Since last year’s homecoming festivities, so much has changed. The University of Massachusetts Amherst leapt into the top echelon of public research universities, coming in at No. 24 in the Best Colleges 2020 guide published by U.S. News & World Report. The W. E. B. Du Bois Library acquired the papers of Daniel Ellsberg, the most influential whistleblower in U.S. history. Another faculty member was granted the MacArthur Fellow “genius grant.” And our students and alumni continue to garner accolades in their fields—winning Emmy Awards, changing the way the Internet works, and capturing parts of the universe never seen before.
This was a breakout year for UMass not only in achievements, but also in support. This year’s #UMassGives (the two-day online fundraising campaign that occurs each April) broke records, garnering some $2.9 million from nearly 10,000 alumni and other community members.
Given the successes of the last year, it seemed fitting when in early October UMass launched its Be Revolutionary campaign, which captures both the university’s pioneering spirit and its mission as important forces in the commonwealth and beyond. And in late October at Homecoming 2019, as hundreds of alumni and their families reunited on campus, there was a celebratory buzz in the tents, in the stadiums, and at the reunions.
So, at this capstone event to such a big year we asked the people who make up UMass: What are you proud of? And how far have you come?
Here’s what they had to say.