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William Peace University Participates in 40th Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour

Four-Year Baccalaureate University Will Serve as the First and Last Stop During the Annual Community Candlelight Tour

Raleigh, NC, December 04, 2011 --( William Peace University (, a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that the university will participate in the 40th Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour, an opportunity to tour Victorian style homes throughout the Historic Oakwood community, on Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. A community located in the middle of downtown Raleigh, the Historic Oakwood neighborhood focuses on preserving community homes dating back to the 1800s. William Peace University will serve as the first and last stop on the tour and will provide holiday caroling throughout the day courtesy of the university’s Peace Singers.

“The candlelight tour of homes has become an annual community tradition and staple for the Historic Oakwood neighborhood, and we are honored to participate in this year’s event,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “William Peace University is proud to be part of a community filled with long preserved tradition, and there is no better time to celebrate its history and presence in downtown Raleigh than during the holiday season.”

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- The university will serve free hot cider and cookies in the Main Building, as well as provide free parking on both Peace and Delway streets.

- The candlelight tour will take participants through 13 Historic Oakwood properties. For more information, please visit

About William Peace University:
William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and will begin admitting male students to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit

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