A campus tradition was brought back with the lighting of the campus last night, Monday, December 5. This event welcomes family, friends, employees, and students of the University to enjoy the beauty of the campus at night when the campus comes alive with Christmas lights for the first time during the holiday season.
The event is a collaboration of ideas, work, and production of many people. This year, with the direction of Denise Boone, wife of President Dan Boone, and the handiwork of the grounds crew in Plant Operations, the lights were used to define the McClurkan Quad, the center of the campus. Sidewalks in this area are outlined with tiny white lights. Lamp posts are wrapped with tiny colored lights and have large red velvet bows hanging beneath the lights. Even the entry to Trevecca on Murfreesboro Road glows with garlands of tiny white lights caught up by green wreaths and large wreaths on the portals. Additionally, the main doors to all campus buildings are hung with wreaths, and some handrails into buildings are draped with white lights. The warmth of the season welcomes all who enter the campus.
Last night’s ceremony was planned by the freshman class. It included the singing of Christmas carols, the reading of the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke, refreshments, and the moment of illumination. Assistant Dean of Student Development Michael Johnson read from the Gospel of Luke.
These decorations add a festive touch to the campus and remind the campus community that Christmas is a special time of the year.