Alumni and their children share a common bond for life.

Alumna Mary Kish, CRNP '92 felt deeply moved to pass the flame of her lit candle to her daughter Rachel's candle during the Night of the Celtic ceremony at Carlow's 2014 orientation. How amazing to share a college education from the same special place!

Things on campus are different since Kish attended. As a nursing major, she didn't have the University Commons or amenities of the A.J. Palumbo Hall of Science and Technology, but she says her career preparation, with access to  nursing research, was second to none. Some things don't change.

Kish first suggested that Rachel
look into Carlow because she was contemplating nursing. Rachel kept an open mind and looked at many colleges. She decided on a social work major, which Carlow offers as well.

"After hearing my mom talk about how much she enjoyed her time at Carlow, I knew I had to visit and see what it was all about," says Rachel.

Kish knew Carlow would complement their family's Catholic roots. She also pointed out to Rachel the small class sizes, comparing classrooms of 10 or so to universities that ll lecture halls with 200 or more students.

"As soon as I stepped foot on campus, I knew exactly why she loved her time here. It was everything that I wanted in a university," says Rachel. Rachel, now a junior, has flourished. She is a resident assistant, writes
for the Carlow Chronicle, serves
as president of the LGBTQ Club, and is president of the Social Work Club.

Kish now enjoys a closer relationship with her alma mater—she’s returned to campus often to share her professional experiences with nursing students. Today, she is a nurse practitioner at Jefferson Hospital’s Women and Infants Center and also works on a casual basis in the neonatal intensive care units of several other local hospitals.

"Comparing what we've accomplished at Carlow is what makes it so wonderful. We have had such unique experiences, yet they happened at the place we have both, at one point, called our second home," says Rachel.

Although Rachel and her mother pursued different paths, their mother-daughter relationship gained new strength in their common Carlow bond. Their family legacy is a distinct shade of purple.

By Ann Lyon Ritchie