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Posted at 6:28 PM ET, 12/15/2010

Ugly holiday sweaters proudly worn at Catholic University

By Jenna Johnson
Jenna Johnson

It's that time of year when it's okay -- actually, encouraged -- to wear a truly horribly awfully tacky sweater to a college party.

CUA Ornament.jpgOver the weekend, more than 150 Catholic University students gathered for the annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party hosted by The House, a group of student ministers.

Every Friday night, the group hosts an alcohol-free event for freshmen that's free or low-cost. Past events have included scavenger hunt, Potomac boat cruise, baseball game, laser tag match and LARP-ing.

The photos speak for themselves -- so enjoy! (And a very special thanks to Jennifer Barbera, a Catholic senior and manger of The House, for sending me these photos and captions.)

Here, modeling the hottest looks in woven holiday-wear, are juniors Katie Reilley, Maggie Sanborn and Grace Xerri.
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Riley Magee works diligently to build a gingerbread house while sporting a fashionable holiday sweater and massive holiday hair bow.
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Jen Barbera and Mallory Guglielmo, who are student ministers, show off their sweaters and await the arrival of 150 freshmen.
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And, of course, there was a contest to determine which sweaters were the absolute ugliest. The winners were Alexis Fleming and Emily Risley, shown here proudly holding their certificates.
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Have you recently attended a campus ugly sweater party? If so, send me your pics, and I might add them. Also, check out the Post's photo gallery of ugly sweaters.

Kiera Zitelman sent me this photo -- featuring penguins, festive ornaments AND mouse snowmen -- from a University of Maryland, College Park, tacky sweater party hosted by the student programming board, Student Entertainment Events.
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By Jenna Johnson  | December 15, 2010; 6:28 PM ET
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