UMass Boston hosted 600 accepted students and 700 guests from 14 states on Saturday for a second Welcome Day for Accepted Students. This is the first year that the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has organized two Welcome Days to support the introduction of the Early Action and Regular Decision deadlines. The first Welcome Day, held in February, drew over 300 accepted students and nearly 400 guests. Together, these two events attracted nearly 2,000 people to the campus.
Chancellor J. Keith Motley welcomed an energetic crowd and shared his pride in the university and the two Class of 2016 student speakers, Fakisha Fabre and Nolan O’Brien. “We are your public university," he told the crowd. "We are here for you. We prepare you for a lifetime of contribution.”
This Welcome Day began with a breakfast for nearly 50 Merit Scholarship recipients and 100 family and friends. Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Winston Langley congratulated the scholarship recipients, and Honors College Dean Rajini Srikanth and two current honors students shared information about joining the college.
Prospective students and guests also had an opportunity to interact with faculty, staff and current UMass Boston students as they explored the university and made their final decision about enrolling this fall. Three students from the UMass Boston Jazz Trio, Brad Bleidt, Nate Goudreault, and Joel Silloway, entertained the audience and showcased their talents in the performing arts.
“Considering the record amounts of snowfall Boston received this winter and the multiple construction projects which are transforming our campus, we were very excited by this record turnout," Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management Lisa Johnson said. "It demonstrates how UMass Boston is growing in popularity as we widen the audience we attract.”
“The addition of a second Welcome Day this year gave the UMass Boston community an opportunity to interact with 24 percent more admitted students over last year,” said Director of Undergraduate Admissions John Drew.