Iona College Ushers in the Holidays with Lighting of the Crèche and Christmas Tree

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Members of the Iona Community gather around the Chreche to ring in the holidays and sing.

Over 100 students, faculty and staff recently came together for the lighting of the Crèche and Christmas tree at Iona College.

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Joined in song and united by the spirit of the holidays, over 100 students, faculty and staff recently came together for the lighting of the Crèche and Christmas tree at Iona College, followed by a festive dinner celebrating holiday traditions from around the world.

For the Iona College community, the annual event is a joyous occasion to connect with peers, learn more about different faiths, and enjoy a variety of student performances while sharing a delicious meal. Santa himself even stopped by!

Hannah McGowan ’20, president of the Iona College Student Government Association, said the Home for the Holidays event encourages students to learn about different cultures while relaxing and bonding as a student body.

“Home for the Holidays is a great way for the Iona community to come together, share a meal, celebrate all the holidays that happen in winter, and get to learn more about each other's cultures,” she said. “At the start of finals week, it’s nice to remember that this time is supposed to be very happy and to de-stress before we walk into finals.”

Founded in 1940, Iona College is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre campus is just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 45,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2020.” Iona College also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility.