Christmas Tree Lighting: Student Leaders, President Harris Call on Toreros to be the "Light Out of Darkness"

The University of San Diego hosted its fourth annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Paseo de Colachis Overlook on Tuesday with a first. Instead of the usual in-person fanfare, this year’s event was virtual, livestreamed on the University Ministry Instagram, @usdministry, and everyone present wore a mask and practiced social distancing.

Inspired and hopeful remarks connected to the event’s theme of “Light Out of Darkness," started the program. They came from Associated Student Government President Joey Abeyta, a senior political science major, and USD School of Law students Kendra Muller, who is the vice-chair of the Graduate Student Council, and Matthew Majd, a member of the Christian Legal Society.

They preceded comments from USD President James T. Harris III, DEd, who, at the conclusion, pushed a remote button to turn the sparkling lights on a beautiful Christmas tree donated by the Cook-Castro family.

“This is one of my favorite campus traditions, a time for our community to come together. Even if it is only virtually, as we kick off the holiday season, watching the light spread as we first light one another’s candles and then the tree, this is such a beautiful reminder that we are called to bring light out of darkness,” President Harris said.

Monsignor Daniel J. Dillabough provided a short blessing and just like that the calendar says December, Advent season is underway and the countdown to Christmas, as well as Hanukkah (Dec. 10-18), Kwanzaa (Dec. 26) and more have begun.

If you do get to the USD campus, be sure to stop by for a photo with the tree that is laced with blue and silver ornaments, lights from top to bottom, and completed by a large, bright star. It’s a wonderful visual for us all to see the light and then be the light for others.

— USD News Center

Photos by Ryan T. Blystone; Video by Allyson Meyer '16, '21 MBA



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