On Wednesday, as members of the California Senior Class completed their last final examination, they greeted one another with hugs and congratulations on the academic quadrangle. After all arrived they then took part in a celebratory swim, which has traditionally been held in one of the campus ponds, but this year moved to the swimming pool at the newly completed Pope St. John Paul II Athletic Center.

The soon-to-be graduates then met up again at lunchtime in St. Joseph’s Commons for the Senior Boast. With as much noise and fanfare as possible, the seniors raucously announced how much work they have completed over the last four years — and how much remains for the juniors, sophomores, and freshmen — as measured in tutorial hours, seminar hours, final examinations, papers, and, of course, a senior thesis. There was even a passing reference or two to the pandemic. 

 Next up, the President’s Dinner. Congratulations to the Class of 2022!