It was as though Christmas came early to Texas A&M-Kingsville, Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Students and faculty gathered around College Hall, laughing and talking, holding their cups of hot cocoa, asking Santa Claus for gifts, eating a few cookies, and
waiting eagerly for the annual Lighting Ceremony of University Boulevard to begin.
The noise dispersed when Sarah Chapa, the 2012 Miss TAMUK, went up to the podium to speak.
“Our dream continues to grow and glow just as these holiday lights represent our efforts to achieve this spirit. Welcome to the beginning of a vision that continues to shine bright even after this holiday season,” Chapa said.
The Reverend Matthew Ulmer from the Saint Paul Lutheran Church of Bishop addressed the crowd and explained the meaning of the season.
“May this one be your joy of the season and may your lights you see, the songs you sing, and the gifts you give remind you of him who was born by God, and raised for life of this world. Amen. God be with you,” Ulmer said.
TAMUK Student Government Association (SGA) President Sarah Schwandt, followed Ulmer and also presented her thoughts on the holiday season.
“These lights and decorations serve as a traditional reminder for the meaning behind this season,” Schwandt said. “They bring beauty and recognition to the things that we often overlook. The holidays are about being appreciative for what we have and coming together to help those around us.”
The Campus Activities Board (CAB), served as hosts of the 4th annual Build-a-Bear and Share event presented their donations to the local representatives for Toys for Tots.
Afterwards, President Steven Tallant made his speech.
“I know a lot of people contributed to putting up these lights. I am very proud to be president of this university. I think we have the greatest university that I’ve ever seen. We have students with a great heart. What I like about our students is that our students care more about others than themselves, and I see it every day,” Tallant said.
Tallant then asked the crowd to join him in the countdown to turn on the lights.
As soon as they hit zero, the lights were on, and the crowd erupted into cheers and clapping.
Soon, University Boulevard shone with 1,800 different brilliantly colored Christmas lights from College Hall all the way to Santa Gertrudis, preparing the campus for the holiday break.