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Rocky Mountain College hosts 106th Candlelight dinner

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BILLINGS - Thursday is a special night at Rocky Mountain College one that  commemorates a time-honored tradition.  It's a celebration, not just for students and staff, but for community members who have ties to the institution.

It turns out Rocky is not only important to this community, but it also holds an important part of Magic City history.

It was 1910; Billings, Montana, cold and exhausted the first students and staff of Rocky gathered by candlelight.

Rocky Mountain College President Robert Wilmouth said Thursday that the event is a fun tradition for those who are connected to the school, and a great way to reflect on historic roots. 

"There wasn't any electricity, so it was actually the community that helped them out initially," said Wilmouth.

106 years later, the tradition continues.

"It's about the community, candlelight dinners are our oldest tradition, and now it's become a legacy. 106 years ago 100 students started on a path from Rocky Mountain College to officially start their lives here," said Wilmouth.

Although time has passed, the students of 2015 still hold that same passion for education as those who came before them. Alissa Robinson is a senior at Rocky. She said Thursday that the dinner is a fun way to meet those who have helped make countless students educations possible through scholarship donations. 

"We invite all the scholarship donors, and they come and you get to meet them and talk to them and hear what their life stories are and what led them to sponsor this private little college in the middle of Montana." said Robinson.

The dinner is a time for celebration and gratitude for an institution that only gets better with age.

"There's always new people coming in, but they're consistently holding those same high standards," said Robinson.

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