UMass Boston News

Fall 2015 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 8 - Thursday, September 17: 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 8 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 17: 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, Mr. Jeffrey Mullan, at 11am, who will give a talk titled "The Physical Environment and Human Development." To attend please respond to before September 10.

Saturday, October 17: 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.

Tuesday, October 20: 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.

Wednesday, October 28: 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. To learn more or to register for this event please visit the IDEAS Boston website.

Thursday, November 4: 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.

Tuesday, December 15: 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 2015 commencement. The winners of these awards are Erik Blaser, Jean Rhodes and Bill Robinson. Reception to follow.

Thursday, December 17: Winter Wonderland

This is our last event of the 50th anniversary campaign, so you bet it will be a good one!  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 hat contest and snow(dodge)ball! In keeping with tradition we're also bringing back the gingerbread house "building" competition. Please email for more information about participation.