MODG Graduation 2019: What You NEED to Know


Gwynith Hayden

The MODG graduating class of 2017 toss their hats after graduating.

Gwynith Hayden, Photo Editor

Are you ready for the MODG graduation 2019? Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know.


Friday, May 24th:

Event: Tour of Thomas Aquinas College 

Location: Thomas Aquinas College

Meet at Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel 

Time: 3 PM

Event: Rehearsal 

Location: Thomas Aquinas College

Meet at Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel 

Time: 4 PM

Event: Graduate pizza party 

Location: MODG Office

Time: 5 PM

Saturday, May 25th: 

Event: Graduation portraiture 

Location: Thomas Aquinas College

Meet behind St. Augustine’s Hall 

Time: 12-1

Event: Baccalaureate Mass

Location: Thomas Aquinas College, Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

Time: 1:30 PM

Event: Graduation Speaker 

Location: Thomas Aquinas College, St. Cecilia’s Hall

Time: 3 PM

Event: Reception and Dinner 

Location: Soule Park

Time: 4-7:30 PM, dinner at 5 PM


MODG Office: 407 Bryant Cir, Unit C, Ojai, CA 93023

Thomas Aquinas College: 10000 Ojai Rd, Santa Paula, CA 93060

Soule Park: 1033 E Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA, 93023


Weather is currently expected to be a high of 70ºF with periods of sun. There is a 30% chance of light rain the day of the graduation. We will update the weather here as the date approaches.


Casual outfits are acceptable for Friday activities and the reception after the graduation.

Appropriate formal attire should be worn for the baccalaureate Mass and commencement ceremony. Graduation robes and caps will be provided.

For girls, note that the robe reaches mid-calf and floor length dresses will be visible.

In the Area


There are many beautiful beaches in the area, so don’t miss out! A few beaches to start you out: San Buenaventura State Beach, Rincon Beach, Harbor Cove Beach


California is full of beautiful hikes! Right off the Thomas Aquinas College Campus is the Punchbowl hike. Or, head down to the Ventura River Preserve in Ojai and enjoy one of the many hikes there. Take a drive to Santa Barbara and explore one of the botanical garden walks.

Family Activities

The whole family can come on one of these California outings! A few destinations you should add to your list: the San Buenaventura Mission, the Santa Barbara Mission, the Reagan Library, the Griffith Observatory, the MOXI Museum


There are dozens of wonderful places to stop for a meal in the area! Here are a few local stops to try.

Recommended Santa Paula Restaurants: Garman’s Pub, Rabalais Bistro

Recommended Ojai Restaurants: Sea Fresh, Boccali’s, Agave Maria, Ojai Pizza