Columbia College kicks off the holiday season with 14th annual holiday lighting ceremony.Columbia College opened the holiday season with its 14th annual holiday lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 3, on Bass Commons. Bass Commons is the lawn in front of St. Clair Hall on the corner of 10th and Rogers streets.
The lighting ceremony is always free and open to the public. Click here to see a video of the ceremony.
The ceremony featured caroling by the Jane Froman Singers in full Dickensian regalia; President Gerald T. Brouder providing brief remarks; and Courtney Lauer-Myers, Student Government Association president, leading the countdown.
At zero, more than 4,500 white lights burst to life to illuminate the exterior of the Columbia College campus throughout the holiday season.
The lights, said Brouder, represent Columbia College's mission: to educate students.
The lighting idea originated with Bonnie Brouder, wife of President Brouder, in 1995. She said she first consulted with the man who lights the Plaza in Kansas City, one of the nation's premier holiday lighting shows. The lights are now permanently installed on the Columbia College buildings. Bonnie is also the college's archivist and specializes in paying tribute to the college's past.
So stop by Columbia College after dark to see this wonderful holiday tradition for yourself!