Saturday, May 16, marks the originally scheduled date for Thomas Aquinas College’s 2020 Commencement exercises, and even though the events will not take place as planned, the College will nonetheless celebrate and pray for its 95 newest alumni.

“Although we are unable to hold Commencement at this time, the College will still award degrees to all of our new graduates on May 16,” says Dean John Goyette, adding that diplomas will be mailed to the seniors’ homes. “And our chaplains will offer a special, livestreamed Mass for the seniors, accompanied by music from Dan Grimm (’76) and a small TAC choir. We hope that their fellow students, parents, and friends of the College will join us online to pray for the graduates.”

Meanwhile, plans are under way for a proper graduation ceremony, local restrictions permitting, in August or, if necessary, Memorial Day Weekend of 2021. “We will wait as long as we must,” says Dr. Goyette, “but one way or the other, we are determined to honor the Class of 2020 as soon as possible for its hard work and its gracious, faithful spirit in the face of adversity.”

The Mass for the Graduates will be livestreamed at 9:00 a.m. PDT on Saturday, May 16, from Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel. The Mass can be viewed in the embedded player below as well as from the Mass page on the College’s website and the College’s TAC YouTube channel.