Shuaib Balogun '18 Underscores the Power of Knowledge
Fri, 05/11/2018
Sun, 12/09/2018 - 14

"The Honors College gave me the desire to want to dig deeper to unmask more issues and look into ways of solving them." 

This year’s Celebration of Excellence student speaker, Shuaib Balogun '18, shares how he was inspired by the Commonwealth Honors College in his speech to more than 1,000 of his fellow graduating seniors and their families at the May 11th ceremony in the Mullins Center. 

The 24th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference Draws in Thousands
Wed, 05/09/2018
Wed, 05/30/2018 - 10

On Friday, April 27, 2018, 1,300 students from 21 public higher education institutions across the Commonwealth presented their research at the 24th Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference (MassURC). MassURC promotes undergraduate research across the state and is co-sponsored by Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the Massachusetts State University Council of Presidents, and the Massachusetts Community Colleges.

Celebration of Excellence 2018

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 1:30pm
Event Location: 
Mullins Center
Event Description: 

Ceremony to Recognize Commonwealth Honors College Graduates.

The Commonwealth Honors College “Celebration of Excellence” will take place on Friday May 11, at the Mullins Center.

Graduates are asked to arrive at 12:15 p.m. wearing their cap and gown. The procession will begin at 1:15 p.m. and the event is scheduled to begin promptly at 1:30 p.m.

Important Information and Logistics for Graduates


IMPORTANT: Please be aware that the Mullins Center requires ALL guests to walk through metal detectors when entering the venue. To expedite the process, we ask that guests remove cell phones from their pockets and encourage patrons to avoid bringing bags to the facility. Purses, diaper bags, and other small personal bags are allowed but will be inspected at all entrances. Outside food or beverages, weapons of any kind, and tobacco products are not permitted inside the arena. For a full list of prohibited items, please visit the Mullins Center website at


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CHC to Host Artist Synthia Saint James on Feb. 6
Thu, 01/25/2018
Thu, 01/25/2018 - 09

On Feb. 6, Commonwealth Honors College will welcome renowned artist Dr. Synthia Saint James for a Black History Month Celebration. Dr. Saint James will share her art and the influences behind her work as she leads an improvisational collage workshop. Using construction paper in various colors, magazine cut-outs, and other materials, participants will use their imaginations to create individual artistic designs. 

Black History Month Celebration: Collage Workshop Featuring Synthia Saint James

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Event Location: 
CHC Events Hall
Event Description: 

Spend an evening with Dr. Saint James who will share her world recognized art and the themes that influence her work as she leads an improvisational collage workshop. Participants will utilize their imagination to create individual artistic designs. Mediums will include construction paper in various colors, photographic magazine cut-outs, and other materials. Supplies will be provided.

Refreshments will be served and online registration is required. Priority will be given to UMass students, faculty and staff.

Dr. Synthia Saint James is a world renowned multicultural visual artist, author and illustrator of 27 books, who has garnered numerous prestigious awards in her forty-five plus year career. Saint James is most noted for designing the first Kwanzaa stamp for the United States Postal Service, and for the national and international cover art of Terry McMillan's book Waiting to Exhale.

Commonwealth Honors College Celebrates 1,025 Graduates
Fri, 05/11/2018
Mon, 07/01/2019 - 14

Commonwealth Honors College celebrated the honors distinction of 1,025 members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst class of 2018 during the Celebration of Excellence on Friday, May 11. The ceremony, held in the Mullins Center, included recognition from university dignitaries, such as UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Provost John McCarthy.




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