On May 14, the Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, will give the commencement address to Thomas Aquinas College’s graduating students. During the event, Archbishop Cordileone will be honored with the school’s highest award, the St. Thomas Aquinas Medallion, in recognition of his life-long fidelity and service to the Catholic Church.

“We are honored and delighted that our long-time friend, Archbishop Cordileone, will be with us for commencement, especially as this visit comes so soon after the publication of Pope Francis’ recent exhortation on marriage, Amoris Laetitia,” says Dr. Michael F. McLean, college president.

“Nationally, Archbishop Cordileone is known for the clarity of his teaching about marriage, the family and the unborn, and the courageous witness he gives in their defense. In the Bay Area, too, he serves his flock as a faithful shepherd. We very much look forward to [his] visit and to his remarks at commencement.”

The school’s graduating class of 79 students hail from across the U.S. and abroad. Commencement exercises will begin at 11 am on Thomas Aquinas College (academic quad), located at 10000 Ojai Santa Paula Road in Santa Paula.