Mahi pictured in front of the London skyline from Primrose Hill

Last spring, I had the most amazing study abroad experience in London. The best part of my study abroad journey was walking around London. Every day I’d just keep walking around the whole city and finding another gorgeous place that I knew would be perfect for my Instagram story. So, if you’re ever planning to go to London, here are my five favorite places to visit!

Image of Halal cart-style chicken over rice on a plate

You know, those people who romanticize studying abroad never show you how much work goes into it. Once you finally get there, you have a whole new array of difficulties waiting for you, and the one that I dreaded the most? Cooking.

University of Massachusetts students wearing graduation regalia listen during a ceremony on campus

Commonwealth Honors College held its annual Celebration of Excellence on May 12, celebrating the Honors graduating class of 2022. This year's celebration was the first in-person event for graduating seniors held by the college since 2019. The celebration recognized the 718 graduates, representing 73 majors. Over 560 of these accomplished students chose to complete yearlong Honors Thesis projects and papers on multidisciplinary research.

Jaileen Baptista `22 speaks at a podium during the Celebration of Excellence at the University of Massachusetts

Jaileen Baptista `22, a mathematics and education major, was the student speaker for the 2022 Commonwealth Honors College (CHC) Celebration of Excellence. The event took place at the Mullins Center, on Thursday May 12, 2022 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. The Celebration of Excellence provided each graduating Honors senior with the opportunity to be personally recognized and provided with an official CHC gold stole. Baptista presented her speech during the celebratory night, along with campus leaders like Honors Dean Mari Castañeda, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, and Provost John McCarthy.

Student attending in-person Thesis Workshop at the University of Massachusetts

Tuesday April 26th marked the final Commonwealth Honors College Thesis Workshop for the 2022 spring semester. This hour-long seminar, entitled “Choosing the Right Methodology”, was led by Elena Carbone, professor and associate dean for curriculum and academic oversight in Commonwealth Honors College, and Ashley Braziel, coordinator of events and programs.

Images of tea bags with old photographs on them

Adriana Katzew, professor and director of graduate programs in art education at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, was the keynote speaker for the 2022 Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference (Mass URC), a state-wide research symposium managed by Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to serve all 28 public undergraduate schools of the Commonwealth. Addressing the gathering virtually, Katzew described her journey exploring the intersection of identity and immigration within art, and the role research has played as she has navigated these concepts.

News

Honors Alumni Share Their Flight Paths

Commonwealth Honors College alumni met with current Honors students on Thursday, April 7 to share how they adapted to life post-graduation. Gathering on Zoom, CHC graduates from the Class of 2021 offered attendees personal and heartfelt advice as many students prepare to take flight from the University of Massachusetts.

Costume designer Ruth E. Carter gestures with her hands while speaking at the University of Massachusetts

On Thursday Feb. 17, the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst welcomed costume design visionary Ruth E. Carter to present “From Honoring Culture to Creating Marvel’s Worlds" in celebration of Black Heritage Month.

Tabacco-Schmidt Herlin with Joe 2021

Family, faculty, and donors gathered in the Honors College Events Hall on Saturday, November 6 to celebrate Honors students receiving over $350,000 in scholarship awards. 

The Poetry of Social Justice with Martín Espada

The 2021 Commonwealth Honors College Plenary lecture was a soulful event made even more special for being the first in-person, collective experience of art many participants have been able to share since the beginning of the pandemic.

J.Bergman

Honors alumna Jillian Bergman ’04, ice cream-making hopeful–turned-documentarian, to speak at the 2021 Celebration of Excellence.

Announcements

M.Castaneda

Dean Mari Castañeda welcomes Commonwealth Honors College students to the 2021-22 academic year on behalf of all Honors faculty and staff. "We are so excited to be back in person and to engage with everyone"

Nef

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. 

Mt. Ida

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.

Student Blog

Entrance to Hyde Park

Last spring, I had the most amazing study abroad experience in London. The best part of my study abroad journey was walking around London. Every day I’d just keep walking around the whole city and finding another gorgeous place that I knew would be perfect for my Instagram story. So, if you’re ever planning to go to London, here are my five favorite places to visit!

Cruciform Building

In Part II of his blog series, Mahi shares some insight into his classes, or "modules", he's taking while studying abroad at University College London.

University of Massachusetts student Mahi stands in Picadilly Circus in London

Hi! I’m Mahi and I’m a sophomore Honors chemical engineering student with a minor in engineering management. I wanted to blog my experience studying abroad!