Celebration of Lights

Celebration lights up Hilltop holiday season Dec. 7

Celebration of LightsThe Student Foundation’s 2008 Celebration of Lights begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 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 Ballroom will follow the lighting of the SMU Christmas tree.

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December traditions give the Hilltop something to celebrate

Celebration of Lights choir

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

• On Dec. 4, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology offers its traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in Perkins Chapel at two different times: 4 p.m and 8 p.m. Originating in 1888 at the cathedral of Truro in Cornwall, England, the service is the retelling through scripture and song of the story of redemption through Jesus Christ. Three compositions within this year’s service were written by Suzanne Byrd, a Perkins Master of Sacred Music student, and Perkins alumni John Thornburg and Paul Caldwell.

• The Student Foundation’s 2008 Celebration of Lights begins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 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 Ballroom will follow the lighting of the SMU Christmas tree.

• The University presents its 2008 December Graduation Ceremony at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 in Moody Coliseum. Faculty members will assemble for procession no later than 6:30 p.m. in Classroom One of the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty reception will begin at 5:45 p.m. in Classroom One of the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. RSVP online.

Tune In: A season of celebration

SMU's 2007 Celebration of LightsSMU’s 30th annual Celebration of Lights took place Dec. 2, 2007, on the University’s Main Quad. It featured more than 100,000 decorative lights and luminarias, caroling and a reading of the Christmas story from the New Testament by SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

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International and civic leaders, a former athlete turned dentist and an emerging theatre star received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA) during formal ceremonies on Nov. 8, 2007. See the ceremony as it was rebroadcast on SMU-TV Channel 19 in the Park Cities. video

Three important new Meadows Museum exhibitions opened Nov. 30, 2007. “Coming of Age: American Art, 1850s to 1950s” runs through Feb. 24, 2008; “Jerry Bywaters, Interpreter of the Southwest” and “Lone Star Printmaker” run through Mar. 2, 2008.

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Beloved traditions kick off SMU holiday season

Celebration of Lights

SMU welcomes the holiday season with the Student Foundation’s annual Celebration of Lights at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 on the University’s main quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights will fill the trees and luminarias will line the sidewalks during a night of caroling and a holiday performance by SMU’s Voices of Inspiration. In addition, 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 Ballroom will follow the lighting of the SMU Christmas tree.

On Dec. 6, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology offers its traditional Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols in Perkins Chapel at two different times: 4 p.m and 8 p.m. Originating in a cathedral in Cornwall, England, in 1888, the service is the retelling through scripture and song of the story of redemption through Jesus Christ. Performers include the Perkins Seminary Singers led by Michael Hawn, director of sacred music; and the Meadows Women’s Ensemble conducted by Pamela Elrod, director of choral activities. Christopher Anderson, associate professor of sacred music, will serve as organist. Music includes pieces from Western and world music traditions as well as selections from Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols.

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