Memorial Hall

Memorial Hall is one of the main performance spaces at UNC. Located on East Cameron Avenue, the hall is the home to Carolina Performing Arts productions, visiting artists, speakers and many other events.

1883, Gerrard Hall did not have enough space for commencement, so the University drew plans for a much larger building. Originally built in 1885, Memorial Hall was dedicated to former N.C. governor and UNC president David Lowry Swain, as well North Carolinians, students, faculty and staff who lost their lives in battle.

The first incarnation of Memorial Hall was deemed structurally unsound in 1929. In 1931, the building was rebuilt and still stands today after several rounds of renovations. Most recently, the 2002 renovation added more comfortable seats, air conditioning, an extended lobby and improved lighting. The hall has a section of main floor, mezzanine and balcony seating.

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Music majors sing their way through final exams

Panicked students flip through notes in a last-ditch effort to absorb the material. The only open seat is in the middle of the normally-spacious 400-person lecture hall. That tiny foldable desk is where it happens — the final exam.