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PLEASE NOTE: Fall undergraduate courses will begin on Tuesday, August 25. Information and FAQs are available on the Return to Grounds website and the Fall 2020 Student Resource website, which will be updated frequently.

All events on Grounds are cancelled until at least August 15.

Ern Commons

Ern Commons Outside

The Ern Commons is located at 567 McCormick Road in between Balz-Dobie and Watson-Webb houses. Named after former Vice President for Student Affairs, Ernie Ern, the facility is able to accommodate a variety of events including dances, banquet-style dinners, and performances.

Ern Commons Map

Setups & Audio Visual Technology

Theater: 249 max (without a stage)
Banquet meal: 176max
Hollow Square: 60 max
Standing Reception: 350

Microphones:

  • wireless handheld mics*
  • wireless lapel mics*
  • corded handheld mics

*only 3 wireless mics can be used at one time

Projection:

  • Projector
  • Screen
  • DVD/Blu Ray Player

Other Amenities

  • 8 foot tables
  • 5 foot round tables
  • Chairs
  • Podium
  • Stage
  • Storage room with sink for caterers (Note: this space can be catered by any catering company)
  • Outdoor reception patio

Sample diagrams of events at the Ern Commons:

Ern Floor Plan

Ern Floor Plan

Ern Floor Plan

 If you have a question about the space, please call ODOS Event Planning Services at 434-924-7225.