Virtual Alumni Holiday Party & Star Trees Lighting

Join members of the Willamette family from around the world and alumni from all four WU schools (PNCA, College of Law, AGSM and CAS) as we gather online for this year's Holiday Party and Virtual Star Trees Lighting.

star trees on a computer screen

Holiday Party & Star Trees Schedule

Dec. 4, 2021

Virtual Alumni Holiday Party

6:00 PM PT

Spend time with friends and classmates as we enjoy an exciting holiday broadcast event and toast the Willamette community with your favorite beverage.


  • A greeting from Alumni Board of Directors President Linda Lewis '79
  • A special holiday message and update from President Steve Thorsett
  • Breakout rooms for connecting with friends, including rooms for the PNCA community and Willamette parents

Virtual Star Trees Lighting 

Begins approximately at 7:00 PM PT

Tune in for a beloved Willamette tradition — livestreamed around the world — as the iconic Willamette Star Trees light up the Salem night sky.


  • Words of reflection and celebration from Chaplain Ineda Pearl Adesanya 
  • Festive holiday carols from Willamette music students 
  • The magic of the tree lighting itself!

About the Star Trees


Planted by the Class of 1942 to honor the university’s 100th anniversary, these five giant Sequoias are the largest on any college or university campus in the U.S. Walk into the middle of them and look up to see a star-shaped sky. Each year since 1997, the campus has decorated the Star Trees with holiday lights for all to see and enjoy.

Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at or 503-375-5304.

Willamette University

Alumni and Parent Engagement

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-375-5304 voice
503-370-6830 fax

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