May 2021
On May 14-16, Holy Family University celebrated recent graduates from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 with in-person commencement ceremonies on the grounds of the Newtown Campus.

The weekend of events included a Mass of Joyful Celebration, Honors Convocation, a Nursing Pinning Ceremony, and multiple commencement ceremonies - all of which were live-streamed.

In total, the University conferred over 1,800 degrees to undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level students, as well as honorary degrees to Sister Camille D’Arienzo, RSM, PhD (Founder of Cherish Life Circle and Senior Religion Commentator on 1010 WINS) and Rabbi Abraham Skorka, PhD (Author and Visiting Professor of Theology at St. Joseph University).

The 2021 Alumni Senior Award was presented to Taylor Nichols '21 and the Mother Neomisia Award was presented to Katherine Darmohray ‘21.

There was also a marriage proposal and a cap decorating contest for the Classes of 2020 and 2021! Congratulations to all our recent graduates!

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Reunion 2020 and 2021
Thank you to everyone who attended Reunion 2020 & 2021 on Saturday, May 22!

Held virtually via Zoom, alumni from many class years and many corners of the country enjoyed a variety of events, including a Golden Alumni Society Reception, Alumni Memorial Mass, Mini-Reunions, and Alumni Performances.

Members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors inducted the Class of 1971 into the Golden Alumni Society, and they presented the 2020 and 2021 Alumni Achievement Award winners, as well as a special Distinguished Service Award to University President, Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, '70, PhD.

Congratulations to all Reunion Classes and Award Winners!

Save the Date for Reunion 2022 on Saturday, June 4, 2022.
Tigers on the Loose - Online Auction
As part of Tigers on the Loose, Holy Family University’s annual scholarship celebration, an Online Auction will be held on Monday, May 31 to Friday, June 4 to help raise critical funds for student financial aid.

All are invited to preview and pre-register to bid on over 40 items and opportunities, including golf outings, gift cards, a wine tour and tasting, Phillies tickets, a behind the scenes tour of the 2022 Philadelphia Flower Show and a personalized voicemail greeting from the voice of the Philadelphia Eagles, Merrill Reese.

First held in 2019, this fundraising event changes venues every year, giving attendees access to some of the most interesting cultural spots in Philadelphia. This year, Tigers on the Loose is being held on June 3 at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. See complete details at:
Alumni Events
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Holy Family in the News
Holy Family Officially Breaks Ground on New ‘Tiger Field’
On Tuesday, May 25, Holy Family University celebrated the ground breaking for the brand-new Tiger Field athletic complex, which will include a brand-new turf field, a two-lane practice track, field lighting and a new scoreboard.

The new Tiger Field will replace the existing field that is used by Holy Family's soccer, lacrosse, and track and field sports teams. The project is estimated to be completed in time for the start of the Fall 2021 season. TN Ward Company Builders will be overseeing the construction of the complex.
"This is a very special day for the University and our student-athletes," said Director of Athletics, Tim Hamill '04, M'08. "Holding the shovel today made this all feel real. This is indeed a great day to be a Tiger and we are all incredibly excited about the new facility."
Holy Family Alumni and Student Honored with Lindback Awards
The recent class of Lindback Award winners include five from Holy Family University.

Congratulations to Dana Laut ’00, Kimberly Pellak-Tana M’01, Juan Namnun M’04, and Sharon Hall M’09 who were selected for 2021 Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teachers, and to Pauline Cheung, a current EdD student, who was awarded a 2021 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Principal Leadership.

The awards are presented annually by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation to recognize outstanding educators in Philadelphia public schools. Read the full story on Holy Family's website and view all winners in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
HFU Alumus chosen as a 2021 Celebrate Caring winner
Congratulations to Steven Footit ’16, who was named one of three winners of Independence Blue Cross' Celebrate Caring campaign

Steve obtained his nursing degree from Holy Family after serving 27 years in the Army. He battled cancer and served on the front lines of COVID-19 as an ICU nurse at multiple hospitals in PA/NJ.

Independence (with 6abc and iHeartRadio) shared the winners’ stories throughout the region during National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and donated $2,500 on behalf of each winner to nonprofit organizations of their choice. Steve will be donating a portion of his winnings to Holy Family’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences.
Holy Family Travel Opportunities
As travel begins to resume around the world, Holy Family’s Study Abroad program is excited to announce two programs coming in 2022 that are open to the entire Holy Family community:

February 2022 – Join Dr. Shelley Robbins, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, for a 9-day tour of France (Paris, Loire Valley, St. Malo, Normandy). See complete details here

May 2022 - Join Dr. Melissa Rampelli, Associate Professor of English, for an 11-day tour of the British Isles (England, Ireland & Wales). See complete details here

All tours are hosted by EF Tours, Holy Family’s travel partner for over a decade, and are subject to evolving health and safety policies, restrictions, and precautions. View previous study abroad itineraries and photos here.
Alumni Benefit Spotlight: Career Services
All alumni are encouraged to utilize the experts in Holy Family’s Career Development Center and their connections to countless employers.

In addition to career counseling and job leads, alumni can receive personalized help with resumes, cover letters, and mock interviews. All services are available at no cost. 

To set up an appointment, please contact Angela Cutchineal '06, Director of Career Development, at 267-341-3201 or [email protected].

For all Holy Family alumni services, benefits, and discounts, click here.
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