145 years ago, on April 29, 1863, John A. Andrew, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, signed Senate Bill No. 156, establishing what would later become the University of Massachusetts.
This April 29th, the University will celebrate its founding in service to the Commonwealth with a celebration of music and dance from our campus and our communities followed by a festive outdoor barbeque luncheon.
The morning’s performance of music and dance, to take place in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, will feature outstanding talent from a variety of traditions in a fast-moving tribute to the original founders whose vision and foresight we benefit from today.
The commemoration will continue during lunchtime festivities with birthday remarks from His Excellency, Governor Deval Patrick, and from Jack Wilson, president of the University of Massachusetts. The nationally renowned UMass Amherst Minuteman Marching Band will entertain as our distinguished guests cut the ceremonial birthday cake in honor of our founders.