SMU Student Foundation hosts 43rd annual Celebration of Lights

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Lights, hot chocolate and Christmas songs were all part of SMU’s 43rd annual Celebration of Lights. The SMU community simply overflowed with the holiday spirit. Students, faculty, alumni, kids and even pets came together to enjoy one of SMU’s sacred traditions on Monday, Nov. 28.

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SMU's 43rd annual Celebration of Lights on Nov. 28, 2016 Photo credit: Mollie Mayfield

Every year, SMU Student Foundation hosts this end-of-semester tradition by bringing together artists, talented students and our very own President R. Gerald Turner to celebrate the holidays. Lights around campus light up following the performances.

The night kicked off with a performance by The 3 Years, a band formed by SMU seniors Nicki Fletcher and Chance Russell. The band encouraged audience members to sing along to their rendition of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Everyone sang along with enthusiasm as the band introduced the night with holiday cheer.

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The 3 Years band performs "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" at the 43rd annual Celebration of Lights on Nov. 28, 2016. Photo credit: Mollie Mayfield

Performances that followed included:

“Carol of the Bells” by Stampede, SMU’s co-ed A capella group

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Nilsa Pozo and Kevin Bock

“Jesus is the Reason” by SMU’s Voices of Inspiration gospel choir

“All I want for Christmas is You” by SMU’s Family Weekend talent show winner and first-year Alison Nichols

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by communications major Haley Fuchs

“Children Go Where I Send Thee” by The Turner Duo, comprised of Colin and Dustin Turner, along with Regina Debilio

“O Holy Night” by senior Kiara Wade

“Hallelujah” by SMU’s beloved Belle Tones

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SMU's Voices of Inspiration Gospel Choir perform "Jesus is the Reason" at the 43rd annual Celebration of Lights on Nov. 28, 2016. Photo credit: Mollie Mayfield
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The Turner Duo, comprised of brother Colin and Dustin Turner, along with Regina Debilio perform "Children Go Where I Send Thee" at the 43rd annual Celebration of Lights. Photo credit: Mollie Mayfield

President Turner read the Christmas story from his Bible, per tradition as well. The celebration ended with Senior Regina Debilio’s rendition of “Silent Night.” The Boulevard suddenly became serene as audience members sang along. Lights illuminated the university following the first verse of the song.

Watch our Facebook Live of the event below for full coverage of SMU’s sacred night.

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