Celebration of Lights: Twinkling white lights will illuminate the SMU campus Nov. 30-Jan. 3 for Celebration of Lights, the University’s annual holiday celebration. The lighting ceremony on SMU’s Main Quad will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30. and will feature student musicians performing songs of the season, SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas story from the New Testament, and lighting of the SMU Christmas tree. The celebration ends bathed in candlelight as participants light candles and sing “Silent Night.”
Christmas Worship Service at Perkins Chapel: On Thursday, Dec. 3, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/Christmas Worship Service at 4 p.m and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel. The services this year draw upon the journeys that take place in the nativity narratives: the journey to Bethlehem, the journey of the Magi, and the journey to Egypt. The Seminary Singers will be joined by Diva Dolce, a women’s ensemble from Meadows School of the Arts, at 4 PM, and the Palestrina Singers from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, directed by Perkins Alum, Michael Conrady, at 8 PM. Admission is free and the 4 PM service will be webcast. For more information, contact Michael Hawn firstname.lastname@example.org.
All-University Holiday Party: President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner will host their annual All-University Holiday Party from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.
Winter Exhibition: The SMU Guildhall hosts its Winter Exhibition on Friday, Dec. 18, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design, production and programming will show their work, and attendees will have the opportunity to play games designed by students in multiple cohorts.
December Commencement Convocation and faculty breakfast: The University celebrates its 2015 December Commencement Convocation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, in Moody Coliseum. Retired and current faculty members will assemble for procession in academic dress no later than 9:45 a.m. in the Miller Champions Club in Moody Coliseum. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty breakfast will be served beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the Moody Coliseum. RSVP online for the faculty breakfast and processional by Friday, Dec. 4 and learn more about the ceremony.