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Lighting a Tradition event on the St. Scholastica Duluth campus.

The community is invited to ring in the holiday season at The College of St. Scholastica’s annual Advent Vespers service and tree lighting event, starting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The Advent Vespers service begins at 4:30 p.m. in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, which is between Tower Hall and St. Scholastica Monastery on campus.

“All are welcome at this service as we celebrate the season with stories and song,” said Campus Minister Mark Hakes.

The service will conclude with a candlelit procession to the front steps of Tower Hall, where the Lighting a Tradition event will start at about 5:20 p.m. Students, faculty and staff will gather for a countdown to the lighting of the campus holiday lights, followed by Christmas carols and a reception with cookies and hot cocoa.

St. Scholastica is nationally recognized for quality and value. It has been named the top Minnesota college for economic mobility, and U.S. News & World Report includes it on its Best National Universities and Top Performers on Social Mobility lists. The College is ranked on Money magazine’s “Best Colleges for your Money” list, Princeton Review’s 2020 list of Best Midwestern Colleges, and Forbes’ Top Colleges list. The Center for First-Generation Student Success has named St. Scholastica one of the top 80 colleges in the country for commitment to first-generation students. Learn more at