Patrick Francis Mahar of North Central Phoenix graduated from Thomas Aquinas College, in Santa Paula, Calif., after completing a rigorous program of classical liberal education that included four years of mathematics, natural science, philosophy, and theology.

Also required for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, which he received, was a senior thesis on a topic of his choice, which he defended before a panel of three faculty members. Mahar’s thesis was titled “A Defense of Agriculture As an Art in the Order of Nature Against Genetic Engineering As an Abuse of the Order of Nature.”

Commencement exercises were held May 17 on the academic quadrangle.


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