The University

Groundbreaking, and breaking ground

The University of Massachusetts Boston was honored to host the groundbreaking ceremony for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate this morning. Federal and state government officials and members of the Kennedy family joined our students, faculty, staff, and administrators to express their excitement for the construction of this facility, and to thank our university community for providing the perfect location for the institute.

When it is completed, this institute will engage and inspire students and teachers by, among other things, bringing to life historic Senate debates. I am truly looking forward to its presence on our campus.

After the ceremony, we were further pleased to welcome Governor Deval Patrick and his cabinet secretaries to the Venture Development Center in Wheatley Hall. Governor Patrick chose to hold his cabinet’s weekly meeting here on campus this afternoon to demonstrate his commitment to business development in the Commonwealth, and to celebrate the economic opportunities generated by our center.

Venture Development Center business founders involved in groundbreaking life sciences, sustainability, and technology research were invited to share their progress with the governor, who was “dazzled,” as he said, by their work. This was a phenomenal opportunity to show Governor Patrick how investing in public higher education yields high returns – and we were delighted to have him and his cabinet on campus.

I’d like to offer my gratitude to all the students, faculty, staff, administrators, and Venture Development Center partners who helped these important events go off without a hitch. You made the University of Massachusetts Boston shine today. Thank you.