WSU Honors Hall Grand Opening Set for Oct. 6

PULLMAN, Wash. — A grand opening for the new home of Washington State University’s nationally-acclaimed Honors College — celebrating its 40th anniversary — will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. on Oct. 6.

As part of the event, a recognition ceremony will include WSU President V. Lane Rawlins, Mary Wack, the college’s dean and V. N. Bhatia, college director emeritus. WSU Regents and area state legislators will also participate.

The ceremony will take place in the hall’s lounge.

Located at the corner of Campus and Spokane streets, the hall was built in 1928 as the Home Economics Building. Later, it was named White Hall.

The hall has undergone a $15.3 million renovation. It has 57,000-square feet on five levels housing, 117 suite-style student residences, a computer lab, recreation room, college offices, classrooms, lounge and library.

What was then called the WSU Honors Program began in the fall of 1960. It graduated its first class in the spring of 1964.

Following the ceremony, the hall will be open for tours.