Commencement Ceremonies

St. Thomas Aquinas College’s 58th Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 8, 2015, 2PM, Front Lawn, Main Campus

St. Thomas Aquinas College’s 58th Commencement Ceremonies will be held on the College’s front lawn on Friday, May 8, 2PM, weather permitting, announced Dr. Margaret M. Fitzpatrick, S.C., President of the College.

In the event of inclement weather, the College will move its ceremony to Aquinas Hall and the ticket holder policy will be in effect.               If necessary, the College will announce the change in venue by Thursday, May 7th.

Campus Safety
Visitors and guests should not bring backpacks or large bags to campus unless necessary on May 8th. Local law enforcement along with the College’s Safety and Security Staff will be on campus during the event to ensure the safety of all guests and participants.

Inclement Weather
The College’s ticketholder policy will be put into effect should the event be moved in doors due to weather. Aquinas Hall can only accommodate the graduates and two guests along with the administration and faculty necessary to complete Commencement. Graduates are provided two tickets each for the event and they must be handed to the Safety and Security Staff upon entrance to the event if the event is moved indoors. There are no tickets necessary for an outdoor ceremony.

In addition, the College will web cast the event to remote locations on its campus, including the Lougheed Library and various large classrooms along with the McNelis Commons Dining Hall, but only in the event of an indoor ceremony. These locations are set up for guests who did not expect an indoor ceremony and do not hold one of two tickets provided to the graduates.

The Ceremony
Edward Ludwig, the former Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Becton, Dickinson and Company, will give the Commencement Address to the graduates, who will be awarded Masters, Bachelor’s and Associate Degrees during the ceremony.

Mr. Ludwig will receive an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree; Mr. John J. Fareri and Mrs. Brenda Fareri will both receive honorary degrees. The Fareri's ,commitment to children's healthcare after losing their young daughter Maria to a fatal disease, helped to create the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. Mr. Fareri will receive the Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree. Mrs. Fareri will receive the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. General John M. Keane, President of GSI Consulting and a retired four-star general after completing 37 years of service to the United States. General Keane last served as Acting Chief of Staff and Vice Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army. General Keane will receive the Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree.

Marisa Whelan, President Emeritus of the Student Government Association, and Kristina DiRe, President of the Class of 2015, will also address the graduates.

Various student awards will include Class Service Awards; the Terence Cardinal Cooke Award will be given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding and meritorious service; the Francis Cardinal Spellman Award will be given to a student(s) for the highest academic excellence in the undergraduate program; the Sr. Regina Rosaire Dolan Award will be given to the student with the highest academic excellence in the Teacher Education graduate program; Faculty Emerita status will be conferred upon Sr. Joan Beairsto, O.P., a retiring faculty member who was the very first graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas College in 1958; Faculty Emeritus status will be conferred upon Dr. Carl Rattner, a retiring Professor of Art, who began at the College in 1967.

Weather Related Announcements

Any weather related announcements will appear on this page. Should the college be on a delayed opening, close early, or be closed for a day due to inclement weather for example, an announcement will be posted here.

For the spring 2015 semester, classes started January 20th and run through Friday, May 1. Click here for the Academic Calendar 2014-15.

The College operates on a regular daily schedule and the Admissions Office is open five days per week with some events scheduled for Saturdays or Sundays. For updated information about events at the college return to our home page and click on Calendar. Please check our calendar on the home page for a full schedule of events.  Admissions Tours are available most weekdays. Prospective students and parents can tour the campus with a guide and learn more about St. Thomas Aquinas College. Call 845-398-4100 or visit for reservations. 

Spring 2015 Summary: 
Saturday, January 24: The College cancelled all Saturday Classes for Saturday, January 24, 2015 due to the snow event.

Monday, Tuesday, January 26, 27: The College opened at its regular time after alerting all student and employees that there would be an early closing on Monday. In addition, the College notified all constituents that the College would be closed on Tuesday, January 27th. The College updated its plan and closed even earlier at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, January 26th after originally notifying all constituents that the closing would be at 2:30 p.m. 

Monday, February 2, 2015: 
The College was closed for the day on Monday, February 2, 2015.  
Originally, the College planned to open late. That message was distributed on Sunday evening and was updated to closed. 
Throughout any weather event, the College's Campus Safety & Security, Maintenance, Housing, and Aramark Food Service Staff, all continue to operate when resident students are on campus. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015: St. Thomas Aquinas College opened at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. 
The College's Administrative Offices opened at 9:30 a.m. and the first class time started at 9:50 a.m.
Throughout any weather event, the College's Campus Safety & Security, Maintenance, Housing, and Aramark Food Service Staff, continue when resident students are on campus. 

Monday, February 9, 2015: 
The College's Administrative Offices opened at 11 a.m. The first class time started at 11:25 a.m. All classes prior to 11:25 a.m. cancelled. The College then updated to closed starting at 1 p.m. No classes after 1 p.m. Administrative Offices closed at 1 p.m.

Monday, March 2, 2015: 
The College opened at 11 a.m. today due to the road conditions impacted by the weather. The 1st class time was at 11:25 a.m. All events and activities ran as normal, but not until after 11 a.m. All classes that started prior to 11:25 a.m. were cancelled.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015: The College closed at 5:30 p.m. due the inclement weather.  All classes ended at 5:30 p.m. and all classes after 5:30 p.m. were cancelled.  All events and activities scheduled were cancelled.

Thursday, March 5, 2015: The College was closed for the day and evening. All day and evening classes were cancelled. All activities and events were been cancelled.