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In Memory

Candlelight remembrance ceremony April 24

April 11, 2014

All members of our campus community are invited to a candlelight remembrance ceremony at 4:45 p.m. April 24 to honor Colorado State students, faculty, and staff who passed away this academic year. The brief, 15-minute ceremony will take place on the north steps of the Administration Building and will include a reading of names of those who have died this year – along with an opportunity for silent reflection.

Candles will be provided at the event.

The short service will conclude with a walk up the Oval, ending at the non-denominational Danforth Chapel. The chapel will be open until 6 p.m. for those who want a quiet place for personal contemplation following the ceremony.

Frequently asked questions

Why are we doing a ceremony like this?
Every year, CSU loses treasured members of its community. We believe there is a need to come together to remember them, honor them, and acknowledge what they meant to this institution and to their friends and colleagues within the campus community.

Can I say a few words about my friend?
No. This will be a time for silent reflection as a community, although we encourage friends, colleagues, and residence hall communities to attend together to support one another.

Can I bring flowers?
While this is not prohibited, it is not encouraged. There won’t be a spot to leave them.

Who will be remembered?
All Colorado State students, faculty, and staff who have passed away this academic year.

How can I make sure my friend/colleague is on the list of names to be read?
Feel free to email the name of your friend/colleague to Dell Rae Ciaravola or Ashley Vigil. All those of whom the University is aware will be included, but there will also be an opportunity at the ceremony for participants to share additional names of those they want to remember.

Will there be another service like this next year?
We expect an event of this type will become a campus tradition, but that is still under discussion.

Why are you using candles when it will still be light out?
The candles have a symbolic significance -- they are a symbol of hope and a way of showing solidarity with one another and the person who is being remembered. No one is required to carry a candle, but they will be available for all who want them.

Is this a religious event?
No. This is a community gathering. All members of the community are invited to attend and remember -- and are welcome to do so in keeping with their own faith tradition or no faith tradition.