The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate held a groundbreaking ceremony on April 8, 2011, attended by the late Senator’s family and a host of local state and national elected officials. The ceremony was held at the future site of the institute on the University of Massachusetts Boston campus, adjacent to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Chancellor J. Keith Motley spoke of the educational partnership between the institute and UMass Boston.
"We support wholeheartedly the goal of the institute to illuminate the great debates of the Senate’s past," Chancellor Motley said. "These moments in our history inspire our present, and inform tomorrow's leaders."