The event includes traditional Christmas hymns; scripture readings by students, faculty, and staff; and Christmas carols by the College’s A Cappella Choir, led by Dr. Wayne Crannell, director of vocal music and associate professor of music, and student directors Chandler Le ’21 and Emily McMillan ’21.
Readers include Clemon White ’24; Dr. Jeremy Posadas, associate professor of religious studies; Anika Chand ’23; Dr. Kelly Reed, professor of biology; Ti’Anna Smith ’22; alumna Amy Allen Parker ’95; Nancy Pineda Gama ’21; and Austin College President Steven P. O’Day, J.D.
Elizabeth Parker ’21, Sallie Majors Religious Life Intern, will offer the invocation, and Chaplain John Williams ’84 will provide the benediction.
Student body president Nicole DeLuna ’22 will lead the lighting of the campus Christmas tree at the close of the service.
Dr. Lisa Thomas provides the organ prelude and postlude.
The service will remain available for viewing at the above links following the streaming.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 50 percent of students identifying as persons of color. The residential student body of approximately 1,300 students and more than 100 expert faculty members allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. Related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA), Austin College cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. The College, founded in 1849, is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.