University Christmas Tree is a Live One for 2020

    The University of Scranton planted a live Norway Spruce on the Dionne Campus Green to serve as Christmas tree for 2020 and years to come.
    November 17, 2020

    University of Scranton President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., announced to the university community “a new addition to our campus, a 25’ evergreen tree or more specifically, a Norway Spruce” that will serve as the University’s Christmas tree this year and for years to come.

     “There’s a song from the Broadway musical, Mame, entitled, ‘We need a Little Christmas.’ If there was ever a time when we need a little Christmas, it’s right now,” said Father Pilarz in a message sent to the University community on Nov. 13. He said the tree was planted early this year so students can enjoy it prior to the campus closing next week on Nov 25.

    “Let it be a symbol to all of us of enduring hope and the God who saves us by entering our world with love. All during this pandemic, you have been remarkable colleagues and collaborators. Let us not take that for granted,” wrote Father Pilarz. “When you come back to visit in the coming years, you can tell your families that you were here when this tree was planted.”

    The University could not hold a formal tree-lighting ceremony this year due to restrictions caused by the pandemic.

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