Traditionally graduation ceremonies are called “commencements” because they mark a new beginning — in the life of the graduates, to be sure, but also for the academic institution itself, as one class departs, thereby making room for the next. This spring’s Commencement exercises at Thomas Aquinas College will represent these sorts of new beginnings, but another significant one as well, as evidenced by the Commencement Speaker.
“We are greatly honored that the Most Rev. José H. Gomez has accepted my invitation to serve as the principal celebrant at this year’s Baccalaureate Mass and to deliver the Commencement Address,” says President Michael F. McLean.
The Commencement exercises, the 37th in the College’s history, will be held on campus on Saturday, May 14, and are open to the public. “His Excellency will have assumed the See of the Archdiocese only weeks before; we are therefore especially grateful that he will take the time to be with us,” the president adds. “We very much hope this year’s Commencement will be the first of many visits to our campus by our new ordinary.”
Dean Brian T. Kelly and President Michael F. McLean pictured with the incoming Archbishop of Los Angeles, the Most Rev. José Gomez, after His Excellency’s May 26, 2010, Mass of Reception at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.