The UMass Office of Annual Giving spearheads this effort, but the success of the campaign is due in large part to the hundreds of grassroots fundraising efforts all over campus.


Joanna Buoniconti 21 recently reflected on her college experience in her Daily Hampshire Gazette column “UMass was the best school for me.”


Commonwealth Honors College alumna Jillian Bergman ’04, an ice cream-making hopeful–turned-documentarian (@jillyjills) has been selected as the alumni speaker for the 2021 Commonwealth Honors College Celebration of Excellence.


On April 20, 2021, Commonwealth Honors College co-sponsored “The Pandemic behind Bars: COVID in the US Prison System.” Moderated by University of Massachusetts journalism professor Razvan Sibii, the event welcomed five panelists from across the United States to reflect upon the immense, disproportionate effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on prison institutions across the United States.

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Ryan Duggan ’21, a natural resources conservation major with an environmental concentration, has been selected as the student speaker for the 2021 Commonwealth Honors College Celebration of Excellence.


With the 2021 Celebration of Excellence quickly approaching, the panelists shared their experiences and advice for ensuring a smooth transition from college to the workplace and/or graduate school, and fielded seniors’ questions about the challenges and opportunities ahead.



Nef A. Walker, PhD, Vice Chancellor & Chief Diversity Officer, acknowledges the distress and angst felt by our community, especially our Black community members who are living through the very public and all-too-common assault against their humanity, and urges us all to take good care of ourselves, and continue to support and lift each other. 

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If you’re considering an internship in the Boston area, as a UMass Amherst student you can take advantage of our Mount Ida Campus in Newton, Mass.


Civic Engagement and Service-Learning has several academic community-engagement opportunities for Commonwealth Honors Students during Fall 2021.

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Heroes are remembered, but legends never die...

A photo of me and my family right after moving me in Freshman Year.

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." — A.A. Milne


"...Hey Mama, I wanna sing so loud for you, cuz I'm so proud of you..."