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The College of St. Scholastica

The College of St. Scholastica’s annual Advent Vespers and Lighting a Tradition events return to an in-person format on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Both are free and open to the public.

Vespers service begins at 4:30 p.m. in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel. All are welcome to attend this service as the College celebrates the start of the Advent season with stories and songs. Immediately following, community members are invited to participate in the annual tree lighting ceremony on the front steps of Tower Hall.

The 26th annual Lighting a Tradition event begins at 5:15 p.m. and will include remarks from President Barbara McDonald and Student Government Association President Jaci Tourtellott, tree lighting, Christmas carols and free cookies and hot cocoa. Members of the media should be advised that the actual lighting will take place between 5:20-5:30 p.m.

“This year’s event will be a truly special one, unlike any other lighting ceremony we’ve had,” said Lisa Roseth, executive director of alumni engagement. “We look forward to bringing together our community in hope and excitement for the Christmas season.”

Please note, face masks are required in all indoor spaces at The College of St. Scholastica. For more information about our health and safety guidelines, visit css.edu/safereturn.


St. Scholastica is a 109-year-old private, independent college founded in the Catholic Benedictine tradition. It is nationally recognized for quality and value. The College has been included in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best National Universities list and is among the state’s Top Performers on Social Mobility. The College is also ranked as a “Best Midwestern college” by Princeton Review, “Best College for Your Money” by Money magazine and Top Colleges for 2021 by Forbes. Learn more at css.edu.

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