BOZEMAN -- Continuing the tradition, Montana State University will celebrate the third annual lighting of its iconic Montana Hall in the heart of campus beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. The lighting ceremony is open to the public, and students, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors and friends are invited to attend.
Known as “Lights On Montana Hall,” the event will take place at the Alumni Plaza and Bobcat Spirit statue located just north of Montana Hall. It will feature holiday music, the MSU School of Music’s Montanans, carols by preschool students from MSU’s Child Development Center, remarks from the student body president and vice president, a welcome and brief remarks from MSU President Waded Cruzado, draft horses, drum line and a countdown by MSU cheerleaders and Champ before thousands of festive lights illuminate Montana Hall. Refreshments will be provided.
The annual tradition is designed to build a sense of community among students, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors and friends, according to Cruzado.
“During this time of year, as the nights get longer and the year comes to a close, it’s so important to have a time to come together to celebrate traditions and to appreciate the things that bring us together as a Bobcat community," Cruzado said. “In 2015, we began a new tradition with Lights on Montana Hall, one we hope to continue for many years to come, celebrating with all of Montana State University’s faculty, students, staff, alumni, neighbors and friends.”
Parking for the event will be available in all non-reserved spots on campus for free after 4:30 p.m., including the top level of the parking garage. A map of the MSU parking lots may be found at http://www.montana.edu/parking/documents/ParkingMap.pdf.
Built in 1896, Montana Hall is one of the campus’ central landmarks. Formerly called Old Main, it is the second oldest structure on campus.