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New WCU Chapel Dedicated

The Caroline and Ray Bass Memorial Chapel at William Carey University was dedicated on August 27.

The chapel, located behind Chain Garden on the university’s Hattiesburg campus, was completed earlier this year. It will seat approximately 100 people for various functions, such as small religious services, and will also be open daily for use by students, faculty and staff for meditation and reflection.

Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU, welcomed guests and recognized those who made the construction of the chapel possible. He also welcomed members of the Bass family. The chapel is named for the late Caroline and Ray Bass, who gave the lead gift for the chapel’s construction.

Dr. Scott Hummel, provost, gave an overview of the chapel design and discussed the significance of the stained glass windows and building design as well as the history of the construction. Ben Austin, president of WCU’s Baptist Student Union, remarked on the significance of the building to the student body and offered words of appreciation to the Bass family and the other donors who made the building possible. Cassandra Bass Torbett, daughter of Caroline and Ray Bass, gave a response from the family.

Dr. Garry Breland, vice president for academic affairs, closed the program with a reading from 2 Chronicles 7:11-15 and a prayer of dedication.

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William Carey University’s new Caroline and Ray Bass Memorial Chapel, located behind Chain Garden on the university’s Hattiesburg campus, was dedicated on August 27.