Music filled the hall as a crowd of more than 250 celebrated the opening of Kent R. Hance Chapel by singing Texas Tech University’s alma mater, “The Matador Song.”
Sung a cappella — a Latin phrase meaning in the manner of the chapel — it was a fitting commemoration for a building designed to be a special place for Red Raiders to celebrate, reflect and remember on campus.
“The new chapel is a wonderful addition to our university,” said Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance, who was also the lead contributor for the project. “Not only is this going to be a special place for so many of our students, alumni and friends to enjoy, it also serves as a beautiful cornerstone to the Texas Tech campus.
With the completion of the Kent R. Hance Chapel, Texas Tech University has become the tenth university in the Big 12 Conference to have a chapel on campus. Officials expect the non-denominational space to be used for a variety of religious and non-religious services for people of all faiths such as weddings, memorial services and other events.