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Photos: California Orientation 2019

Photos: California Orientation 2019

Posted: August 23, 2019

Thursday marked the first full day of Freshman Orientation for the members of Thomas Aquinas College’s California Class of 2023, who arrived Wednesday. The morning began with a student orientation, followed by Mass, registration, and the freshmen’s first seminar — an examination of C.S. Lewis’ “Learning in Wartime.” That evening the Freshman Soirée took place on the academic quadrangle:

  • California Orientation 2019 Freshman Soiree
    Slideshow: Freshman Soiree
  • California Orientation 2019 Freshman Soiree
    Slideshow: Freshman Soiree
  • California Orientation 2019 Freshman Soiree
    Slideshow: Freshman Soiree
  • California Orientation 2019 Freshman Soiree
    Slideshow: Freshman Soiree
  • California Orientation 2019 Freshman Soiree
    Slideshow: Freshman Soiree
  • California Orientation 2019 Freshman Soiree
    Slideshow: Freshman Soiree
  • California Orientation 2019 Freshman Soiree
    Slideshow: Freshman Soiree
  • California Orientation 2019 Freshman Soiree
    Slideshow: Freshman Soiree
  • California Orientation 2019 Freshman Soiree
    Slideshow: Freshman Soiree
  • California Orientation 2019 Freshman Soiree
    Slideshow: Freshman Soiree
  • California Orientation 2019 Freshman Soiree
    Slideshow: Freshman Soiree
  • California Orientation 2019 Freshman Soiree
    Slideshow: Freshman Soiree

A basketball tournament followed on the campus courts. First up was the women’s game, in which prefects soundly defeated the freshmen, 35-23:

  • California Orientation 2019 Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball tournament

The Class of ’23 got its revenge, however, in the subsequent men’s game, an exciting battle in which the freshmen bested the prefects, 31-25:

  • California Orientation 2019 Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men's basketball tournament
  • California Orientation 2019 Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men's basketball tournament

The Orientation events will continue through Friday, leading up to Convocation on Monday — the official start of the academic year.

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Archbishop of Sydney