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We're Obsessed with Antonia Gorga's Sorority Formal Dress (PICS)

The RHONJ daughter attended Alpha Phi's end-of-school event in an all-white ruffled look.

By Joshua Espinoza
Melissa and Joe Gorga Get Emotional While Celebrating Antonia's 18th Birthday

Antonia Gorga completed her college freshman year in style.

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey daughter returned to Instagram this week with another update on her life at the University of Delaware. Antonia — the oldest child of RHONJ’s Melissa Gorga — concluded the 2024 spring semester with an intimate formal hosted by the Epsilon Nu chapter of Alpha Phi sorority. 

Antonia Gorga wows in white at her sorority's spring formal

Antonia posted a grip of photos that showed off her and her sorority sisters’ incredible formal looks. The Jersey daughter opted for an all-white strapless dress that featured layers of ruffles running from the bust to the floor-length hem. She finished the spring-ready ensemble with beige strappy heels, gold jewelry, and a middle-part hairstyle with defined waves and full curls.

“Formal!” she captioned the May 17 carousel

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Antonia celebrates her 18th birthday before heading to college

Melissa Gorga, Antonia Gorga, and Joe Gorga are seen at Antonia’s high school graduation.

Antonia said goodbye to the Garden State in August 2023, just several months after graduating from high school. Fans got a look at her impending departure in RHONJ Season 14, Episode 2, which documented her bittersweet 18th birthday brunch at Elia Mediterranean Restaurant. The Jersey daughter celebrated her special day surrounded by friends and family, including her mom, Melissa; dad, Joe Gorga; and her little brothers, Gino and Joey Jr.

“Antonia, we’re toasting to you today because I honestly can’t believe that you’re 18, but I’m really so proud of, like, who you are because you’re my only daughter and I love you so much,” Melissa said during the brunch before referencing Antonia's new journey. “And I can’t believe you’re leaving me and I’m going to miss everything about you… Antonia, I want you to meet new people and explore your wild oats.”

Melissa Gorga reflects on Antonia leaving the nest: "I was so emotional"

Melissa Gorga and Antonia Gorga smiling together.

Melissa expanded on Antonia’s college chapter in a recent interview with People magazine, explaining why she wanted to show her daughter’s “bittersweet” goodbye in RHONJ Season 14.

“I feel like it’s going to be so relatable for so many moms out there because I was happy for her, but I was also emotional and sad,” she explained. “It also felt like something was happening in my life because I’m like, ‘Where’s my child going? What point are we at here? Nobody needs their diapers changed. What’s happening?’”

She continued: “And to see her go, I was so emotional. I know that it’s going to resonate with a lot of moms out there that are about to send their kids away or their kids just left. It’s hard. It’s so bittersweet because you’re so excited for them. And then you’re also just can’t stop crying.”

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