UMass Amherst Alumni Association To Make Special License Plate Designations At Minuteman Football Game This Saturday

AMHERST, Mass. – As orders for the UMass Amherst license plate continue to be collected, the UMass Amherst Alumni Association board of directors has announced special designations for UMass Amherst license plate #1 and plate #1863.

The board will present plate No. 1 to the UMass Amherst Office of the Chancellor in recognition of the support provided to the Alumni Association. Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy will accept plate #1 during a special on-field ceremony at the Homecoming football game at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, Oct 20.

In recognition of support for the flagship campus, board will present plate No. 1863 to the UMass Office of the President. Plate No. 1863 represents the year of the founding of the University of Massachusetts, which will be recognized in 2013 with Sesquicentennial celebrations throughout the Commonwealth.

“The UMass plate is a wonderful tribute to the university’s 150th anniversary,” says board President Ronald J. Grasso ’92. “We encourage alumni and friends across the Commonwealth to ride with UMass pride and to order your plate today.”

The UMass Amherst license plate was officially launched by the Alumni Association in August 2012 and has garnered 70 percent of the pre-paid orders needed to put the plate into production. The cost for the UMass plate is a $40 special license plate fee and a swap fee of $20. The Alumni Association will receive $28 of the initial order and $40 of each subsequent renewal to support student scholarships and programs that advance UMass Amherst.

As an added bonus, student and employee plate holders will receive a 10 percent discount on a campus parking permit while all other plate holders may request up to three free parking passes at the Campus Center Garage. The special plate fee is also tax-deductible; $28 with the first order and $40 with each renewal. Plate numbers will be randomly assigned, but an online auction will be held in the future for plates numbered 2-99. For more information, visit