WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Purdue Memorial Union is hosting its annual tree lighting ceremony this evening.
The 30-foot-tall 21-year-old blue spruce was delivered Monday. It was donated by the Berenda family of West Lafayette and planted in 1998.
The Berendas are Purdue fans and wanted the tree to be enjoyed by students and the community.
Katelyn Milligan, The Director of Spirit and Traditions, Purdue Student Union Board, says the tree is a unique tradition.
"I sort of think of it as Purdue's like Rockefeller tree like the one in New York so it's just something really cool. I don't think a lot of other campuses do this," said Milligan.
Vice Provost for Student Life Beth McCuskey will light the tree during a ceremony at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the Purdue Memorial Union Great Hall.