Happy Holidays!

Things are pretty quiet on campus right now, but I’m guessing your household has livened up if your student has arrived home for winter break.

The end of the fall semester is always a time that’s both festive and stressful.  We do our best to help alleviate the stress of exams with events like the LipSync performance, a fun competition that Greek organizations take pretty seriously; Study Paws, where faculty and staff bring their dogs to campus to play and cuddle with students; activities and snacks at the library; and Late-Night Breakfast, where faculty and staff serve up pancakes, bacon, eggs and more.

And the holidays are always given their due with the Grand Illumination of the multistory tree in the Rotunda; the lighting of the downtown Farmville Christmas tree, which always draws an enthusiastic crowd; caroling in the Rotunda;  and the community holiday dinner where students provide the entertainment.

I’m sharing some of these photos with you today, and I hope your family’s holidays also are full of many equally fun and memorable photo ops.

With warmest wishes for the season,
Sabrina Brown

Student musicians provide the entertainment for Longwood’s annual holiday dinners.
Chamber Orchestra
Jazz Band
The Grand Illumination of the towering tree in the Rotunda provides opportunities for seasonal selfies—and sugar cookies.

Downtown Farmville puts on a show every December with the lighting of the tree, music and holiday treats.

Late-night Breakfast Photos

Study Paws Photos

LipSync Photos


A class ring makes a special gift—and the Ring Ceremony ties it up in a bow

If you’re thinking about what to give your Lancer this holiday season, you might want to consider a Longwood class ring.

In addition to being a lasting memento of one of the most pivotal times of their lives, a class ring gives your junior or senior Lancer—as well as their invited guests—the opportunity to participate in Longwood’s Ring Ceremony. It’s a cherished tradition where representatives of the university and the Alumni Board present students with their rings, which have spent the previous night in a special locked chest in the Rotunda.

Family members and friends are part of the celebration at Longwood’s annual Ring Ceremony, where students receive their class rings.

The next Ring Ceremony is set for noon Sunday, March 24, 2024. The final date to purchase a ring in time for it to be presented at the 2024 Ring Ceremony is Feb. 8, 2024. Everyone who purchases a ring by Feb. 8 will receive an invitation to the ceremony.

Balfour is the only company to offer the official Longwood ring. Visit the Balfour website to see options and costs.

More information is available online about purchasing a ring and the Ring Ceremony. Or contact Alumni and Career Services at alumni@longwood.edu.