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ASU's Campus & Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Draws Huge Crowd

By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU

Alabama State University hosted its annual Campus and Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 16 on the ASU Academic Mall amid a throng of Hornet Nation Family members. President Quinton T. Ross, Jr. presided over the event, with WSFA TV 12 news anchor, Rosanna Smith, serving as the master of ceremonies. In addition to the Yuletide festivities, the ceremony also served as the kick-off event for ASU's 99th Turkey Day Classic Week. The event was complemented by remarks  from student leaders and employees, including a prayer by ASU's Rev. Catrina Waters and holiday music from the Mighty Marching Hornets Band, the ASU Choir and Trebled Soul.

President Ross welcomed the crowd on behalf of the University's Board of Trustees and family with seasonal greetings and words of encouragement.

"This Tree Lighting Ceremony is symbolic of Christmas - it’s light of hope - and the season of giving and charity," Ross said. "I am thankful for the many blessings we have for our school and believe we must think of and do what we can for the less fortunate, which includes those here in our community, as well as the people of Israel and Palestine, who are on my mind because of the violence that is occurring."

The University's student-leaders who brought greetings included Student Government Association President, Landon Hale and Miss ASU, Kayla Edwards.

"This ceremony is representative of what President Ross calls CommUniversity, and it is a symbol of hope, unity, kindness, joy and giving," stated SGA President Hale.

Miss ASU shared with the attendees that "this is a moment for ASU to come together and appreciate the diversity that makes Alabama State University so special."

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.