CHERIE DIEZ | Times Members of Eckerd College's Class of 2018 participate Friday in the traditional Ceremony of Lights at the St. Petersburg campus. The ceremony, a long-standing practice for incoming Eckerd freshmen and their families, marks the reception of the class. It is always on the first day of the autumn term, a three-week session designed to introduce new students to the realities of college life and their liberal arts education. During the ceremony, faculty members light their candles from a lamp at the front of the stage and then go through the audience lighting others' candles, symbolizing the spread of knowledge from the faculty to the students. College president Donald Eastman also spoke.