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Bridget F. Clark

St. Thomas Aquinas College Slates 53rd Commencement For Friday, May 14th

Archbishop Dolan to address graduates

(SPARKILL, NY – May 3, 2010) -- St. Thomas Aquinas College’s 53rd Commencement is scheduled for Friday, May 14th at 2 p.m.  400 students will graduate with associate, bachelors, masters’ degrees or post graduate certificates. The graduates will receive their diplomas on the College’s sprawling front lawn.

His Excellency, Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York will give the commencement address and receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the ceremony. 

Other honorary degree recipients include: Anthony Santomero, Ph.D., who will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree and Catherine Costello Skae, M.D. of the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center who will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science degree.

Over 2,500 family and friends typically attend this annual event. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in Aquinas Hall, and prospective graduates have been provided indoor guest passes since Aquinas Hall’s capacity is just under 1,100.

For more information about the Commencement ceremony, contact the College’s Institutional Advancement Office at 845-398-4020.

About Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Timothy Michael Dolan was named Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI in February 2009 and installed in April 2009. He is currently the chairman of Catholic Relief Services and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America. In June 2009, Archbishop Dolan received the pallium, a symbol of his office as an archbishop, from His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, at St. Peter's Basilica.

About Anthony M. Santomero, Ph.D.
Anthony M. Santomero is Richard King Mellon Professor Emeritus of Finance at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Santomero holds an A.B. in Economics from Fordham University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden, received in 1992, and an honorary degree from the University of Rome received in 2003.

About Catherine Costello Skae, M.D.
Catherine Costello Skae, M.D. serves as Director of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Pediatric Residency Program.  She is an Attending Pediatrician and Project Director of the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Pain Service. She is also an active member of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine faculty. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Dr. Skae’s graduation from both the Academy of Holy Angels in Demarest, NJ, and St. Thomas Aquinas College when she received high school and college diplomas in the same weekend.

About St. Thomas Aquinas College
St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located in Sparkill, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The College’s 2,700 full and part time students can choose from over 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across five divisions: Humanities; Business Administration; Social Sciences; Natural Sciences & Mathematics; and Teacher Education programs. For more information visit


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125 Route 340
Sparkill, NY 10976



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