FHSU campus tree lighting ceremony set for tomorrow


Fort Hays State University is brimming with holiday cheer as it gears up for the annual FHSU Tree Lighting Ceremony that is scheduled to take place tomorrow evening.  

While the tree that has been used in the past for the tree lighting was unfortunately blown down in last spring’s wind storm, those looking for twinkling lights and holiday cheer needn’t worry. 

“We are planning on keeping the ceremony in front of Sheridan. Two new evergreen trees have been planted in the same spot to replace the previous tree,” Student Engagement Coordinator Brett Meyer said. “We are very excited to celebrate these new evergreens with the kickoff of our event.”

Meyer is unsure of when the tree lighting event officially began but said the event has gained popularity through the years.  

“Ever since it was started, it has been a big hit,” Meyer said. “Nearly 200-300 people attend each year.”

He continues by explaining how the tree lighting is important as it excites students and faculty for the Holiday season and motivates everyone to finish the semester strong. 

“With finals happening shortly, the students and staff can take a breath and go enjoy some hot chocolate with their friends and be reminded of the little things in life that matter such as friendship, community and belonging,” Meyer said. 

Meyer also points out the community aspect of the ceremony and how special it is for the little ones to be on-campus. 

“Student Engagement also loves this event because it unites the FHSU students with the community,” he said. “Nothing is better than having future Tigers in attendance and for them to get to be around current as well as past FHSU students.”

This event would not be made possible without everyone that has contributed to the Christmas spirit. Meyer touches on how long this ceremony has been in the works as well as wishes a quick note of gratitude for everyone that was involved with the planning, preparation, or execution. 

“We have been planning this event ever since homecoming ended. We have a great group of students and graduate students that volunteered to put on this Christmas miracle, and they have been working very hard to make it a special evening,” Meyer said. 

Meyer concludes by mentioning his own favorite part of the night as well as hints at the fact that this year will be slightly different than years previous. 

“My favorite activity would be the picture with Santa,” he said. “We are getting creative this year and making it an enjoyable experience not only for children but for the FHSU students.” 

For any other questions about the event or more general information, you can contact Student Engagement at engage@fhsu.edu

The tree lighting will take place at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow and will end at 8:00 p.m. located at the Beach Schmidt Auditorium. 

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