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Video: Commencement 2012
Video: Commencement 2012



Slideshow: Commencement 2012
Slideshows: Commencement 2012    


Thomas Aquinas College Classic 2012
Golf Classic 2012 


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Seniors Celebrate
Year's End


Junior Class Music Tutorial

Junior Class Music Tutorial


Photo: What The Class of 2012 Has Read

What the Class of 2012 Has Read




West Coast Meeting of the Society for Aristotelian Studies
June 14-15


Admissions Visit: Lansing, Mich.
June 15


Admissions Visit: Fredericksburg, Va.
June 22


Fourth Annual Conference on the Social Doctrine of the Church
June 22-24


Alumni Association Dinner
June 30


Summer Seminar Weekend #1 for President's Council Members  
July 6-7 


Summer Seminar Weekend #2 for President's Council Members  
July 13-14 


High School Summer Program 
July 22 - August 4 


Religious Freedom Seminar at the Napa Institute  
July 26 


August 20


Admissions Visit: Santa Clara, Calif.
September 13


College Formally Protests HHS Mandate

In the May 20 issue of the National Catholic Register, members of the College's Board of Governors and faculty published a full-page open letter to President Barack Obama opposing the HHS mandate that would compel Catholic employers to violate Church teaching on matters of life and conscience. Two weeks later, the College voiced its opposition in a more formal way, filing an official comment with the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel




College Graduates 66 Seniors

On May 12 Thomas Aquinas College celebrated its 38th Commencement exercises, welcoming the 66 members of the Class of 2012 as its newest alumni. The day began with the Baccalaureate Mass in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel. The College’s head chaplain, Rev. Cornelius M. Buckley, S.J., served as the principal celebrant and homilist. At the ceremony that followed, Mother M. Assumpta Long, O.P, foundress and prioress general of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, delivered the Commencement Address. The College's Board of Governors awarded the school's highest honor, the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion, to Mother Assumpta in recognition of her extraordinary dedication and faithful service to Christ and His Church. Receiving the Medallion also were two of the College’s founders, Mr. Peter L. DeLuca and Dr. John W. Neumayr.

Address: Mother M. Assumpta Long, O.P.
Homily: Rev. Cornelius Buckley, SJ.
Senior Address: James W. Thompson ('12)
Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion Recipients


Commencement 2012




Alumnus Presents Graduate with
Marine Corps Commission

Three years ago, only hours after receiving his diploma as a member of the Thomas Aquinas College Class of 2009, Robert Mohun returned to the stage at the foot of the academic quadrangle for a very different sort of ceremony. There Mr. Mohun became 2nd Lt. Mohun, accepting his commission as a member of the United States Marine Corps. Three years later, on Commencement Day 2012, now-1st. Lt. Mohun returned to the stage on the academic quadrangle, this time not to receive a commission, but to present one to a fellow graduate. A few hours after his own graduation, Noel Bulger, a member of the Class of 2012, formally became 2nd Lt. Bulger. He is the sixth Thomas Aquinas College alumnus to join the ranks of Marine Corps officers over the last few years.

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Marine Coprs Commissioning Ceremony




Memorial Ordinations Bring Total to 55

Over Memorial Day weekend two alumni of Thomas Aquinas College were ordained to the sacred priesthood, bringing to 55 the total number of alumni priests. The two new priests are Rev. Jerome Augustine Zeiler, O.P. (’00), a member of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, and Rev. Fadi Auro (’03), a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Fr. Zeiler and Fr. Auro are the first of five alumni to be ordained to the priesthood this summer. The others are: Rev. Mr. Joseph Bolin, Class of 2001 (Diocese of Vienna, June 15); Rev. Mr. Francis Marotti, Class of 2007 (Diocese of Kalamazoo, June 23); and Frater Maximilian Okapal, O.Praem., Class of 2002 (Norbertine Fathers, June 23).

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Fr. Zeiler and Fr. Aurio





Ventura County Star Profiles College
Vice President Paul J. O'Reilly

From the May, 21, 2012 edition of the Ventura County Star: “Paul O’Reilly grew up Catholic in a Protestant neighborhood in Belfast during the Troubles, when religious and political hostilities exploded across Ireland. So perhaps it comes as no surprise that his young life was marked by hatred, violence and murder. But ask O'Reilly about those times, back when he was a teenager, and he'll tell you it was the generosity of family, not bitterness, that formed him.”

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Paul J. O'Reilly








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