Christmas Candlelight Service
Weber Chapel Auditorium glows with the soft light of hundreds of candles as the voices of more than 1,500 students, faculty, staff, alumni, families and community members join together to sing "Silent Night."
This moving moment caps Christmas Candlelight Service, one of Susquehanna's most cherished annual traditions.
Started in 1966, the service also includes traditional readings, songs and prayers in celebration of the season.
The university chaplain presides and preaches, assisted by President Jonathan D. Green, a faculty lector, student deacons and a pastor from a nearby Catholic church.
Numerous student musical ensembles perform, including the Festival Chorus, University Choir, University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir and Brass Quintet.
Instead of purchasing a ticket, attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a local food bank.
A campus favorite held every year in mid-November, when faculty and staff serve students a carved turkey dinner with all the fixings in Evert Dining Room.
Students and alumni alike step it up each April with volunteer service for the benefit of food pantries, senior centers, animal shelters, and dozens of other organizations near campus and regions beyond.