Chancellor and Staff Welcome Students Back to School

Office of Communications | September 08, 2015
Chancellor J. Keith Motley greets students at the Campus Center.

Chancellor J. Keith Motley greets students at the Campus Center.
Image by: Anna Pinkert

Chancellor J. Keith Motley and UMass Boston staff welcomed students back to campus today for the start of the fall semester. This week marks the 50th anniversary of the day that classes began at UMass Boston for the first time back in 1965. Only about 1,200 students were enrolled in the first year. Today, more than 17,000 students in total are attending UMass Boston, including 4,000 graduate students.

Female student smiling and walking through campus center.

As students entered the Campus Center, they were greeted with iced beverages and pastries, and an enthusiastic Chancellor Motley, ready to take selfies with any and all who asked. The chancellor and a team of students and staff handed out free planners and UMass Boston lunch coolers. The chancellor spoke with new students about their hopes for the new academic year, and warmly hugged several seniors who are preparing to graduate. 

For a full schedule of welcome events, including convocation, check out the Welcome Week events page.

Chancellor J. Keith Motley poses for a selfie with two students.

About UMass Boston
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the University of Massachusetts Boston is deeply rooted in the city's history, yet poised to address the challenges of the future. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public university offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 11 colleges and graduate schools serve nearly 17,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit

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