Rogers State University opened the holiday season with the annual Holiday on the Hill lighting ceremony Tuesday night in front of Prepatory Hall.
The masters of ceremonies were homecoming king and queen Houston Gaither and Darcy Roach.
Festivities included performances of holiday classics by the Rogers State University and Claremore High School choirs. RSU Radio DJs Garrett Powders and Josh Gammon, as well as, campus activities team member Hannah Westlund presented a reading of family favorite “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
Free hot chocolate and hot apple cider were available to the public during the performances. Attendees then counted down before Hillcub Princess Ashleigh Taylor flipped the switch, illuminating thousands of holiday lights across the campus. Santa Claus and Hunter the Hillcat were available for pictures following the ceremony.
In 2010, RSU officially adopted Claremont Elementary, and began the Hillcub program. The partners in education are currently hosting the fourth annual Hillcub Drive. This year’s drive theme is called “Hillcubs on the Move” and the goal is to promote physical fitness by giving each Claremont student a bag filled with sports items.
Community residents can drop off new water bottles, basketballs, jump ropes, etc. at the donation box in the Centennial Center rotunda until Dec. 16.