As the holiday season and final exams approached, Centre College faculty, staff and students enjoyed the holiday traditions that spread joy in the midst of the stress the end of the semester brings.
Among the festivities is 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 last week of the Fall semester. Beloved by both the students and faculty, the tradition has endured at Centre for more than 30 years.
Members of the campus community also annually gather in Old Centre for tree trimming. Residence Assistants are 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 senior staff often pitch in.
The perfect pick-me-up during finals, Late-Night Breakfast offered a delicious meal served by faculty and staff in the Cowan Dining Commons. The study-breaker helps students recharge and get ready for exams and also illustrates Centre’s deep sense of community. The Centre Parents Association also sponsored breakfast stations in Crounse and Young Halls every morning of finals week.
Holiday-themed shows at Centre’s Norton Center for the Arts offered uplifting performances by highly talented artists for people of all ages. This year, R&B legend Brian McKnight wowed the Norton Center audience with traditional classics and contemporary holiday hits.
To round out the holiday season, faculty, staff and their families recently celebrated with the College’s annual holiday dinner, with entertainment provided by President 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 15, 2017