The first Day of the Dead altar was set up inside the Honors College building in 2005. Michelle Sotolongo, now an academic adviser, was one of two students who initiated the yearly celebration honoring life and Mexican culture.
Traditionally, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. The holiday is meant to mock death and celebrate life.
“We wanted to do something different from all the commercialized Halloween celebrations,” Sotolongo said. “We already had a personal collection of skulls and stuff like that. Also, we were both from Mexico, so we decided to put our stuff together, and we set up an altar in the Honors College.”