|Red and gold lights will decorate the walls of Old Main in commemoration of Charleston High School's graduation ceremonies this weekend.|
Eastern Illinois University will share in the celebrations when Charleston and Mattoon high school seniors graduate in the coming days.
On Thursday and Friday (May 16 and 17) evenings, the institution’s administration building (Old Main, a.k.a., the “Castle”) will be illuminated in red and gold in commemoration of Charleston High School’s graduation activities. The actual ceremony is set to begin at 8 p.m. Friday in EIU’s Lantz Arena.
Then, on the evenings of Thursday and Friday, May 23 and 24, the building will be decorated in green and gold. Mattoon High School will hold its commencement at 8 p.m. that Friday at the high school.
A programmable lighting system allows Eastern to celebrate university and community events. The system was installed in response to Eastern’s efforts, in working with the city of Charleston, to create a “collaborative landscape/streetscape plan” from the Neal Welcome Center, located at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Douglas Street, eastward to 18th Street (Route 130).
In addition to helping provide a welcoming corridor along Lincoln Avenue, the new lighting is expected to strengthen the connection between campus and the community, and showcase the building’s outstanding architectural features.