Tigers Roar as a Family for 66 Years

On Tuesday, February 11th, 2020, the most awaited time of the year, The Great Day to be a Tiger was celebrated as a festival with a spirit of family. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni jubilantly participated throughout the Tiger Day events, beginning with the Anniversary Liturgy.

Following lunch, alumni, faculty, and staff shared experiences on multi-disciplinary topics during Tiger Talks.

The last and sweetest part was the Birthday celebration with Stock’s famous multiple-story cake cutting ceremony served with mini melts.

I was delighted to witness the tradition of giving at Holy family University as we also were celebrating the 2nd annual Day of Giving which ended up with a successful goal of 200 donations made for further advancement of Holy Family’s mission.

In 1954, Holy Family College was initiated as a small women’s college with the sole purpose of making the best educators in Northeast East Philadelphia. Charter Day celebrates the accomplishments and the tremendous growth of Holy Family’s mission that has been practiced for the last 66 years.

Holy Family University exemplifies the true spirit of a longliving family. Sister Neomisia Rutkowska’s strong faith and vision in making Holy Family would not come true if she had not reached out for help. Not only did she have to convince her Congregation to believe in her idea but, she also had to gain the support of Archdiocesan and the State leaders. Finally, the dream kept in the eyes for years came true when the legal charter gave us our corporate existence. Now we proudly stand as an Internationally recognized, Doctoral and Pre-Professional degreegranting, Residential, NCAA Division II University.

The strength of the HFU community lies in our culture of Family, which is one of our Core Values. This quality distinguishes and makes us unique as an institution.

Being a student myself, I have witnessed the beauty of this Family culture. I am thankful to attend this event and commune together as a family to share the common motto of Oneness. Everyone at our university lives by the mission. We work together and support each other to achieve our goals. We don’t consider the paths that differentiate or divide us but emphasize and work on the common mission we have as a Holy Family community.

A Raffle Drawing was arranged through which the lucky students won valuable prizes, such as a designated parking spot for one year, 200 free printing pages, two $100 Nike gift cards to Holy Family Athletics Gear bags, and finally a gift basket full of snacks.

Being a part of Charter Day as a student, I felt as inclusive as a family member does.

By Kawish Sadaqat. She is a freshman Biology major (pre-med track), serves a Student Ambassador, and works at the Office of disAbilities Services.