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.