UMass Boston Welcomes New and Returning Students for Start of Fall Semester

Colleen Locke | September 06, 2016
Chancellor J. Keith Motley welcomed UMass Boston students to campus on Tuesday.

Chancellor J. Keith Motley welcomed UMass Boston students to campus on Tuesday.
Image by: Harry Brett

Welcome Week Activities Continue Through September 15

UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley and senior staff welcomed new and returning students to the UMass Boston campus Tuesday, including the new master’s and PhD students in the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development. The chancellor caught up with them in the Campus Center, just as they were about to take a campus tour.

There are six new PhD SGISD students and eight new master’s students.

Chancellor Motley greets School for Global Inclusion and Social Development students

Across campus, in the Integrated Sciences Complex, UMass Boston Today found freshman classics major Anjelica LaRochelle looking for her first class.

“I’m excited to learn everything that the school has to offer and meet the people that I will be graduating with,” LaRochelle said.

Freshman classics major Anjelica LaRochelle

Tuesday was the last “first day” for Hussnan Nayyar. The entrepreneurship major from Boston is graduating in May.

“It flew by, but it’s about time,” Nayyar said about leaving UMass Boston to start his own business.

UMass Boston Today caught up with Nayyar and his friend and fellow senior entrepreneurship major Colin Diaz of Lima, Peru after the two made a trip to the university’s bookstore. Diaz, too, wants to start a business after graduating in May – a restaurant that would mix Spanish and American food, here in Boston and back home.

Hussnan Nayyar and Colin Diaz

Nayyar and Diaz met in the Management LEAD Program. Jessica Gorrell and Amanda LaFlamme met through the College of Science and Mathematics’ Freshman Success Communities. It was easy to see that they are friends: the two ran to each other for a hug.

Gorrell, a junior English and communication major from Rutherford, New Jersey, and LaFlamme, a junior biology and psychology major from Sturbridge, instantly started talking about rejoining the intramural volleyball team.

Gorrell’s goal is to stay on the dean’s list; LaFlamme wants to continue her double major – she added the psychology major last year.

“We’re as ready as we can be,” LaFlamme said.

Jessica Gorrell and Amanda LaFlamme

Elsewhere on campus, it didn’t take long for students to discover the new Beacon Café, now open on the second floor of University Hall, serving ready-to-made salads, chicken, burgers, and noodles from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mein Bowl is one of the offerings at the Beacon Cafe in University Hall.

Welcome Week continues Wednesday with the College of Science and Mathematics Welcome Breakfast and Employment Fair. The full schedule is available at

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