With final exams complete and the holidays approaching, Centre College faculty, staff and students recently enjoyed the holiday traditions that spread joy in the midst of the stress that the end of the semester brings.
On the last day of classes, members of the campus community gathered in Old Centre for the annual tree trimming. Members of the Residence Life staff were invited to decorate a Christmas tree in the building’s lobby, creating a festive atmosphere for current students and visitors to enjoy. President John A. Roush, First Lady Susie Roush and other members of the staff also pitched in.
In addition, Centre’s Jewish Student Organization gathered in the College’s new Intercultural Suite for the lighting of the Menorah throughout finals week.
The perfect pick-me-up during finals, the annual late-night breakfast offered a delicious meal served by faculty and staff in the Cowan Dining Commons. The study-breaker helped students recharge and get ready for exams and also illustrated Centre’s deep sense of community. The Centre Parents Association also sponsored breakfast stations in Crounse and Young Halls every morning of finals week.
Also among the festivities was the tradition of serenading students with carols across campus. Each year, Centre faculty and staff go caroling at residence halls and other student-filled buildings, such as the Grace Doherty Library in Crounse Hall, during the week of final exams. Beloved by both the students and faculty, the tradition has endured at Centre for more than 30 years.
To round out the holiday season, faculty, staff and their families recently celebrated with the College’s annual holiday dinner. Entertainment was provided by President Susie Roush, who led the crowd in carols, and First Lady Roush reading “The Night Before Christmas” for children in attendance, followed by a visit from Santa Claus himself.
by Centre College News
December 13, 2018