NCMC Continues Holiday Lighting Tradition


November 17, 2020

tree with patch

Photo: NCMC continued its lighting ceremony tradition on November 16, 2020, with the official lighting of Geyer Hall and tree.

North Central Missouri College Main campus in Trenton, MO, kept its recent holiday tradition of lighting the tree and lights located in front of Geyer Hall for the second year in a row. Although looking significantly different than 2019, NCMC still launched the holiday season on campus with a welcome from President Dr. Lenny Klaver and Student Senate President Jacquelyn Perez, pictures with Patch the Pirate, hot cocoa, holiday music, and the official tree lighting countdown.

Elementary age children of NCMC employees are entered into a random draw to be selected as the individual that flips the switch for the lights. For 2020, Liam Oaks was chosen to do the honors.  “I was really excited to be the one that flipped the switch, but also really nervous!” Liam said. “My favorite thing about Christmas is eating everything.” Liam is a 3rd grader from Newtown-Harris and the son of Joni and Seth Oaks. Joni is the NCMC Registrar/Director of Records and Enrollment.

This year, the lighting ceremony was only announced to students and staff and held outside to allow for social distancing. The tree and Geyer Hall lights turn on at dusk to view and enjoy.  Those wishing to view the lighting ceremony can visit NCMC hopes to continue its holiday lighting ceremony annually for years to come.

Liam Oaks

Photo: Liam Oaks from Newtown, MO, was selected to flip the switch at NCMC’s annual lighting ceremony.