Another ribbon-cutting ceremony held on October 8 officially dedicated Roberson Hall, the new residence hall that was unveiled to the Emmanuel and Franklin Springs communities on August 3.
Roberson Hall is a three-part building that includes an east wing and a west wing connected by a central gathering hall. It has the capacity to house up to 138 students.
The building of this residence hall was initiated when David and Robert Roberson felt led to donate $1 million, the largest single gift in Emmanuel College history. Roy Carroll, their nephew, and his company, The Carroll Companies, built Robertson Hall with the assistance of the David Allen Company in Raleigh, NC. Between the Carroll and Roberson families, almost $750,000 in gifts in kind were also donated to the project, such as the intricate marble and terrazzo flooring at the main entrance to the gathering hall.
While the Roberson family has had over 35 students attend Emmanuel College from their family over the last six decades, the inspiration of this gift was to help meet the critical need for housing that Emmanuel was facing. According to President Michael Stewart, “The opening of Roberson Hall not only indicates the continued growth of Emmanuel College, but it marks our commitment to provide a quality, Christcentered education to our students. Roberson Hall transforms our campus landscape just as we pray Christ will transform lives within it. We are deeply thankful to the Lord—Great things He has done!”
Emmanuel College is grateful to the Roberson and Carroll families for their vision and confidence in helping Emmanuel advance its mission.