Also there, was Roosevelt graduate and former Black Panther Congressman Bobby Rush.
The university's new 32-story skyscraper will be located in the South Loop at Wabash and Congress. It will be home to classrooms, science labs, student housing, and the College of Business of Administration.
When complete, the building will be the second tallest educational facility in the country.
"This addition to the Roosevelt campus will serve to attract more students to the university and the city. The expanded student housing means more young adults will call Chicago home, adding to the life and vibrancy of the downtown area," said Ald. Bob Fioretti oc the city's 2nd Ward.
"Notwithstanding the controversy surrounding my name and my activities in the city of Chicago, there was no hesitancy at all in terms of me being accepted as a student," Rush said.
Construction of the new facility should be complete in January 2012.