Endicott College has renamed an academic building in honor of administrator Melissa Hempstead, a 1969 graduate who recently pledged $ 6 million to the Beverly School, the largest individual donation in its history, said Monday President Steven DiSalvo.
The building will now be known as the Hempstead Commons, university officials said in a statement.
“Historically, Endicott has attracted large donations from foundations,” Hempstead said. “As a woman and alumnus, it’s great to be recognized as making the greatest individual commitment to Endicott.”
Hempstead Commons is located in the heart of the campus, providing social space for groups to meet and individual rooms for students to attend seminars or job interviews, the college said.
“The commitment will help support Endicott’s continued growth and improve student life and academic enrichment,” the college said.
Hempstead earned an associate’s degree in liberal studies from Endicott, as well as a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in special education from Louisiana State University, the statement said.
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