St. Thomas University’s 60th Anniversary Gala2023, Gala Guide
Our University traces its roots to the Universidad de Santo Tomas de Villanueva, founded in 1946 in Havana, Cuba. When the Castro government expelled the Augustinians from Cuba in 1961, several of the American Augustinians came to Miami, where they founded Biscayne College 1961. The University came under the sponsorship of the Archdiocese of Miami in 1988, conferring upon St. Thomas the distinction of being the only Catholic Archdiocesan-sponsored university in the State of Florida. When University status was attained, the name of the institution was changed to St. Thomas University to reflect its Cuban heritage. This year’s gala theme will pay tribute to our University’s historical roots and our more than six decades of incredible students and alumni.
Gala Honorees: Mr. Manny Diaz Jr. ’94 (Florida Commissioner of Education) & Mrs. Jennifer Diaz ’09 and Mr. Frank Quesada ‘06 & Mrs. Anna Quesada ‘06