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MSU celebrates first annual Lights on Montana Hall

December 3, 2015 -- MSU News Service

Lights on Montana Hall video

Lights on Montana Hall videoMembers of the MSU Driving Club delivered treats to Spirit Plaza by wagon for Lights on Montana Hall festivities. MSU photo by Kelly GorhamASMSU Vice President Holly Capp, left, ASMSU President Levi Birky and MSU President Waded Cruzado use a giant plug to turn on the lights on Montana Hall. MSU photo by Kelly GorhamHundreds of campus and community members gather for caroling, treats and holiday spirit during the first annual Lights on Montana Hall. MSU photo by Kelly GorhamSpirit and an illuminated Montana Hall provide a backdrop for selfie opportunities. MSU photo by Sepp JannottaCotton candy was among several popular treats in the refreshment tent during the Lights on Montana Hall celebration. MSU photo by Sepp JannottaLuminarias line the sidewalk leading to Montana Hall as people snap photos of the lights during the first annual Lights on Montana Hall celebration. MSU photo by Sepp Jannotta

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For the first time in its history, Montana State University held a celebration to light its iconic Montana Hall in the heart of campus. 

The event featured carols and MSU’s Madrigal Singers, refreshments, a welcome and brief remarks from MSU President Waded Cruzado, draft horses, drum line and a countdown by MSU cheerleaders before thousands of festive lights illuminated Montana Hall.

The new, annual tradition is designed to build a sense of community among students, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors and friends, according to Cruzado.

“An important part of the university experience for our students is tradition,” Cruzado said. “During this dark time of the year, when students are preparing for finals, we wanted to inaugurate a new tradition for them, and for all of Montana State University’s faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors and friends. Lights On Montana Hall is a historic, celebratory event – one to look forward to year after year.”

The new tradition will be repeated every year on the first Wednesday in December.

Contact: Maggie Hammett, (406) 994-2343 or