As Thanksgiving Break ended, SMU ushered in the holiday season with one of its most beloved annual traditions: the¬†Celebration of Lights. Sponsored by the SMU Student Foundation, the 2017 ceremony took place¬†Monday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. on the Main Quad.
The ceremony features thousands of decorative lights, luminarias lining the sidewalks, seasonal songs performed by student musicians, and SMU President R.¬†Gerald Turner reading the Christmas Story. The public was invited to attend and to share cookies and hot chocolate with the campus community before the ceremony began.
The festivities continue with other beloved traditions:
- Advent Worship Service:¬†SMU‚Äôs Perkins School of Theology¬†celebrates its¬†Advent Worship Service on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel. Both services, under the theme ‚ÄúEro cras‚Ä¶I shall come tomorrow,‚ÄĚ will feature the¬†Seminary Singers, directed by¬†Simon Hill ‚Äô17¬†and accompanied by¬†Hannah Cruse. The 8 p.m. service will include a special performance by the Orpheus Chamber Singers, led by founder and Artistic Director Donald Krehbiel ‚Äô83. Readers for the service will be Perkins faculty and staff members including Charles L. Aaron,¬†associate director, Intern Program;¬†Carlos F. Cardoza Orlandi,¬†director, Doctor of Ministry Program;¬†Laura Figura,¬†coordinator of student life;¬†Craig C. Hill,¬†dean;¬†Tamara E. Lewis,¬†assistant professor of the history of Christianity;¬†Evelyn Parker,¬†associate dean for academic affairs and¬†Susanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology;¬†Margot Perez-Greene,¬†associate dean for enrollment management; and¬†Mark W. Stamm,¬†professor of Christian worship.
- All-University Holiday Celebration: President and Mrs. Turner¬†invite all SMU faculty and staff members to their annual holiday reception¬†Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.
- December¬†Commencement Convocation:¬†SMU celebrates its¬†2017 December Commencement Convocation Saturday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. in Moody Coliseum. Retired and current faculty members will assemble for procession in¬†academic dress¬†no later than 9:40 a.m. in the Miller Champions Club. The ceremony will be livestreamed at smu.edu/live beginning at 9:45 a.m.