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Slideshows & Video: <br>The President’s Reception and Taco Dinner, 2018

Slideshows & Video:
The President’s Reception and Taco Dinner, 2018

Posted: May 15, 2018

On the eve of Commencement 2018, Thomas Aquinas College President Michael F. McLean hosted a late-afternoon reception for members of the Senior Class in the newly completed St. Cecilia Hall.

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    Slideshow: The President’s Reception
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    Slideshow: The President’s Reception
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    Slideshow: The President’s Reception
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    Slideshow: The President’s Reception
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    Slideshow: The President’s Reception
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    Slideshow: The President’s Reception
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    Slideshow: The President’s Reception
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    Slideshow: The President’s Reception
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    Slideshow: The President’s Reception
  • Presidents Reception 2018
    Slideshow: The President’s Reception
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    Slideshow: The President’s Reception
  • Presidents Reception 2018
    Slideshow: The President’s Reception
  • Presidents Reception 2018
    Slideshow: The President’s Reception
  • Presidents Reception 2018
    Slideshow: The President’s Reception
  • Presidents Reception 2018
    Slideshow: The President’s Reception
  • Presidents Reception 2018
    Slideshow: The President’s Reception
  • Presidents Reception 2018
    Slideshow: The President’s Reception
  • Presidents Reception 2018
    Slideshow: The President’s Reception
  • Presidents Reception 2018
    Slideshow: The President’s Reception

Afterward, the College Parents’ and Alumni Associations jointly hosted their fourth annual dinner for graduates and their families in St. Joseph Commons. Tlaquepaque, a popular local Mexican restaurant, served fresh tacos with all the fixings. The dinner marked an opportunity for the Alumni Association to welcome its newest members, the Class of 2018, and for parents to learn how their relationship with the College can continue through the Parents’ Association and its community of faith.

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    Slideshow: Taco Dinner
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    Slideshow: Taco Dinner

As a token of their gratitude, the Associations presented each family with a bound copy of its student’s senior thesis, a note from Dr. McLean, and several Thomas Aquinas College stickers and postcards. Giorgio Navarini (’17) and his choral group of students and recent graduates, the Floriani, showed their appreciation by performing several a cappella songs for their friends and families. Two videos of their performances are available below:

Br. Robert Nesbit

“It was at the College when I began to take my faith seriously. The community life, all the people, the faculty, the staff — and the Mass — all that really helped.”

– Br. Robert Nesbit, O.S.B. (’07)

“On behalf of the Church in Phoenix, I want to express my appreciation of the witness to Christ offered by the faculty, staff, and students of this exceptional institution, and to thank you for your love of learning and your desire to offer fitting worship to the Blessed Trinity.”

– Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted

Bishop of Phoenix

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