Convocation 2014: Story and Slideshows
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.
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.
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.
“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 deeply touched by the quality of the intellectual and spiritual formation that you offer. The study of philosophy should lead to a conviction that truth can be known, articulated, and defended. Your college shows that this is possible, and on a high level!”
– Rev. Wojciech Giertych, O.P.
Theologian of the Papal Household