The KCKCC invites the public to their oldest tradition, the 98th annual candle lighting ceremony, on Wed. Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. located in the KCKCC Performing Arts Center, 7250 State Ave., KCK. 

The candle lighting ceremony dates back to 1924 the year after the college was founded and remains an early holiday celebration for students, staff, and faculty.

“This is the longest tradition in the city, and the event showcases the many talents from past to present of our KCKCC alums and students at all our KCKCC locations,” said said Andrica Wilcoxen, director of student activities at KCKCC.

The ceremony will highlight students in the music and theatre departments as well as KCKCC Foundation scholarship donors and recipients. Among the groups performing will be the national award-winning KCKCC Jazz Band, The Standard Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Blue Devil Funk Band.

During the school’s first year, a collection was held to fund student scholarships. This also remained a tradition, as the KCKCC Student Senate will continue their “from students to students” and will present a $500 check for extra scholarships to present and future students.

A KCKCC graduate, Joseph Straws, will be this year’s keynote speaker.

This event is FREE and open to the public with a livestream available on Facebook and Vimeo accounts.