Commencement 2016: Information for Invited Guests

Commencement 2016: Information for Invited Guests

ScheduleAccommodationsDiningOutings & Attractions




Friday, May 13


9:45 – 11:00 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 $10 each. Members of the Class of 2016 and their parents can reserve their tickets online.


Saturday, May 14


8:30 a.m.

Baccalaureate Mass for Seniors and their Families

Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

Principal celebrant: The Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone
Archbishop of San Francisco


11:00 a.m.


Commencement Exercises
Academic Quadrangle

Speaker: Archbishop Cordileone 

Luncheon immediately following in St. Joseph Commons


Monday, May 16


12:00 p.m.

Residence Halls Close


Brooks Braden

“At my alma mater and in the Marines, hard work and high standards are the norm.”

– Major Brooks Braden (’97)

Judge Advocate, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves

“I thank you so much for what you are doing at Thomas Aquinas College. I hope there will always be a Thomas Aquinas College. Your contributions to the Church and the world are marvelous to behold.”

– John Cardinal O’Connor (†)

Archbishop of New York