Multicultural Tree Lighting Ceremony Begins New Tradition
NEW PALTZ -- Students and alumni at SUNY New Paltz will open the holiday season with a multicultural tree lighting ceremony Thursday, Dec. 7.
The ceremony, hosted by the Undergraduate Alumni Association and SUNY New Paltz Chapter of the Mid-Hudson Region, is designed to begin a new tradition recognizing the full range of faiths represented on the campus.
"Although we are a relatively small campus, we have wide and rich religious and cultural diversity," said Azita Miller, acting director of alumni affairs. "Lighting a tree that will grace the main entrance to the university is a way to celebrate our diverse community."
The event will begin with refreshments in the lobby of the Haggerty Administration Building at 5 p.m., followed by a candle lighting ceremony. At 6 p.m., the group will walk to the tree for the lighting.
Located in the heart of a dynamic college town, 90 minutes from metropolitan New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective college of about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
One of the most well-regarded public colleges in the nation, New Paltz delivers an extraordinary number of majors in Business, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Fine and Performing Arts and Education.
New Paltz embraces its culture as a community where talented and independent minded people from around the world create close personal links with real scholars and artists who love to teach.