40th and 50th Reunion Participants Marvel at Campus Changes

Classes of 1962 and 1972 Join for Commencement Celebrations

Women at reunion weekend

Reunion alumni reminisce over newspaper clippings and yearbooks.

By Nichole Carter

During the recent 40th and 50th reunions, participants reminisced about a time when they could count the number of buildings on each campus on one hand and paid just hundreds of dollars per year in tuition and fees.

In May, about 100 members of the classes of 1962 and 1972 gathered for campus tours, mock lectures, a year-in-review with six River Hawks coaches, the Commencement Eve gala, Commencement and a Chancellor’s breakfast.

They were amazed by changes on campus, including the acquisition of the Tsongas Center and the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, the latter being where many of them stayed during the reunion celebration; along with the construction of the Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center on North Campus and the new Health and Social Sciences Building on South Campus.

Members of the classes of ’62 and ’72 were students at UMass Lowell when it was divided into smaller colleges and institutes known by different names: Mass State College at Lowell (a name it held from 1960-1968) as well as Lowell State College on the South Campus (from 1968 to 1975) and Lowell Technological Institute on the North Campus (from 1953-1975). The University became known as the University of Lowell in 1975 and UMass Lowell in 1991 — long after these alumni had graduated.

 “This is one of the most rewarding events we have every year,” says Heather Makrez ’06, ‘08, director of alumni relations. “The 40th and 50th reunion alumni are excited to reunite with their classmates – they enjoy the reunion activities and being able to see how much their alma mater has changed since they were students.”

Fiftieth reunion participants marched in the Commencement exercises and received UMass Lowell diplomas from Graduate School of Education Dean Anita Greenwood.  Both she and Francis College of Engineering Dean John Ting talked to the groups about changes on campus.

All alumni are welcome to return to campus this October for a golden alumni luncheon, in honor of all graduates who have already celebrated their  50th reunions, during Fall Festival on Oct. 13 at noon. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at Alumni_Office@uml.edu.

If you haven’t yet supported your reunion scholarship fund, please make a gift at www.uml.edu/poweronline. Designate your gift to the Alumni Reunion Scholarship Fund or the 1962 Lowell State Scholarship Fund in the “Other” category.  

See a video of the 50th reunion classes at the 2012 Commencement exercises. Check out photos from the 40th and 50th reunions.