Reading the Christmas story, illuminating the Mississippi College campus, and drinking hot chocolate are all wrapped into the 2016 Lighting of the Quad.
Open to the entire MC family and the Clinton community, the Campus Activities Board event on November 29 will informally signal the start of the Christmas season. It’s free.
This year’s guest reader will be Mississippi College history professor Otis Pickett.
“The Christmas season reminds us of God’s great love for His people,” Pickett says. “To me, this means we should continue to be a model of Christ’s love to our community and the world.”
Pickett remains the latest in a long line of extraordinary guest readers in recent years. They include: English professor David Miller, communication professor Mignon Kucia, and Terry Dent, director of the Office of Student Success.
That Tuesday evening, Mississippi College student Ashlyn DeLisle will perform vocals, Christmas carols will fill the air and the Quad will be transformed into a delightful Christmas tree farm.
Brightening this historic piece of the Clinton landscape, the lights should come on around 8 p.m.that night. It’s one way to showcase how the 190-year-old Baptist-affiliated university celebrates Christ’s birth and love for mankind.
Just a few feet from Nelson Hall, the Lighting of the Quad is always a special treat for Mississippians of all ages.
Student leaders will team with STAR 93.5 radio station personalities on the Clinton campus to welcome visitors. Cookies and other tasty goodies will be in abundance on decorated tables. A Gingerbread House competition among Mississippi College clubs and tribes was a big hit last year.
Lighting of the Quad remains one of the university’s signature Christmas events. It happens days before the MC Singers perform Festival of Lights concerts at Provine Chapel in early December. Those that miss out in person can catch the concert on Mississippi Public Broadcasting stations later in the month.
The day after the November 29th event ends, dozens of Christmas trees on the Quad will be loaded on trucks and donated to needy families in metro Jackson.
A 2009 MC graduate, Becca Benson, associate director of student engagement, continues to work on last-minute Lighting of the Quad details with CAB students. They’re all hoping to make it the best one yet at Mississippi College.