A new USU tradition in its 4th year: Connections Luminary

LOGAN – A newer Aggie tradition — now in its fourth year — is the Connections Luminary and for incoming students of the class of 2023 it began Wednesday.

Utah State University’s Director of Student Orientation and Transition Services Lisa Simmons says it is actually a three-day class and Friday night it concludes in an unusual way, as they start out on foot from the Spectrum.

“They take the exact opposite of the processional that they will take when they graduate from the university. They have a lantern in the shape of Old Main Tower with a white light in it. Then, at 9 p.m. they follow the bagpipe band from the Spectrum to the Quad.

“There they gather in the shape of the block A and have their picture taken as a class. Then they will hear from President Noelle Cockett and at the very end of her speech she turns the A on Old Main Tower from white to blue.”

Changing the iconic A from white to blue is symbolic of a victory or honor for USU, as the new freshmen will come to understand.

The public is invited to come to the Quad at 9 p.m. to hold a blue luminary lantern and to line up along the sidewalk as the new students walk to the Quad.

“By participating in the luminary, we hope students will focus on graduation from the very beginning of their college career and that they will be better equipped to recognize their own personal victories along the way,” said Simmons.

USU classes begin Monday.

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