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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

    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

    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

    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
  • MAY

    Graduates of 1970 and prior gather for this luncheon to connect with fellow alumni and hear the latest about UMass Lowell.

    11:30 AM
  • MAY

    Graduates of 1960 and 1970 are invited to enjoy an evening of reconnecting with classmates over cocktails, dinner, music and more.

    5:30 PM
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