(VIDEO) The time-honored tradition took place Friday (Dec. 2).
Texas Tech University's Residence Halls Association in collaboration with the Office of the President, University Student Housing, Hospitality Services, Operations Division and the School of Music hosted the 64th annual Carol of Lights® to officially kick off Texas Tech's Centennial Celebration. The event began with a carillon concert followed by the torch light processional led by Raider Red, the Saddle Tramps and the Masked Rider.
Carol of Lights® is one of Texas Tech's largest and oldest traditions and was attended by thousands of students, alumni and members of the Lubbock community this year.
“The time-honored tradition of the Carol of Lights® provided the perfect backdrop for the start of our year-long celebration,” said Blayne Beal, director of centennial coordination. “It is our sincere hope that Red Raiders all over the world felt the excitement of the night and will take part in our Centennial Celebration in any way that they can. This will be a special year for Texas Tech, and the memories of this year will reverberate through generations of Red Raiders.”
To usher in the official start of the Centennial Celebration, the program was reimagined with live entertainment featuring performances by Wade Bowen and The Maines Brothers Band, new staging, video, lighting and sound, as well as a fireworks display to conclude the night.
If you missed the event, a recording is available here.