Wheaton magazine

Volume 21 // Issue 3
Wheaton magazine // Autumn 2018

The Welcome Center: Wheaton's Front Door

The newly built Welcome Center will serve as a place for campus newcomers to be greeted, to rest, and to learn.
Tony Hughes
The Welcome Center's design integrates the various architectural styles found throughout campus.
Tony Hughes
This multi-functional "front door" to campus contains a Great Hall complete with fireplace, comfortable seating area, and exhibits chronicling Wheaton's past, present, and future.


"From my office in the College’s magnificent new Welcome Center, I think a lot about how we can best welcome students and families from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Our focus is rightly placed on identifying gifted, mission-compatible students who represent the rich mosaic of the body of Christ. Our call as admissions and financial aid professionals is to walk alongside these young students and their families as they navigate the college search process, recognizing that we have an obligation to help advance our mission by creating pathways for future generations to be prepared to do kingdom work.”

The Great Hall
Tony Hughes

Take a tour of the Welcome Center's Great Hall 

The east wall (left) includes a mural montage of campus buildings and monitors featuring four short films and still images highlighting College profile and rankings information. The west wall (right) includes a monitor with rotating information on Wheaton’s eight presidents and a display of historical facts and artifacts. The center of the hall has ample seating room, a LEGO® model of campus designed and created by Paul Vermeesch ’18, and a fireplace complete with the Presidential Seal in two-tone relief over the limestone mantle.

Tony Hughes

Marilyn Smith '56

“The new Welcome Center is beautiful, welcoming, and educational. It’s a great improvement over climbing to the second floor above the bookstore! During our ‘field trip’ from Windsor Park Retirement Community in Carol Stream, Illinois, we watched a wonderful video and were treated like royalty.”

Tony Hughes
Tony Hughes
The new Welcome Center ensures that all guests—prospective students, alumni, and conference visitors alike—are given the warmest of Wheaton welcomes.