Neal and her husband, Rob — raised $38,500 for their alma mater.

Who is Marcel Van? If you don’t know, see a recently published essay by alumna author Suzie Andres (’87) on CatholicExchange

“How do you confront the Culture of Death — a materialistic, secular, godless culture — when you’re immersed in it?” asks Rev. Jerome Zeiler, O.P. (’00).

On March 3 the St. Genesius Players treated Thomas Aquinas College students, faculty, and families to a production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

College Governor Berni Neal and her husband, Rob, have offered to match all alumni donations made to the College on March 7, up to $10,000!

On February 25, Grammy Award–winning pianist Peter Serkin presented the inaugural concert for St. Cecilia Hall.

The family of Rose (Teichert ’76) Grimm reports that she has been diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer and will soon undergo aggressive treatment.

Students gathered in St. Joseph Commons on Wednesday night for this semi-annual, informal showcase of musical talents.

The Most Rev. Robert Barron, paid an informal visit to its Santa Paula campus Wednesday evening, where he met, dined with, and offered Mass for the College’s students.

“I believe this is how God is calling me to live my faith,” Jose said, noting that he’d never sought out volunteer opportunities, but that they always come to him.

By Dr. Mary Nichols, professor of political science, Baylor University

The News Tribune of Tacoma, Washington, has named Angela (Andersen ’87) Connelly as one of the six reader-columnists who will grace its pages for the upcoming year.

Urgent prayers are requested for Rose (Teichert ’76) Grimm.

Beginning on Mother’s Day, May 13, and ending on May 21, the chaplains of Thomas Aquinas College will offer a novena of Masses in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel.

Students celebrated Mardi Gras a few days early this year with a Saturday-night dance, the first ever to be held in the newly completed St. Cecilia Concert and Lecture.

Commencement Speaker 2018, Walk for Life, photos & more

Throughout Lent, the College invites its friends to pray the Stations of the Cross, along with our students, daily.

Photos from the annual event

Thomas Aquinas College graduate and tutor Dr. Michael Augros (’92) is one of four “excellent authors” whose work is considered in a new book review on CatholicCulture.org.

Joining David Shaneyfelt (’81) in the newly released list of Southern California Super Lawyers — the top 5 percent of attorneys in the region — is fellow alumnus Raymond Tittmann (’94).

The Most. Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin, has accepted President Michael F. McLean’s invitation to serve as Thomas Aquinas College’s 2018 Commencement Speaker.

On Friday evening, in honor of the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, Chaplain Rev. David Gonzalez, O.Praem., led a small group of students in a candlelit procession around the campus.

“Thomas Aquinas College, owner of the Northfield campus, added another accolade to its resume this month when its original Santa Paula, Calif., campus was ranked on Kiplinger’s 2018 Best Values list.”

Homily, eulogy, and memorial video slideshow from the funeral of Roy Rohter, a longtime friend and benefactor of Thomas Aquinas College.

Alumnus attorney David A. Shaneyfelt (’81) has been named to the 2018 edition of Super Lawyers — an annual roster of top attorneys within various regions of the United States.

“Elena Zepeda saw the fire when it was just a glow on a hill next to the Thomas Aquinas College campus the evening of Dec. 4.”

More than 200 Thomas Aquinas College students traveled to San Francisco for the 14th annual Walk for Life West Coast.

After the close of classes on Friday, more than 200 students met up behind St. Joseph Commons to begin their pilgrimage to San Francisco and the Walk for Life West Coast.

The cider house, owned by alumni Anna (Dunlap) and Dominic O’Reilly (both ’12), had begun bottling its initial run when the fire wiped out $15,000 in product alone.

Two students from last year’s High School Summer Program —Abigail F. and Hope A. — had a reunion of sorts in Washington, D.C., earlier this week for the March for Life.

“Joseph is a fruitful bough” (Gen 49:22): The Patriarch, His Seed, and the Messiah
 

Members of the Board of Governors, students, faculty, and staff met in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday for OneLife LA.

The College’s Lithuanian librarian, Viltis Jatulis, hosted a soirée, like those portrayed in Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, for members of the Senior Class.