On May 10, 2013, the 50th anniversary celebrations of Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School came to an end with the blessing of a tribute garden; a Mass for students, staff, and guests, including the school’s founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph, in the cafetorium; a reception in the library and a dinner at the Oshawa Golf Club.
Women were first admitted to St. Michael's College in 1911 - 12, a century ago. By the 15th anniversary of their arrival, as Laura Sabia pointed out in her talk to a gathering of SMC alumnae for a Whitsuntide Conference (a series of early 60s conferences meant to balance the longstanding Michaelmas Conference for male-alumni), women students registered in the Faculty of Arts and Science through St. Michael's College already outnumbered the men. That ratio has continued to the present time. But co-education did not come easily to St. Michael's.
Sisters Patricia Conway and Sister Margaret McGrath remember their time in Thorold with joy.