john lewis student center opening

Kristen Bailey

John Lewis Student Center and Stamps Commons Dedication

Blue skies were the backdrop for the John Lewis Student Center and Stamps Commons dedication on Thursday, Sept. 29. The multiyear project and rejuvenation of the center of campus, which also includes the Exhibition Hall and Pavilion, is now complete. The entire project encompasses five buildings with 232,350 square feet of interior space, spread out across 11 acres. The dedication included ribbon-cuttings, a community celebration, student performances, and a Conversations With Cabrera panel discussion centered around the life of John Lewis.

ribbon-cutting of the student center
(L-R): John Stein, Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, Beth Cabrera, Ángel Cabrera, Kanak Agarwal, and Luoluo Hong cut the ribbon for the new John Lewis Student Center.
john lewis mural
Several graphics in the building feature Lewis and showcase his student leadership efforts.
exterior of the new john lewis student center and stamps commons
The center of campus has been transformed with the opening of the new John Lewis Student Center and Stamps Commons.
band plays at the student center dedication
The Yellow Jacket Marching Band plays as part of the celebration.
conversations with cabrera john lewis panel discussion
President Ángel Cabrera moderated a discussion about Lewis' life and work with Douglas Flamming, Joycelyn Wilson, and Kabir Sehgal.
conversations with cabrera
The discussion was centered in part around the book Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation, a collection of reflections and words of wisdom from John Lewis.
stamps commons ribbon-cutting
Connelly Crowe and Randy McDow from the Stamps Scholars program join Beth Cabrera, Kanak Agarwal, Ángel Cabrera, and Luoluo Hong to celebrate the ribbon-cutting of the renovated Stamps Commons.
student center ribbon-cutting
President Cabrera cuts the ribbon to kick off the community celebration.
celebration outside the new student center
Members of the campus community gathered at the new buildings to celebrate.
the new student center has several patios
Students look out from one of the new vistas at Stamps Commons.
mural in new student center
Students can relax, recharge, and refuel in the new space, which features inspirational art and wisdom from Lewis.

John Lewis Student Center Building Dedication Ceremony


Photos by Allison Carter and Rob Felt