125th Anniversary  

Celebrating the Past. Building the Future.

At Commencement 2011, Aquinas College kicked off a year's worth of festivities celebrating its 125 years of Catholic Dominican post-secondary education in Michigan. The celebration of the College's 125th anniversary was highlighted by four signature events that shine a spotlight on the four pillars of the Dominican charism that have guided the College throughout its history: prayer, study, service and community.


In addition to the signature events, there were smaller celebrations and memorials through the year. Special signage on campus called attention to the College's heritage, and scrolling historic photos on this website and the College's computer kiosks highlighted our rich past. In addition, a History of Aquinas College, written by English professor Gary Eberle, makes the story of Aquinas available in book form to alumni and friends of the College.



Aquinas Celebrates 125 Years: 1886-2011

Aquinas College had its origins in the Novitiate Normal School begun by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids in 1886. In 1945, the college bought the former Lowe Estate on East Fulton Street where it has remained. >Read More


125,000 Acts of Aquinas

125,000 Acts of Aquinas

Twenty-five thousand specially designed tokens were distributed and passed from person to person. If each token was used just 5 times, we would generate 125,000 acts of kindness worldwide...

>See How Far AQ Service Reached

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