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102-Year Old Mary Nickels, Immaculata University Class of 1930 and Oldest Alumna, Attends Carol Night at Her Alma Mater

Orwigsburg, PA, resident Mary Nickels, who turned 102 in July, is Immaculata University´s oldest living alumna – class of 1930. Mary and her family will be attending the 89th Annual Carol Night celebration on Friday, December 4. Prior to the event, there will be a reception to welcome Mary, her family, and other alumni back to campus. Carol Night, which dates back to 1921 when the first class gathered to sing Christmas carols by the light of bayberry candles, is one of the oldest, most beloved traditions at Immaculata. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni join together to celebrate the Christmas season in the Rotunda of Villa Maria Hall on the campus of Immaculata University at 7:00 p.m.
Mary, who was born in 1907 as Mary Elizabeth McDonough, graduated from Catholic Girls High School in Philadelphia, PA, and enrolled in the Home Economics program at what was then an all-women´s college. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics in 1930 and went on to a career as a homemaker and dental assistant.
Tom, Mary´s son, and his wife Lynn, will be joined by 16 grandchildren and great-grandchildren at this year´s Carol Night celebration.
Tara Basile, director of Major Gifts at Immaculata University, commented, "Mary was so thrilled to hear about the honor and is very excited about coming back to Immaculata."
For more information regarding Mary Nickels or Carol Night, please contact the Public Relations Office at 610-647-4400, ext. 3143 or lszyjka@immaculata.edu.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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