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Tech gets festive with Lighting the Quad

The first Lighting the Quad in 2017.
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Christmas might still be a few weeks away, but some lights are being strung across campus.


Tech’s third annual Lighting the Quad is scheduled from 5-5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3.


This holiday tradition involves Tech’s historic main quad glowing with festival lights and holiday spirit. President Phil Oldham and first lady Kari Oldham switch on the lights.


“Last year we had over 1,200 people,” Denise Colwell, administrative assistant, said. “We expect the same or more this year.”


More festivities, including face painting, music, food, games, a photo booth, hot chocolate and even cookie decorating, continue in Memorial Gym after the lighting ceremony. Participants may receive a free T-shirt while supplies last.


Student organizations also may participate in a tree-decorating contest.


In the case of inclement weather, the rain date for the event is Dec. 5.


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