Ern Commons

Ern Commons

Ern Commons outside

Ern Commons is located at 567 McCormick Road in between Balz-Dobie and Watson-Webb houses. Named after former Vice President for Student Affairs, Ernie Ern, the facility is able to accommodate a variety of events including dances, banquet-style dinners, and performances.

Ern Commons Map

Setups & Audio-Visual Technology

Theater: 200 max 
Banquet meal: 120max
Hollow Square: 60 max
Standing Reception: 350


  • wireless handheld mics*
  • wireless lapel mics*
  • corded handheld mics

*only 3 wireless mics can be used at one time


  • Projector
  • Screen
  • DVD/Blu Ray Player

Other Amenities

  • 8 foot tables
  • 5 foot round tables
  • Chairs
  • Podium
  • Stage
  • Storage room with sink for caterers (Note: this space can be catered by any catering company)
  • Outdoor reception patio

If you have a question about the space, please call Event Planning Services at 434-924-7225, or email us at [email protected]

Sample diagrams of events at the Ern Commons:


Ern meeting setup diagram
Meeting setup
Ern Banquet Setup diagram
Banquet Setup
Ern Presentation Setup diagram
Presentation Setup