Convocation 2014: Story and Slideshows

Convocation 2014: Story and Slideshows

Posted: August 27, 2014

On Monday, August 25, 2014, some 102 students from across the country and abroad matriculated as freshmen at Thomas Aquinas College — the Class of 2018.

The morning began with a Mass of the Holy Spirit in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel, with the Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop of Denver, serving as the principal celebrant and homilist. His Excellency, clad in red vestments, was joined at the altar by the College’s four chaplains: Rev. Hildebrand Garceau, O.Praem.; Rev. Cornelius M. Buckley, S.J.; Rev. Paul Raftery, O.P.; and Rev. Michael Chaberek, O.P. Walking behind the clergy as they processed into the Chapel were members of the College’s Board of Governors and faculty, dressed in academic regalia.

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    Convocation 2014 Mass of the Holy Spirit
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    Convocation 2014 Mass of the Holy Spirit
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    Convocation 2014 Mass of the Holy Spirit
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    Convocation 2014 Mass of the Holy Spirit
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    Convocation 2014 Mass of the Holy Spirit
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    Convocation 2014 Mass of the Holy Spirit
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    Convocation 2014 Mass of the Holy Spirit
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    Convocation 2014 Mass of the Holy Spirit
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    Convocation 2014 Mass of the Holy Spirit
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    Convocation 2014 Mass of the Holy Spirit
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    Convocation 2014 Mass of the Holy Spirit
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    Convocation 2014 Mass of the Holy Spirit
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    Convocation 2014 Mass of the Holy Spirit
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    Convocation 2014 Mass of the Holy Spirit

Following the Mass, students, faculty, and staff convened in St. Joseph Commons for the Matriculation Ceremony. There, members of the Class of 2018 formally began their tenure as students when Director of Admissions Jon Daly called their names. Each approached the dais, greeting President Michael F. McLean and Archbishop Aquila, and then signed the College’s registry.

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    Slideshow: Matriculation 2014
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    Slideshow: Matriculation 2014
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    Slideshow: Matriculation 2014

In addition to the new students, the College welcomed its newest tutor, Dr. Marco Emerson. With Fr. Hilderband leading him, Dr. Emerson then made the Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity, as do all members of the College’s teaching faculty. Dr. McLean then formally welcomed the freshmen in his Matriculation remarks.

After Archbishop Aquila delivered his Matriculation Address to the members of the Class of 2018 — who hail from 6 countries and 30 states — he received a standing ovation. Dr. McLean then proclaimed the start of the new academic year. As in years past the students responded with loud applause. Members of the faculty and Board of Governors then processed out of the Commons as all sang “Immaculate Mary” in joyful anticipation of the new year, now at hand.

Frater Simeon Goodwin, O. Praem.

“At Thomas Aquinas College, I learned that the world makes sense. It was so wonderful to discover that there is a real order in things and that I could understand it.”

– Frater Simeon Goodwin, O. Praem. (’10)

St. Michael's Abbey, Orange County, Calif.

“I am most grateful for Thomas Aquinas College’s resolute fidelity to the Church and her teachings. The young people whom you serve certainly are being formed to think with the Church and to defend the Faith with courage and charity.”

– The Most Rev. William E. Lori

Archbishop of Baltimore

Chair of the USCCB's Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty

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