Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
College History

Academics

1923

Candle Light Ceremony is established

The first Candle Light Ceremony was held in 1923, inviting new students to join the Religious Association or YWCA, which, with the Athletic Association, organized most campus activities.

First year students, dressed in white, paraded into the Chapel and were given candles. Throughout the years, the religious connotations associated with the Candlelight Ceremony have diminished. Instead, first year students are introduced to college traditions, songs and ghost stories.

Following the Chapel program, first year students line up around Peacock Pond and light candles. The candles resurface the night before commencement, when seniors gather around the pond again to light their candles one more time and float them in the water.

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