Frederick S. Troy, John W. Lederle, Joseph P. Healey, Robert D. Gordon, Hugh Thompson, Louis M. Lyons, and Governor Endicott Peabody. (Photo credit: University Archives and Special Collections<br /> )

June 1964

Legislation Signed for UMass Boston
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Students cross the street at the Park Square campus (Photo credit: University Archives and Special Collections)

September 1965

Doors Open in Park Square
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Map of Park Square (Photo credit: University Archives and Special Collections)

October 1965

The Search for a New Home Begins
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Columbia Point and the Calf Pasture Pumping Station (Photo credit: University Archives and Special Collections)

November 1968

Decision to Move to Columbia Point
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Students holding sign that says UMass Boston for Peace (Photo credit: 1971 Montage: Volume 3 (pg 94))

May 1970

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Aerial of the UMass Boston campus, circa 1985 (Photo credit: University Archives and Special Collections)

January 1974

Harbor Campus Opens
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Bobby the Beacon (Photo credit: )

September 1974

Birth of the Beacons
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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Photo credit: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)

October 1979

JFK Presidential Library Opens
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John Cooney, Director of the Environmental Science Program (Photo credit: News&Views_UMB2.56.2_002 )

June 1981

Environmental Science PhD Program Established
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Boston State College (Photo credit: University Archives and Special Collections)

January 1982

UMass Boston Absorbs Boston State College
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WUMB staff member (Photo credit: UMass Boston Archives, WUMB Files <br /> )

September 1982

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A student stands in front of the Columbia T station map that details a shuttle connection to UMass Boston (Photo credit: University Archives and Special Collections)

December 1982

MBTA Station Renamed JFK/UMass
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First Urban Scholars (Photo credit: )

June 1983

Urban Scholars Program Launched
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Images from the 1990 yearbook of the Black Student Center (Photo credit: )

October 1984

Black Student Center and Trotter Institute Founded
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Massachusetts State Archives (Photo credit: Christian Arthur)

November 1985

Massachusetts State Archives Opens
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UMass Boston's football team (Photo credit: )

September 1988

Beacons Varsity Football Born
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Boston Harbor (Photo credit: )

February 1989

Urban Harbors Institute and Gastón Institute Launched
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Institute for Asian American Studies Co-Director Paul Watanabe and Community Program Coordinator Michael Lin did a research study in 2002. (Photo credit: Harry Brett)

January 1993

Institute for Asian American Studies Founded
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Labor Resource Center Director Susan Moir and team (Photo credit: Harry Brett)

January 1995

Labor Extension Program Started
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Chancellor Sherry Penney and UMass President William Bulger with Vice President Al Gore at the 2000 presidential debate. (Photo credit: Harry Brett)

October 2000

Bush-Gore Presidential Debate
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Students playing frisbee in front of the Campus Center (Photo credit: John Gillooly)

April 2004

Campus Center Opens
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Adan Colon-Carmona in a lab (Photo credit: Tom Kates)

January 2005

UMass Boston Partners with the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center
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Then Senator, now President Barack Obama, giving UMass Boston's 2006 commencement address (Photo credit: Margaret Brett)

June 2006

Barack Obama Delivers Commencement Address
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Master Plan Framework (Photo credit: )

December 2007

Strategic and Master Plans Unveiled
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Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation, Special Programs and Projects Charlie Titus and participants in the YES with Africa program (Photo credit: )

January 2009

YES with Africa Launched
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Interns with the Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights meet with Joy Ada Onyesoh, President of WILPF Nigeria  (Photo credit: Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights)

January 2009

Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights Partnership Initiated
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Startups collaborate in the Venture Development Center (Photo credit: Marilyn Humphries)

May 2009

Venture Development Center Created
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Groundbreaking of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate (Photo credit: Harry Brett)

April 2011

Ground Broken for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute
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Traditional Native American dance (Photo credit: John Gillooly)

September 2011

Establishment of Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor
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GAB No. 1 topping off ceremony at UMass Boston (Photo credit: Harry Brett)

May 2014

Topping Off for General Academic Building No. 1
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The Integrated Sciences Complex (Photo credit: Christian Arthur)

October 2014

Celebrating the Commonwealth’s Commitment to Investing in Higher Education
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The University of Massachusetts Boston at 50

50 Years of Excellence. A Lifetime of Opportunity.

On June 18, 1964, Gov. Endicott Peabody signed a bill establishing the University of Massachusetts Boston, the third campus in the UMass system. Since then, metropolitan Boston’s public university has grown to more than 16,000 students in 11 colleges and graduate schools. We invite you to explore just some of the milestones in our timeline. We also want you to submit your memories and photos, see what others have shared in the My Story section, and learn about upcoming events. You can also buy our commemorative book and donate—supporting our efforts in education and innovative research now and in the future.