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Wingate Events & Conferencing

A collage banner of performance venues on Wingate's campus.
A collage banner of performance venues on Wingate's campus.
A collage banner of performance venues on Wingate's campus.

Goldilocks isn’t the only one looking for that “just right” fit. When you have an event to host, finding the perfect venue can be a challenge. Wingate offers a variety of spaces for performances, dinners, receptions and more. Check out the venues below —  indoor and outdoor, formal and casual — to discover one that’s perfect for you.

Please contact us for additional information on pricing and availability at or (704) 233-6644. Or you can fill out our External Events Inquiry Form and someone will contact you about your event request.

Austin Memorial Chapel Auditorium

The audience seats, stage and and lighting in Austin Auditorium.

Austin Memorial Chapel Auditorium, completed in 1960, seats 1,100, and serves as a cultural center for both the University and the surrounding community. The building is named for the late Mr. and Mrs. John M. Austin of Wadesboro. The auditorium was remodeled in 1980 to accommodate a custom-built, 30-stop Holtkamp organ given by the late Thelma Rivers, an alumna of the Wingate School, in honor of the Rivers family: Miss Alma Rivers, L.D. Rivers, and Theodore Rivers.

Hannah Covington McGee Theatre

The audience seats, stage and lighting in the Batte Center.

Hannah Covington McGee Theatre, completed in 1999, is named in honor of President Jerry E. McGee’s late wife, a life-long patron of the arts. The 554-seat auditorium, located within the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center, provides a venue for University theatrical and musical productions, lectures, and many other University and community-wide events.

Helms Gallery

Helms Art Gallery

The C. Douglas Helms Gallery is located on the campus of Wingate University in the George A. Batte Center for Performing Arts. This gallery is named in memory of C. Douglas Helms. As a Wingate graduate and Monroe native, Helms established the school's pottery program where he shared his talents with Wingate students for nearly 20 years. His works have been featured in collections around the world. Helms was a loyal friend, a faithful Christian, and a loving husband and father.  

Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall

Recital Hall

The Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall within the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center seats 176. It is equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment for student and faculty presentations. It is named for Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Plyer, former North Carolina senator, and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Griffin of Monroe.

Outdoor Pavilion

Whether you’re a biology student doing research, a recreation major learning to steer a canoe or a nature lover who likes to hike and picnic, you’ll want to find your way to Wingate’s nine-acre campus lake. Located just off East Wilson Street, which runs right through campus, the lake area features trails, sheltered tables for gatherings and plenty of space for large events. You can bring a hammock to string up or a fishing rod and spend time enjoying one of the most beautiful spots on Wingate’s campus.

Hinson Art Museum

Hinson Art Museum

Dedicated in September 2015, this facility was named by Ronald and Deliliah Hinson in honor of their son, Eric Hinson, who has devoted his life to teaching art in Union County Public Schools. Eric graduated from Wingate in 1995. The 5,500-square-foot museum draws an average of 700 visitors each year, who come to see collections from all over the world and the work of Southeast and North Carolina artists

Helms Art Gallery

Helms Art Gallery


LaVerne Banquet Hall

Dedicated April 21, 1988, this portion of the W.T. Harris Dining Hall honors Harris' wife, the late LaVerne Childers Harris, devoted Christian woman, wife and mother.

Executive Dining Room

Executive Dining Room




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