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An illustration of the new Dede Robertson Student Center of Regent University Virginia Beach.

Regent University Names Dede Robertson Student Center and Announces Expansion Plans

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (Aug. 15, 2022) – The Regent University Board of Trustees has voted to officially change the name of the Student Center to the Dede Robertson Student Center, in honor of the late wife of Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson. The university will also break ground on a new expansion project at the Dede Robertson Student Center this September. A new patio addition will be developed on the west side of the building, outside of Café Moka.

Dede Robertson Student Center Patio Expansion
Dede Robertson Student Center Patio Expansion
Dede Robertson Student Center Patio Expansion
Dede Robertson Student Center Patio Expansion
Dede Robertson Student Center Patio Expansion
Dede Robertson Student Center Patio Expansion
Dede Robertson Student Center Patio Expansion

The patio addition was designed by the late Dede Robertson prior to her passing in April 2022. Mrs. Robertson’s heart was to create not just a physical home for Regent students, but also to provide beautiful spaces to fellowship with each other and with their Creator. This patio will be such a place.

“I want to thank the Robertson family and the generous benefactors who made this expansion possible,” said Chris Lambert, Vice President for Advancement at Regent University. “Because of their generosity, this new patio will provide students, faculty, alumni and friends with a beautiful outdoor setting to study, enjoy campus activities, and develop the lifelong connections that make Regent University special.”

To highlight a few features of the brick patio, the space will include a covered pergola with retractable screens allowing students to enjoy the space without having to retreat indoors when raining. The space will also include a gas fire pit, Adirondack chairs, dining tables & chairs, ceiling fans, and bistro lighting that will provide just the right amount of ambient lighting for relaxing outdoors.

In addition to this expansion project, the green space between the Library and the Communication building will also be improved with additional bistro lighting, Adirondack chairs, fire pits and tables, and a giant chess board.

Learn more about giving to Regent University at www.regent.edu/support.

About Regent University

Founded in 1977, Regent University is America’s premier Christian university with more than 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 150 areas of study including, business, communication and the arts, counseling, cybersecurity, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare, and psychology. Regent University is ranked the #1 Best Accredited Online College in the United States (Study.com, 2020), the #1 Safest College Campus in Virginia (YourLocalSecurity, 2021), and the #1 Best Online Bachelor’s Program in Virginia for ten years in a row (U.S. News & World Report, 2022).

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