Event features lights, music, hot chocolate, free T-shirts, selfie stations and more to kick off Christmas season

Cookeville – Tennessee Tech is ready to turn on the lights at its annual holiday tradition of Lighting the Quad set for Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. on the university’s famed Main Quad in front of Derryberry Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

“This is one of our favorite events,” said Tennessee Tech First Lady Kari Oldham. “We started this tradition several years ago, and it has continued to grow in popularity. It really brings the campus community together to celebrate during this special time of year.”

This event features holiday lights, music, hot chocolate, free T-shirts, selfie stations and more. In the event of unfavorable weather, a rain date has been scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m.

Lighting the Quad is the unofficial kick off to the holiday season at Tech. It connects the campus community as well as the surrounding communities. Students, alumni, faculty and staff make it a point to attend and enjoy the festivities together. It is especially exciting for the new freshman at Tech to experience for the first time.

“Although I have never attended this event before, I love all things holiday,” Ayrianna Kiral-King, a freshman communications major from Monterey, said. “I’m very excited to see the Quad light up and watch the festivities begin.”

The holiday lights on the Quad will be available to enjoy the rest of the year. They will come on each evening at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the lights with their friends and loved ones, and to share their photos on social media using #TNTechLights.

“I’m excited to be able to see the decorations when I walk around campus after they are lit up,” Selah Bell, a freshman English major from Hendersonville, said. “It will definitely add some holiday spirit to my routine.”

Tennessee Tech is ranked as the number one public university in the state, according to Money Magazine, as well as a “Best National University” by U.S. News & World Report. The university offers more than 200-plus programs of study, and Tech grads leave with the least debt of all public universities in the state. In fact, based on total cost and alumni earnings, Tech provides students with the highest return on investment for any public university in Tennessee, according to PayScale.

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