21 And Glowing

Glow as We Grow, As OneSMU

SMU celebrates our 21st anniversary on Patron’s Day (PD), with the theme, 21 and Glowing! As a university entering a new decade, we glow as we grow, making impact further in the world and into the future.

Watch us transform this landmark event into its first hybrid model, leveraging on the best of both online and offline worlds. Experience PD21 at your fingertips over not just 1 day, but a whopping 21 days from 21 January 2021!

Celebrate our coming of age through a host of curated activities that bridge innovation with tradition. Traverse with ease between exciting new experiences and popular signature activities which we have put a new spin on!   


Glow from Within 

Glow, SMOO, Glow! invites you to reflect on “What Makes You Glow” to light up a digital SMOO SMOO on our portal. See this take form as a huge inflatable SMOO SMOO illuminating SMU Campus Green each night. While you are there, walk over to SMU U-Square to see the Big Books façade on Li Ka Shing Library. Dressed up as a larger-than-life bookshelf, the installation symbolises the wealth of knowledge that glows within its repository of over 55,000 book titles. Show us how you too have glowed up over 21 years, by taking part in our photo contest #GlowedUp Challenge, contrasting your before-and-after selves!  


Glow with Technology  

Enter a reimagined virtual Campus Green decorated with PD festivities. Glow and Play at our sure-win online games zone. You can even sign up to be a player on our virtual live gameshow to win exclusive prizes! And for one-night-only on 29 January, watch Singapore’s hottest headliners Tabitha Nauser, Yung Raja, The Freshman and Annette Lee take center stage and shine against a backdrop powered by cutting-edge XR technology in a 90-minute music extravaganza, Solid Glow Live


Glow Together

For the first time in PD history, SMU community all around the world can participate in PD in the convenience and safety of their homes. Let’s Glow Shopping to support 21 artisanal and creative SMU Makers who are building their brand on our SMU Makers’ Market e-platform and shoppertainment livestream. Reuse, repurpose and recycle at this year’s PD Pasar, Give It Another Glow, where we curate preloved items donated by SMU community in our efforts to promote environmental sustainability.


First Hybrid PD

Mark 21 Jan to 10 Feb on your calendars to enjoy these activities and more free of charge! Everyone is welcome.

21 Days from 21 Jan (to 10 Feb) 

unless otherwise stated 

  ONLINE at the portal ONSITE at SMU
1. Glow, SMOO, Glow! Light up our Digital SMOO SMOO by reflecting on ‘What Makes You Glow’. Huge inflatable SMOO SMOO on Campus Green lights up nightly for 21 nights (7pm – 11pm).
2. Big Books Big Books Challenge – a fun spot-the-difference game to win prizes. Big Books installation – larger-than-life bookshelf on the walls of Li Ka Shing Library, symbolising the thought leadership and the wealth of knowledge glowing from within SMU. Enhanced illumination for 21 nights.
3. #GlowedUp Challenge Photo Contest contrasting your before-and-after selves, 21 years apart! Submit online  
4. Fun and Games - Glow and Play 8 sure-win games online + Instagram filter game + Studio gameshow ‘Glow and Play’ livestream (Tuedays and Wednesdays in these 21 days, 8pm)  
5. Entertainment - Solid Glow Live

‘Solid Glow Live’ – a 100 min high energy show featuring Singapore’s hottest headliners and SMU dance and DJ clubs on an XR (Extended Reality) virtual stage.   

Livestream Premiere: 29 Jan Friday, 8pm. FREE.  

From 30 Jan, the show is repeated on the hour, every even hour.  

6. Makers Market – Let’s Glow Shopping Virtual marketplace 24/7 + Shoppertainment livestream ‘Let’s Glow Shopping’ with exclusive deals (every Thursdays in these 21 days, 8pm) 21 SMU Makers’ products will be on display at The Alcove between 21 Jan and 10 Feb.  Weekdays Only. 11am to 5pm.
7. PD Pasar – Give It Another Glow Virtual marketplace 24/7 Pre-loved items on display at The Alcove between 21 Jan to 10 Feb.  Weekdays Only. 11am to 5pm.


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