November 24, 2021

Traditional Lighting of the Quad Brings Christmas Cheer to MC

Mary Apel

It was lights, cameras, and all sorts of holiday action when one of the most highly anticipated traditions at Mississippi College once again heralded the arrival of another cherished Christmas season.

On Tuesday, Nov. 30, MC faculty, staff, students, and members of the community gathered near the heart of MC’s campus to witness the Lighting of the Quad, the precise moment at 7 p.m. when the famed green space will be richly illuminated by a host of brilliant Christmas lights.

According to Anna Jane Vancor, co-chair of the Lighting of the Quad Committee, after a more subdued celebration last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual event sponsored by the Campus Programming Board at MC, Lighting of the Quad activities are designed to help everyone jump headfirst into the Christmas season.

“It’s definitely my favorite event on campus,” said Vancor, a junior marketing major from Flowood. “Our committee tries to put on the biggest and best Christmas event every year. There are lights, activities, food, picture opportunities – so many things to do.

“All of the students have just gotten back from Thanksgiving Break, and we go straight into Christmas. The lights will stay up until finals. It’s one of the biggest and last events put on this semester, all in celebration of the Christmas season.”

Jonathan Nutt, MC director of student engagement, said the students aren’t the only ones who enjoy the festive display each year.

“The students love Lighting of the Quad and it has truly become a tradition for everyone on campus, not just the students,” Nutt said. “It’s one those events that really reminds you why MC is such a wonderful place – with everyone coming together to celebrate the season.”

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