December 1, 2015
DALLAS (SMU) – Twinkling white lights began illuminating the SMU campus Monday, Nov. 30, for Celebration of Lights, the University's annual holiday celebration. The Dallas community is invited to enjoy SMU's centennial holiday lighting through Jan. 3, from Bishop Boulevard at Mockingbird Lane to the landmark Dallas Hall.
Mustang Minute: Celebration of Lights
Scenes from the Lighting
Relive the Lighting Ceremony
Preparing for the Lighting Ceremony
The annual lighting is sponsored by SMU's Student Foundation and supported by the SMU Centennial Host Committee and the Michael F. Miller Endowment for the Celebration of Lights.
Although much has changed since students climbed ladders to decorate the six pillars of Dallas Hall for SMU's first Celebration of Lights in 1977, its original intent has remained the same. "Student Foundation started Celebration of Lights to thank the community for its support for SMU," said Vicki Sterquell '78, chair of the first celebration committee.
"Celebration of Lights continues to be an important tradition in the SMU community, bringing SMU and the community together for one night of celebration and service," says SMU senior Jennifer Zotz, president of Student Foundation. This year, Student Foundation, SMU faculty and staff are supporting the Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Angel Tree. Dallas CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children under the protective care of the state.
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