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College Celebrates <br>New Year with Family Picnics on Both Coasts

College Celebrates
New Year with Family Picnics on Both Coasts

Posted: September 12, 2019

Three thousand miles and three hours apart, the two campuses of Thomas Aquinas College both celebrated the new academic year on Saturday with an All-College Picnic, with students, faculty, staff, and their families getting together for an evening of food and fun.

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On the New England campus, the festivities began with a competitive game of soccer and a refreshing slip-n-slide. The group then gathered on the central campus lawn for the picnic. After eating and enjoying the sunset, all joined to sing hymns and Irish tunes around a bonfire while sophomores served hot chocolate and caramel apples:

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Three hours later, the California event began with an inter-class tug-of-war, which the seniors won handily. Then the Californians took a dive on their own slip-n-slide — and a few went swimming in the campus ponds — followed by the picnic itself. The afternoon provided an opportunity for upperclassmen to reconnect after the summer and to get to know members of the Freshman Class.

“Thomas Aquinas College is doing on the undergraduate level exactly what should be done. The College's alumni and alumnae prove that with this kind of education you can go on and do anything.”

– Dr. Ralph McInerny (†)

Scholar and Writer

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