The Founders Circle honors extraordinary leadership, loyalty, and generosity and recognizes donors’ cumulative support.
Gifts totaling $100,000 or more entitle individual donors to be honored, while organizations are honored for support of $250,000 or more. Additional levels celebrate even greater support.
Founders Circle donors are honored through four categories of tribute.
These levels reflect the rich history of the University of Massachusetts Boston, founded in 1964, and that of Boston State College, which became part of the university in 1982 and, through several predecessor institutions, traces its origins to 1851.
The Founders Circle Wall graces the Campus Center's second level. To learn more about this tribute society, contact Gina M. Cappello at 617.287.5335.
Lola T. McGrail '35 points to her name on the Founders Circle tribute wall in the Campus Center.
Mary Hemenway Society
Generous donors to the university of at least $100,000 over a lifetime. These may be individuals or couples. Mary Hemenway was a major benefactor of Boston Normal School, Boston State College’s original predecessor institution. Her many significant contributions included a collection of texts that became the nucleus of the school’s library.
William H.J. Kennedy Society
Generous donors to the university of at least $250,000 over a lifetime. These may be individuals, couples, or organizations. William H.J. Kennedy was named the first dean of the newly named Teachers College of the City of Boston in 1922, and served as president from 1929 through 1949. The William H. J. Kennedy Building at Boston State College was dedicated in his honor in 1965.
George V. Kenneally, Jr. Society
Generous donors to the university of at least $500,000 over a lifetime. These may be individuals, couples, or organizations. George V. Kenneally, Jr., a beloved state senator and longtime Dorchester neighborhood activist and leader, joined his friend Robert H. Quinn in 1964 to co-sponsor the legislation that established the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Daisy Tagliacozzo Society
Generous donors to the university of at least $1,000,000 over a lifetime. These may be individuals, couples, or organizations. Daisy Tagliacozzo graced the university’s faculty from 1971 to 1989.
A distinguished sociologist, a wise and ingenious teacher, and a principled administrator, she represents the hundreds of scholar-teachers who have devoted themselves to giving UMass Boston students opportunities equal to the very best.