October 26, 2022

A New Graduate Campus Experience is Coming Soon

The Graduate Commons will be an inviting outdoor gathering space for the LC community and visitors alike, and serve as a central hub that unites all corners of the graduate campus.

Construction has begun to transform the existing Corbett Circle—a space dominated by an asphalt drive and accessed predominantly by delivery vehicles—into a lush and welcoming gathering space known as the Graduate Commons.

The Graduate Commons project aims to achieve three important goals:

  • Create a unified graduate campus by connecting its primary buildings—York Graduate Center, Corbett House, Rogers Hall, and South Chapel Annex—via a dynamic and welcoming outdoor courtyard.
  • Create spaces for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to gather informally and to move between buildings on the graduate campus.
  • Extend and integrate the pedestrian spine of Lewis & Clark from the undergraduate campus into the graduate campus, with the Grad Commons serving as its southernmost destination.

“The impact of this project will be felt immediately by anyone who enters the graduate campus, from LC community members long acquainted with the space to prospective students visiting for the first time,” says Scott Fletcher, dean. “It will transform both the visual and experiential appeal of our campus in a way that we have not felt before.”

Phase I of the project is scheduled to take place throughout Fall 2022, beginning with the removal of the asphalt roadway and most of the existing landscaping. The space will then be reconfigured with new plantings, benches, lighting, and pathways between the existing buildings. Subsequent phases may involve covered structures, additional plantings, and more seating and gathering options.