Celebrating PLU’s 2016 Sankta Lucia
A bearer of light in a dark world
For more than 60 years Pacific Lutheran University has been celebrating Sankta Lucia. This year, the tradition continues on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. in Eastvold Auditorium of the Karen Hille Phillips Center for Performing Arts.
The tradition, most strongly celebrated in Sweden, honors a young woman who stood up for her beliefs and her family in the face of persecution. At PLU, the Lucia is chosen based on an essay and interview process where they show dedication, a sense of service and optimism. The Lucia is recognized with a $500 scholarship and a crown of candles.
Sankta Lucia brings together PLU’s Scandinavian and Lutheran heritage with a focus on gender equality and vocation by celebrating a symbol of steadfast dedication to do good in the world,” said Elisabeth Ward, director of the Scandinavian Cultural Center.
Date: Sunday, Dec. 11
Time: 5 p.m.
Place: Eastvold Auditorium, Karen Hille Phillips Center for Performing Arts (followed by a reception in the Scandinavian Cultural Center).
Free (students of any age)
All students who apply share their voices with the PLU community at a public concert. Members of the public are invited to participate as well, particularly children under the age of 13, who wish to share in this traditional Nordic festival.
The students also perform at local nursing homes, where they distribute hand made gifts to the residents, as well as sing the Lucia songs and other Christmas carols. The Lucia’s also help bring joy to the participants of PLU’s Winterfest event by welcoming the families.