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Celebrating 125 Years

UMass Lowell’s story has always been one of opportunity. Founded in 1894 in the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, the Lowell Normal School and the Lowell Textile School became places where hardworking students could make a better future for themselves and their communities. 

Over the next 125 years, those institutions evolved and then combined, eventually creating UMass Lowell, regarded today among the top public research universities in the nation. 

Throughout its growth, the university has stayed true to its core mission: enable every student to reach their full potential. Since its founding, this institution has made accessible a high-quality and affordable education — and brighter futures for students and for our local, regional and global communities. Join us as we proudly celebrate our past and look with optimism to our future.

125 Years Proud

  • UMass Lowell is 125 years proud.

125 Anniversary Events

  • OCT
    17

    Homecoming kicks off with UMass Lowell’s 125th Anniversary Celebration! We started small, we worked hard and today we are one of the fastest-growing public research universities in the country. Join us in celebrating our accomplishments and this important milestone with entertainment, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, honors and awards. Limited tickets available. Tickets are $125 per person, $75 for young alumni (2009-2019).

    5:30 PM
  • OCT
    18

    UMass Lowell Athletics welcomes four new members to the Athletic Hall of Fame during a celebratory dinner in Moloney Ballroom. By invite only.

    4:30 PM
  • OCT
    18

    The 2019 UMass Lowell Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees include exceptional individuals who made noteworthy contributions to the university and the Department of Athletics during their tenures. This event is SOLD OUT.

    4:30 PM
  • OCT
    18

    Professional Co-op Program 10th Anniversary

    5:00 PM
  • OCT
    19

    This USA Track and Field sanctioned 5k race is held in memory of track alumna Jennifer D'Amour ’98 and funds scholarships for the women's cross country and track and field teams. The certified course runs along both sides of the Merrimack River and major East Campus landmarks: Fox, Bourgeois and Leitch Halls. Online early bird registration is $20 and includes two River Hawk Hockey tickets. Race day registration is also available at the Tsongas Center between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m.; the race starts at 10 a.m. For 2019, the race will feature a three-person team competition. Awards are given to the top finishers in a variety of categories. 

    10:00 AM
  • OCT
    19

    Hockey alumni are invited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of UMass Lowell winning the Division II NCAA Hockey Championship at this year's Riley Reunion.

    3:00 PM
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