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Dr. and Mrs. White pose for a picture during a past Christmas at the White House event

Students visit White House for Christmas celebration

by Alyssa Speicher, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University students will celebrate the Christmas season with a special event at the “White House,” the home of university president Dr. Thomas White. The celebration will take place December 7 from 6-9 p.m.

“We love students and want to get to know them,” said White. “This event allows students an opportunity to visit our home and allows our family an opportunity to serve our students through hospitality.”

Students will take a shuttle to the Whites’ home where they will enjoy snacks, dessert and fondue, decorate cookies, make s’mores and enjoy each other’s company.

“Our family seeks to serve CU students through the ministry of hospitality and let students know we genuinely care about them,” said White. “My wife makes much of the food, my daughter greets the students as they arrive and I take coats and welcome everyone while trying to talk to as many people as possible, while my son works the room by eating as many sweets as possible. It's a family ministry.”

This event is just one part of the larger Christmas tradition at Cedarville University. Other traditions include the annual Community Christmas Celebration concert, a unique Christmas Open Dorms event and Campus Christmas, an event that includes games, music and midnight breakfast in the Stevens Student Center.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,963 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit

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