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An Event Built For You

Flexibility, value and customer service – the PennWest California way

The team at the PennWest California Convocation Center is here to make your event planning easy, convenient and fun. Whether you are hosting an elegant cocktail reception or local cheerleading competition, our flexible meeting spaces will transform into the perfect fit for your event.

Choose from more than 100 different venues on campus including SMART classrooms, fixed-seat theaters, banquet halls and multi-purpose rooms. We also have access to the 98-acre Roadman Park, a beautiful recreational complex that is perfect for team-building exercises, sporting competitions and pre- or post-meeting gatherings.

If you are interested in planning an event, please review the informational tabs to the right for campus spaces, catering, amenities, technology services, camps, faculty/staff event checklist, and virtual events. Submit an Event Request Form for all events to be hosted on the University’s campus and related-properties

Why the PennWest California Convocation Center?

Conveniently located between Pittsburgh and Morgantown, W.V.
9 conference rooms, a 6,000 set arena and endless possibilities.
Customer Service
Our staff helps you every step of way from planning to event day coordination.
Planning your event at the PennWest California Convocation Center gives you multiple options for room layouts. From five guests or a crowd of 5,000, there is a space built for you.

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Catering, Amenities and Technology
Let PennWest California handle all of your event details, without having to use third-party vendors. Enjoy our excellent catering options or swim a few laps in our on-campus pool.

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Host your sports camps in NCAA Division II facilities or use our campus for band camps, religious organization conferences, family reunions and much more.

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Faculty / Staff InfoRMATION
Learn more about the steps needed to reserve a space at the PennWest California Convocation Center for faculty and staff on campus.

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"We have hosted events throughout the state, and PennWest California’s facilities, amenities, and – most importantly – customer service, are FIRST CLASS! We would highly recommend the facilities at PennWest California to anyone looking to host an event, conference, or retreat in our region." - Women and Girls Foundation
“Our attendees raved about the facilities,” says Kathy Hayes, director of meetings and corporate services for Sweet Adelines. “They loved the proximity of the residence halls, classrooms and dining hall. They especially liked the residence hall — many said the rooms were nicer and cleaner than some hotels!”
“The staff was excellent to work with,” says Hayes. “From the conference services staff to the students, their answer was never ‘no,’ but always ‘yes, I can help with that’ — and it was done with a smile. It was one of the best campus experiences we've had.”
"Many of our registrants praised the staff for their high level of respect, professionalism, and persistence. The staff also made registration & checkout easy for our guests." - Business Consortium
"We have used other facilities for our conferences, but none compare to PennWest California." - Spiritual Wellness Group
"You do a terrific job in all aspects, and I would recommend PennWest California Conference Services to others." - Athletic Enhancement
"We were impressed with the A/V staff's work ethic. They were also polite, respectful, and above all, patient." - Faculty Professional Development
"Every need was met. Excellent staff!" - Academic Affiliate
"Overall the residence hall accommodations were impressive... rooms were exceptionally clean & spacious." - University Development
"Special thanks to the PennWest California conference staff for their granite dependability, patience, professionalism, and attention to detail. We look forward to coming back." - Anonymous
"I really enjoyed being at PennWest California. Your team made everything go smoothly and we cannot thank you enough for that." - Anonymous
"We appreciate everything that PennWest California has done for us. It was a great few days. We will keep you on the radar for our future projects." - Anonymous

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