Texas A&M University officials and student leaders plan a brief ceremony Monday (Aug. 17) at the Memorial Student Center to commemorate its closing for major renovation and expansion.
The 9 a.m. ceremony will be held at the MSC’s traditional entrance facing Simpson Drill Field.
“Since its dedication on Muster Day (April 21) 1951, the Memorial Student Center has welcomed many generations of Aggies to Texas A&M University,” says MSC President Stephanie Burns. She adds that it has become a living tradition at the university and has served as a center for hundreds of activities, meetings and events on campus.
“The MSC Renovation and Expansion project will bring much-needed improvements and enhancements to the building, and we look forward to 2012 when the Memorial Student Center will welcome Aggies once again,” Burns notes, adding that the ceremony formally transfers the status of the facility from that of a memorial to that of a construction site.
The MSC was dedicated to honor Aggies who have given their lives in service of their country and it housed the the Medal of Honor plaques for the seven Aggies who earned that honor. In preparation for the renovation, those plaques have been relocated to the Exhibit Hall in the Rudder Theatre Complex.