UMO Holds Tree Lighting Event

UMO Holds Tree Lighting Event

December 7, 2021
Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations

 MOUNT OLIVE – The UMO community gathers each year to start the Christmas season with the Annual Tree Lighting event.  This year’s festivities included a Ferris wheel, carnival games, hot chocolate, candy apples, popcorn, photo stations, an obstacle course, an outdoor movie, give-a-ways, and, of course, a visit from Santa. President and First Lady H. Edward and Phyllis Croom led the countdown to the lighting of the campus tree near the Garden House.

Students, faculty, staff, and their families are invited to the annual celebration organized by Student Affairs.  “This is one of my favorite Christmas traditions,” said Mount Olive resident and Marketing Director Jennifer Merritt whose husband, Geoffrey, son, Hunter, and daughter, Anna Grace, have attended the event for years.

Freshmen Macy Parkhurst said, “I had a blast taking photos and just enjoying all of the activities. The Ferris Wheel was my favorite.”

The event, planned and organized by the Office of Student Affairs, was attended by approximately 500 people.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University is sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists.  For more information, visit