The Twining and Cutting of the Ivy

As the spring term is coming to a close, NCU’s seniors can start looking forward to a special event: the Cutting of the Ivy. This event is the conclusion of a bookend experience that all students share in. When we were incoming freshmen, we participated in the Twining of the Ivy. During fall orientation, each of us tied the ends of our piece of ivy to those of our peers, forming a giant ring of ivy in the Quad. This tradition celebrates and symbolizes the unity of the NCU community we each become a part of. Now, at the end of our journey, we cut the ring we formed four years ago, to symbolize the fact that, while we may go our separate ways, we each take part of that community with us.

This tradition was started (or, at least, restarted) about seven years ago by one of NCU’s former campus pastors, Steve Poetzl. Before Poetzl, NCU had only maintained a Cutting of the Ivy ceremony at the end of each year, so he was responsible for the inception of the annual twining ceremony. Until recently, NCU had ivy growing on the walls of some of its buildings, so the ivy used in these ceremonies was originally taken from the school’s grounds. Additionally, the cutting of the ivy used to take place during the last chapel service of the year, but it was moved to a later date so that parents could be present like they were at the twining ceremony.

The Twining of the Ivy is an NCU tradition with a short, but rich history. As we complete our final papers and exams, let us take the time to reflect on our experience of being part of the NCU community and our hopes for the future.

For the seniors reading this, remember your calling, and remember that no matter where we all end up, we are all one in Christ Jesus.

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