Do not fret; do not fear for Christmastime is finally here. The weather may have been a bit warmer than usual but it took nothing away from the atmosphere of the up coming holidays.
Christmas music was sung,
Santa stopped by and the campus lit up with decorative Christmas lights all by the flick of a switch from President Dr. Steven Tallant at the annual tree lighting ceremony.
Over 500 man-hours and a total of 18,124 light bulbs are used to bring this unique tradition utilizing the scenery of campus to illuminate the school but also brighten the spirits of students and faculty members getting through the final stretch of the fall semester.
The palm trees that line University Boulevard are draped with bright lights to give off holiday cheer. Usually held later in the month of December this year’s tree lighting ceremony was moved up for students to enjoy before graduation and Winter Break.
One student who was there to enjoy in the holiday cheer was Matthew Thonsgaard a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering who “definitely” enjoyed it and thought it was a “really nice” scene.
The event also served for a purpose to donations received on campus to Toys for Tots, an organization that gives toys to local families in need during Christmas time. Loreal Robertson the coordinator for campus activity says, “They usually donate about 150 toys or one to two full boxes we give to the organization each year.“
A number of speakers from Miss Tamuk Tessie Ledesma, to President Tallant said a few words about what the holiday season means to them personally and to the campus. “This tradition embodies the spirit of the holidays not only just through the lights,” said Ledesma.