On Monday, October 17, UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and UMass President Marty Meehan will officially cut the ribbon on the state-of-the-art University Hall, the second new academic building to open on campus in two years.
The four-story, $130 million University Hall provides nearly 2,000 seats of classroom space, along with specialized studios and exhibition spaces for the visual and performing arts, a 150-seat recital hall, a 500-seat auditorium, and a black box theater with adjacent costume and scene shops. The copper-cladded building also houses chemistry labs, study spaces, and specialized instructional spaces.
University Hall opened for classes earlier this year, and is already a favorite study spot for students, who flock to the atrium to take in stunning views of Dorchester Bay, grab a snack at the Beacon Café, or take advantage of the practice studios.
The ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 4 p.m. in the building's auditorium. After a speaking program, visitors are invited to attend a reception and take tours of the building. There will also be a celebration of the arts at UMass Boston featuring a performance by the UMass Boston chorus, a gallery discussion with artist Todd Pavlisko, and a rehearsal of the Performing Arts Department’s Bat Boy: The Musical.