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The first Educational Recognition Awards ceremony was held in 1999, envisioned by an ad hoc faculty group as a means of reaffirming education as the founding and primary mission of the campus. The event is characterized by recognition of educational excellence in all three schools, a celebration of the collaboration between the three schools and pride in the dedication, passion and creativity of faculty. Recipients are nominated and chosen by their faculty colleagues; students also participate in the nominating process within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate School of Nursing. The awards are presented by the deans of each school at an event held toward the end of the academic year.
An evening of fun for ALL students, faculty, staff, their families and friends:
There is no charge for this event; however, we do ask that you tell us whether or not you are planning to attend, and how many guests you will bring with you.
A continental buffet for faculty, graduates and their guests will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Buffets will be set in the 1st Floor Multi-Purpose Room of the Albert Sherman Center (ASC) and the Faculty Conference Room. There will be seating on the terraces outside the ASC and the school building and in the school lobbies. There is no charge for this event; however, we do ask that you tell us whether or not you are planning to attend and how many guests you will bring with you.
Please note: Food will not be allowed in the main tent where the ceremony will take place, so plan to arrive with sufficient time to enjoy the brunch in advance of taking your seats for the ceremony. The tent will open for seating for the Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m.
The ceremony will be held under a tent on the Campus Green, rain or shine. Be sure to dress appropriately and encourage your guests to do so. We suggest wearing low-heeled shoes.
Please note: Backpacks, briefcases, large bags, and wrapped gifts will not be allowed into the tent on Commencement Day. Handbags, purses, and camera bags will be allowed but may be subject to inspection prior to entry. Unattended backpacks or bags may be subject to inspection or removal without notice by members of the Department of Public Safety.
Guests are encouraged to be in their seats no later than 11:30, as Graduates will process down the aisle starting at 11:45 a.m., followed by UMass Medical School faculty and distinguished guests. It is expected that the ceremony will last approximately two hours.
All students are invited to the ceremony. Tickets are required; please contact Kim LaPerle to acquire them.
Convocation is characterized by a celebration of faculty. Highlights of the ceremony include recognition of newly tenured and recently promoted faculty and announcement of the recipients of the Chancellor's Medals for distinguished teaching, distinguished scholarship, distinguished service and distinguished clinical excellence. These recognitions are part of the Chancellor’s keynote address, which emphasizes the accomplishments of the previous year and the challenges for the coming year.
Investiture honors members of our faculty who have been appointed to named professorships and the generous donors who made these appointments possible. The first Investiture Ceremony was held in 1999 when there was such an extraordinary roster of honors to bestow that a new celebratory event to reflect this achievement was created. Today, there are more than 40 named professorships, a sign of the growth and maturity of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
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