Community breakfast at UMass kicks off new school year

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, second from left, keeps time as the Minuteman Marching Band performs a few numbers to conclude the annual community breakfast held in Student Union Ballroom on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. From left are UMass senior Seth Lambert on quad drums, junior Colin Plante on sousaphone and senior Maxwell Newman on snare drum. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 8/22/2019 12:19:13 PM
Modified: 8/22/2019 12:19:02 PM

AMHERST — A yearly community breakfast that denotes the beginning of a new school year at the University of Massachusetts and celebrates the university’s relationship with officials and business leaders in area cities and towns takes place Tuesday morning.

Jointly sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, the 53rd annual breakfast, to be held at 7:30 a.m. in the auditorium in the Campus Center, offers a chance for community and campus leaders to meet newcomers, renew friendships and discuss plans for the upcoming year.

UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, John Page, the chamber’s marketing and membership manager and a UMass student will be among the speakers.

In past years, the event, which is open to the public, has been mostly lighthearted, but also has been used as a time to make announcements about more serious matters, such as in 2017 when Subbaswamy launched the “hate has no home at UMass” campaign, and in 2016 when he told the community a party registration program for off-campus students would begin.

The auditorium is a new location for the breakfast. The traditional site, the Student Union Ballroom, is not available as the 1957 building is undergoing a $62 million renovation.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Free parking is available in the Campus Center Garage.

For more information, call the Office of External Relations and University Events at 577-1101 or send email to

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