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Welcome to the Office of University Events!

The Office of University Events is devoted to providing employees, faculty and students with the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments, thereby helping to unite the UMass Chan Medical School community. 

We are responsible for designing, organizing, and implementing the chancellor’s campus-wide events such as Commencement and Convocation, as well as more intimate department-related events. In doing so, we strive to showcase our institution to our community and welcome visitors and prospective faculty or students with unparalleled generosity. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.



333 South Street, Shrewsbury, Mass.


Tim Rice 

Senior Director, Office of University Events  

Tim Rice, senior director of the Office of University Events, joined UMass Chan Medical School from Boston College in 2013. Tim is responsible for planning, organizing, implementing and directing the chancellor’s campus-wide events, including but not limited to Commencement, Convocation, Investiture, White Coat Ceremony and the Educational Recognition Awards. Tim works directly with the Office of the Chancellor to oversee and coordinate the academic events schedule. 

Tim also coordinates University Board of Trustees activities on the Medical School campus, oversees and facilitates UMass Chan special events, and acts as a consultant to senior administration, department leadership and other members of the UMass Chan community for unique events. 

Tim graduated magna cum laude in 2009 from Boston College, earning a BA in corporate systems. In 2013, he received his Master of Arts in higher education from the Boston College Lynch School of Education.  

An active member of the North American Association of Commencement Officers, Tim was regional director of the association from 2013-2014. He is also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society. Tim lives in Westborough with his three daughters, Olivia, Fiona and Lucy. 

Email: timothy.rice@umassmed.edu