Happy Graduation to all UMass seniors! We wish you the best of luck in these uncertain times. You may remember that UMass was founded, as Massachusetts Agricultural College, in 1863, when times were even more uncertain. And ‘Mass Aggie’ became Massachusetts State College in 1931, when times were, again, uncertain.
The Massachusetts Agricultural College was founded under the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862; in 2013 WGBY made a film of the history of the land grant colleges in general, and of UMass in particular; you may view their video here. And in 2016 the late Dr Robert Cox gave a talk about diversity in the agricultural college’s early days; you may view the video here.