Time Line of the University's History: 1960's

On December 12, 2002, Holy Family College received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for a change of status to University. Even though many of the events listed in the time line occurred prior to that date, the term “University” is used in most entries.

1960s

1960-1961

Holy Family experienced its first enrollment boom. The 1960 enrollment, including a freshman class of 117, was almost fifteen times the original enrollment in 1954. The student body brought together graduates of over forty-four high schools from eight states and seven foreign countries.A chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma, The National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society, was established on April 24, 1961.
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1961-1962

After months of intense preparation, Holy Family achieved a significant affirmation, when The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools granted accreditation status to Holy Family in December 1961. The University launched a five-year expansion fund with tentative plans to include a library, science building, new dorm, and an auditorium.
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1962-1963

Senior Ruth Ann Przybycz became the first Holy Family graduate accepted into Women’s Medical College.
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1963-1964

In June 1964, Holy Family launched the Mexican Project: sophomore Vivian Gibson went to Tuxpan, Vera Cruz, Mexico, to do social work.
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1964-1965

Holy Family celebrated its tenth anniversary. In March, Rosalind Russell and Ida Lupino visited the campus to recruit extras for the Hollywood production, Trouble with Angels.
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1965-1966

On September 23, a chapter of Alpha Delta Theta, National Professional Sorority of Medical Technologists, was established. The following month, in response to a recruitment campaign on campus, five students signed up for the Peace Corps.
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1966-1967

Holy Family became an associate of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. In November, the Career Center sponsored its first annual Career Day. Groundbreaking for the new library took place on March 19, 1967.
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1967-1968

The school year saw the creation of the Counseling Center. In June, Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology, was chartered.
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1968-1969

During the summer preceding the new school year, Holy Family acquired Marian Hall. As Christmas drew near, John Cardinal Krol dedicated the library on December 15, 1968.
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1969-1970

On April 23, 1970, both Beta Beta Beta, National Biological Honor Society, and the Faculty Senate were established.
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