At graduation, our students are awarded rings inscribed with our motto: Bonum, Verum, Pulchrum (or "the Good, the True, and the Beautiful") and are ushered in as Perpetual Members of the institute. Torrey alumni join a network of creative, passionate Perpetual Members who participate in nearly every vocation imaginable. They are stay at home parents, doctors, Sillicon Valley employees, missionaries, nurses, academics, lawyers, teachers, pastors, homeschoolers, artists, film makers, business men and women . . . the list goes on. Our alumni always find that the skills they learned in our program - such as question asking, critical thinking, and conflict management - prepared them well to pursue their vocations with excellence, passion, and grace.
“Prior to Torrey, I viewed Academics as a solitary activity of consumption. I gathered the necessary data from textbooks, lectures, and handouts so that I could fill in the correct bubbles on a Scantron test. How unsatisfying! Torrey transformed my mind by demonstrating Academics as a creative and conversational act performed in community… The skills I learned at the Institute were foundational for my future - at Pixar and beyond.”
“Torrey Honors trained us to think for ourselves: instead of regurgitating the right answer we had to wrestle with complex ideas involving theology, politics and philosophy. I learned to read, write and think in a way I never had before. Reading original texts required that we did the interpretive work-- together. The friends and mentors I gained through the Torrey Honors program have profoundly shaped me."
“The program is remarkably good and refreshingly straight-forward: important books, earnest students, rigorous discussion, and helpful guides who are wise, funny, and will invite you over for dinner. That’s it. That’s what you need to learn to really think, speak, and write. These are skills that all other disciplines depend on, whether in academia, business, the arts, government, or parenting (which is just all these together in one home). Oral communication in particular is very important, yet most classrooms in American universities have one speaker, the professor. Written communication helps crystalize and enliven thoughts, but most writing assignments are too short to demand thorough, sustained analysis. Finally, and most importantly, most universities are now consumed by what is faddish, political, irreverent, or marketable. Yet in Martin Luther King Jr.’s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" he references Plato, the Apostle Paul, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Bunyan, and T.S. Eliot. He knew these are the master thinkers, both in their clarity and power, but also in the way they serve as reference points for further dialogue. If you go to college and don’t intimately acquaint yourself with writers like these, guided by experts who love them and will make you sweat, you’re wasting your time.”