For the first time in 40 years, William Carey University is building new residence halls, in response to increasing enrollment.
Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony was an optimistic moment during a difficult time for William Carey staff and students. They are grieving the recent death of university President Larry Kennedy. But the construction of new dorm rooms is a sign that the university is moving ahead with their late president's desire to see the campus grow.
The two new residence halls will accommodate 190 students when they're completed by the start of school next year.
With record enrollment of 1,900 students on the Hattiesburg campus and dorms rooms currently filled, there are waiting lists for campus housing.
"We are running out of rooms every year, enrollment is increasing and the demand to live on campus is increasing, we need these new dorms," says Carey's Shannon Armstrong.