Be a Part of New General Academic Building: Sign Beam in Person or Online

Office of Communications | April 10, 2014
The topping off ceremony starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30.

The topping off ceremony starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30.
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Virtual Signing Opportunity Closes April 17

For the second time in three years, the University of Massachusetts Boston community will have the opportunity to put their signature on an academic building. But this time is this different. Those who can’t make the beam signing for General Academic Building No. 1 in person can do so online and on their phones.

UMass Boston students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members can use their desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet to sign the beam virtually through Thursday, April 17. Those signatures will then be printed out and added to the beam, which will be raised at a topping off ceremony on Wednesday, April 30.

There will also be an opportunity to sign the beam in person starting at 8 a.m. on April 30 and continuing through 1 p.m. The in-person signing will take place on the GAB No. 1 site, adjacent to the Campus Center and bus loop.

The topping off ceremony starts at 1 p.m. on April 30. A reception will follow.

Scheduled to open in mid-2015, General Academic Building No. 1 will contain state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching labs, and specialized spaces for the Art and Performing Arts Departments.

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