The University of Southern Mississippi will take on a holiday glow with the annual “Lighting the Way for the Holidays” ceremony set for Wednesday, Dec. 2 on the Hattiesburg campus.
The event will get underway at 5:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the Lucas Administration Building. Visitors can have photos taken with the Southern Miss mascot Seymour decked out as Santa Claus and sample plenty of free hot chocolate. A variety of other activities are planned for children in attendance, including ornament making.
Holiday music will be provided by newly crowned Miss University of Southern Mississippi Kristen Benigno and the men’s a capella choral group, The Spirit of Southern.
The official tree-lighting ceremony begins at 6:30 as the primary tree and approximately 20-30 smaller ones are set aglow near the Hardy Street entrance to the campus. The smaller trees have been purchased by various organizations on the Southern Miss campus who will decorate them throughout the holiday season. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center in Hattiesburg.
“We encourage everybody to come out and participate in this fun event with us,” said Southern Miss junior Kasey Mitchell, who is assisting the Student Government Association (SGA) in organizing the ceremony. “We’d love to have a big crowd turn out. I think it’s something the kids would really enjoy.”
For more information contact the SGA at 601-266-4406.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.