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Crowd Roars for Tree Lighting

26-foot fir takes center stage


USF's third annual Christmas tree lighting received loud cheers, as 26,000 lights switched on at the new Lo Schiavo Plaza.

A boisterous holiday cheer went up from about 200 spectators, as the University of San Francisco hit the power to 12,000 LED lights on the university’s two-and-a-half-story Christmas tree on Dec. 2, instantly transforming the surrounding darkness of Lo Schiavo Plaza into the gleaming essence of holiday merriment.

Joy to carolers

The crowd’s spirits were warmed on a frosty San Francisco evening by USF Liturgical Choir carolers singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” Joy to the World,” “O, Christmas Tree,” and other holiday favorites—as students, faculty, and staff mingled and enjoyed hot cocoa and sweets.

The third annual tree lighting was staged in the new Lo Schiavo Plaza, outside University Center and across from the recently opened John Lo Schiavo, S.J. Center for Science and Innovation. University Ministry hosted the event, with Donal Godfrey, S.J. blessing the tree.

by Ed Carpenter Office of Communications & Marketing »email usfnews@usfca.edu | Twitter @usfcanews