Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!
Today is St David's Day; a very important date in the calendar for students at Jesus College!
Jesus College was founded at the request of a Welshman, (Dr Hugh Price, Treasurer of St David's Cathedral) and to this day maintains a strong connection to its Welsh roots.
How can this connection be seen today?
About 15% of the current undergraduates are Welsh, some from Welsh-medium schools.
The entrances to the staircases in second quad are decorated with chalk drawings of Welsh dragons.
The Habakkuk Building was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1971 as part of the College's 400th anniversary celebrations.
Many of the college's former principals were Welsh.
Academically, Jesus College is one of the world's centres of excellence for Celtic Studies.
How do Jesus celebrate St David's Day?
Old members and friends of the college are invited for a special St David's Day tea. After this, a service is held in chapel, conducted almost entirely in Welsh! Formal dinner is then served in the main hall and the choir often sing in Welsh, providing a lovely backdrop to the evening.
Jesus is hugely proud of its Welsh connection and today provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate in true Welsh style!
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