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Mountaineers are united by many special qualities: Our values. Our character. A belief in simplicity, humility, and hard work.

You will find those traits in the lyrics of one of our signature songs, Simple Gifts. Many are familiar with this melody thanks to the Pride of West Virginia Marching Band, our University Choir, and other extraordinary WVU performing ensembles.

This simple Shaker hymn represents more than a song to us. It exemplifies the qualities that define us—not just at holiday time—but each and every day.

Please enjoy this year’s holiday message featuring our University Singers, directed by Jeffery Redding, singing this moving rendition of Simple Gifts at iconic locations around campus. Truly, the lyrics which include “the place just right…” resound this holiday season.

Happy Holidays from the WVU Family!