By: Bryan Trude, feature editor

Over 100 students, faculty, and staff members braved the winter temperatures alongside Midwest City and Del City families for the annual RSC Lighting Ceremony, Nov. 30 in the Campus Mall.

The ceremony included the lighting of the campus mall, outfitted in white tree lights and toy soldiers, and the lighting of the President’s Tree.

“Light’s are not just lights,” President Terry Britton said. “They are not just gadgets in the yard. They are beacons that symbolize the holidays.”

The lighting ceremony featured a performance by the Telstar Elementary choir, directed by Richard McDonald. Choir members sang renditions of “Feliz Navidad” and “Sleigh Ride.”

Following the lighting, attendees were shown was Britton called “a very special guest,” as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in a horse-drawn carriage, and then lead the crowd into the Student Center for refreshments and activities.

“[The ceremony] is wonderful, it is a great thing to do for the community,” Nichole Chilton, early childhood development major, said. “It’s free and it’s good for the kids.”

Once inside, attendees were able to take photos with the Claus’, and were given cookies, cider, and hot chocolate. Music was provided by the Tinker AFB Flying High band, which preformed many holiday classics.

Free horse-drawn carriage rides, courtesy of Cameo Carriage Co. of Guthrie, were held in the north parking lot, between the Health and Physical Education Center and the Business building. Campus police closed down the parking lot earlier in the day for the events. Families were also offered sleigh rides around the campus.

“As is gets darker, lights like these get people ready to go home for the holidays,” Britton said. “Go back home and get your lights on.”

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