SMU holiday lights

SMU welcomes December 2009 with some of its most beloved annual traditions. Save the dates for these events:

• On Dec. 3, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates the 50th anniversary of Christmas worship services in Perkins Chapel with readings and music from Perkins professors, students and alumni at two different times: 4 p.m and 8 p.m. This year’s theme of the Magnificat will include three specially commissioned choral pieces offering global perspectives on Mary’s canticle from the Gospel of Luke. Read more.

• The Student Foundation’s 2009 Celebration of Lights begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 on the University’s main quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights will fill the trees, luminarias will line the sidewalks, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner will follow a decades-old tradition of reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. A reception in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons will follow the lighting of the SMU Christmas tree.

• SMU presents its 2009 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Dec. 19 in Moody Coliseum. Faculty members will assemble for procession no later than 9:45 a.m. in the Blanton Student Services Building lobby. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty breakfast will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Blanton Building. RSVP online.