Santa Monica College will celebrate the official opening of its new student center Nov. 13.
The 12,000-square-foot facility, called the Cayton Associated Students Center, houses student government and other offices, a computer laboratory, a lounge, and a reading room.
The center, which has been in use since the beginning of the school year, is named for James and Lucille Cayton of Pacific Palisades, who donated $100,000 to the $1.5-million project. The college's Associated Students gave $675,000, plus $175,000 for furnishings.
The opening, which includes a ceremony honoring the Caytons, will begin at 11 a.m. with a processional from the clock tower on campus to the new center, which is in the Student Activities Building, at 1900 Pico Blvd.