UMass Amherst Marks Its 150th Anniversary with Daylong Boston Celebrations

Business Forum, a Rolling Rally, State House and Faneuil Hall Ceremonies and a Symphony Hall Concert Highlight Stand for UMass Day on Friday, Oct. 25

Boston, Mass. – As the highlight of its yearlong 150th anniversary celebration, the University of Massachusetts Amherst — the Commonwealth’s flagship campus— brings the festivities to Boston with a series of special events on Friday, Oct. 25.

The day begins at 8 a.m. at the UMass Club when top executives and entrepreneurs gather for Stand for UMass: Driving the Innovation Economy in Massachusetts. An all-star panel includes Douglas Berthiaume, chairman, president and chief executive officer at Waters Corporation; Paul Ferraro, vice president of Engineering and Technology for Network Centric Systems at Raytheon Company; Michael Scannell, senior vice president, global head of talent acquisition and head of the Global Inclusion initiative at State Street Corporation and Susan Windham-Bannister, president and chief executive officer at Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.

The program moves from the Financial District to Beacon Hill for Stand for UMass Day ceremonies on the State House’s Grand Stairway.  The 11 a.m. event, which is free and open to the public, includes a cake cutting (the cake is a replica of the University’s iconic Old Chapel) and a performance on the State House steps by the University’s nationally recognized Minuteman Marching Band.  (The Marching Band will next be seen in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.) State Senate President Therese Murray, Western Massachusetts representatives including state Senate Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst), state Representative Ellen Story (D-Amherst), and as many as 20 state legislators who are UMass Amherst alums will participate. 

Next, the Minuteman Marching Band will lead a rollicking, rolling rally through the streets of Boston to Faneuil Hall for a 1 p.m. public celebration, featuring remarks by UMass President Robert Caret, state Secretary of Education Matthew Malone, UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and UMass Board of Trustees Chair Henry Thomas; a special performance by the Minuteman Marching Band; and free refreshments and giveaways.

The festivities continue at Symphony Hall for Stand for UMass: The Concert, which will feature jazz, classical, marching band, vocal and dance performances by nearly 600 UMass Amherst student artists. Stand for UMass: The Concert will include 20 selections by the University Orchestra, Minuteman Marching Band, Chamber Choir, Wind Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, Jazz Ensemble I and the UMass Dancers. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. and tickets are available at

Details for each Stand for UMass Day event follows:

Stand for UMass: Driving the Innovation Economy in Massachusetts

8-9:30 a.m.

University of Massachusetts Club

225 Franklin Street, 33rd Floor

Boston, MA, 20110

*This is an invitation only event, but members of the press are welcome to attend


Stand for UMass Day Ceremony

11-11:55 a.m.

Massachusetts State House

24 Beacon Street

Boston, MA, 02133


Stand for UMass Day Celebration

1-1:25 p.m.

Faneuil Hall

1 Faneuil Hall Square

Boston, MA, 02109


Stand for UMass: The Concert

8-10 p.m.

Boston Symphony Hall

301 Massachusetts Avenue

Boston, MA, 02115

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