Celebrating PLU’s 2023 Sankta Lucia

A bearer of light in a dark world

For over 70 years Pacific Lutheran University has been celebrating Sankta Lucia. Our tradition emerges from Sweden which celebrates the Sicilian saint, Sankta Lucia, who stood up for her beliefs in the face of persecution. At PLU, the Lucia is chosen based on an essay and interview process where applicants demonstrate their dedication to service and honoring the core elements of Lutheran higher education. The appointed Lucia is recognized with a $1000 scholarship and a crown of candles.

Event Details

Date: December 10, 2023
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Place: Scan Center
Admission: FREE

Students who apply and participate share their voices with the PLU community at a public concert. In 2021, the Lucia Celebration took place live in the Scandinavian Cultural Center.

Members of the public who wish to share in this traditional Nordic festival are invited.

In 2021, there was not a presentation at a local nursing home. Once the pandemic fades, we will hopefully, sing the Lucia songs and other Christmas carols for the elderly again.

Rehearsals will be on Sunday afternoons in November for the students participating, dates will be released closer to the event.

The video from three years ago, Sunday, December 13, 2020 is available on PLU’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/PacificLutheranUniv)

2019 Lucia; Aubrietta McCrone
The Candle Ceremony

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Brief History of Lucia Fest at PLU

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The Legend of Sankta Lucia

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Sankta Lucia Scholarship

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