Construction for convocation center begins this summer

UNG will break ground this summer on a new convocation center at the Dahlonega Campus. This new facility will replace the smaller, outdated Memorial Hall as UNG’s primary event center.

UNG’s Memorial Hall was constructed in 1960 with a fixed-seating capacity of 1,049. Enrollment at then-North Georgia College was only 794 students. Today, UNG serves a growing enrollment of more than 17,000 students across five campuses and is one of the state’s largest public universities. Enrollment on the Dahlonega Campus alone has increased to more than 7,000 students.

Memorial Hall currently supports more than 500 separate events and activities each year, to include academic courses, student activities, military training and assemblies, special events, and NCAA Division II athletic programs.

As the center for social, academic and athletic events on campus, the convocation center will be a versatile venue that can bring the university community together.

The new convocation center will be located in the southwest zone of the Dahlonega Campus, just off Morrison Moore Parkway. The 103,000-square foot facility will serve multiple uses, including academic courses, physical training activities and university events, such as commencement ceremonies, athletic events and meetings. It will have seating capacity for more than 3,500 students, faculty and staff.

“We are really excited about the new convocation center for UNG,” Mac McConnell, UNG’s senior vice president for business and finance, said. “This will be a transformational facility for UNG and will help support the large-event needs of all of our campuses and the north Georgia region.”

The Board of Regents approved the Convocation Center in 2014, and UNG received funding support through the state legislature of $3.5 million for planning and design funds last year and $29.3 million in construction funding this year. The facility is expected to open by 2018.

In addition to supporting the needs of typical universities, this new facility is critical to UNG’s role as one of only six Senior Military Colleges in the United States. UNG’s 810-member Corps of Cadets and more than 150 active students in the Georgia Army National Guard detachment on UNG’s Dahlonega Campus desperately need expanded military training and assembly space.