UMass Boston News

Fall 2014 Events

It's the beginning of a new academic year - come celebrate!

Most of the events listed below are free and open to the public, but some are ticketed events. Please read the description for each and if applicable click on the link for more details. If you are interested in attending or need more information please contact us at or call the office with any questions, thanks!

If you plan to attend any of the events below and require disability-related accommodations please visit the ADA site.

Tuesday, September 2 - Thursday, September 11: Opening Week Events

The Office of Student Activities has a lot planned for the first few weeks of classes - comedy shows, movies, nights out on the town, and lots of free food! Stop by one of the Chancellor's "WOW's" on Tuesday September 2 at 7:30am or 3:30pm to pick up a free day planner with all events listed inside. Or, stop by one of the many information kiosks to learn more about details for the week and other things happening on campus.  Visit the SAEC page for details about the week.

Thursday, September 11: Fall Convocation

The day begins with the annual faculty/staff breakfast at 8:30am, followed by the Chancellor's address to the university community at 9am.  We will be joined by our keynote speaker, Dr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza, at 11am, who will give a talk titled "Creating a Culture of Peace." To attend please respond to

Tuesday, October 7: Campus on the Common

Chancellor J. Keith Motley invites you to experience Campus on the Common in honor of the 50th anniversary of the University of Massachusetts Boston.  Join the university for a showcase of the university’s past, present, and future, featuring: distinguished guest speakers, interactive college exhibits and cutting-edge faculty presentations.  Main program begins at 10:30am, faculty presentations and academic showcase runs 12pm - 4pm.  Bus shuttles to/from campus will be available.  Please refer to for updates.

Thursday, October 9: Annual Hall of Fame Banquet

Join Charlie Titus, the Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation, Special Programs and Projects induct this year's recipients into the UMass Boston Athletics Hall of Fame. The list of this year's inductees are listed on the Athletics website.  For more information visit UMass Boston Athletics.

Saturday, October 18: Open House

Make yourself at home and take a closer look at a great university. Details for the day can be found here. Event begins at 8:30am and pre-registration is encouraged.

Wednesday, October 29: IDEAS Boston

IDEAS Boston is a unique event where some of the region’s leading thinkers from every imaginable sector push boundaries and share their latest big ideas to create fertile ground for innovation. The event is moderated by Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR’s On Point on WBUR, and we have an amazing lineup of 14 speakers. To learn more or to register for this event please visit the IDEAS Boston website.

Thursday, November 20: Annual Years of Service Awards

The Chancellor’s Years of Service Celebration recognizes our faculty and staff who have reached a critical career milestone in their tenure at UMass Boston. This celebration honors those individuals with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and desserts during the program. RSVP to Human Resources. Ballroom, 2pm.

Monday, December 8:  Distinguished Faculty Lecture

This annual event celebrates the three faculty award winners from commencement. Please join Chancellor Motley at this lecture featuring the Distinguished Teaching, Distinguished Service and Distinguished Scholarship award winners from the 2014 commencement. The winners of these awards are Robert Chen, Catherine Lynde, and Elizabeth Fay. Reception to follow, 3pm-4:30 pm, Campus Center,  Alumni Lounge.

Wednesday, December 17: Winter Wonderland

Enjoy festive music and food with Chancellor Motley and your colleagues!  Skating at the Clark Rink 10am-11am, and food and activities in the Clark Gymnasium from 2pm-3:30pm. Join the fun this year with the holiday sweater pageant and competition! In keeping with tradition we're also bringing back the gingerbread house "building" competition. Please email for more information about participation.