Remembering Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Class of 1988

Mayor Thomas Menino, Verizon's Robert Mudge, UMass Boston Chancellor Sherry Penney, and Ira Jackson at the Business-Higher Education Forum, 1998. UASC-UAPHO-0002-0063-0004

Mayor Thomas Menino, Verizon’s Robert Mudge, UMass Boston Chancellor Sherry Penney, and Ira Jackson at the Business-Higher Education Forum, 1998. UASC-UAPHO-0002-0063-0004

Today, the City of Boston bids farewell to beloved five-term mayor Thomas M. Menino, who passed away last Thursday, October 30.

Menino received his bachelor of arts in 1988 from UMass Boston’s College of Public and Community Service with a concentration in community planning. Menino took part in the 1987 commencement exercises, but received his degree in January 1988. View the commencement program here (his name appears on page 21 of the PDF). Seven years later, in 1994, he was on the commencement platform again, but this time he was giving the principal address to the graduates as The Honorable Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston. View the 1994 commencement program here.

Over the years, Mayor Menino visited the campus often in support of the university’s strong programs in urban planning and community service. A number of images in the photograph collections of University Archives & Special Collections document Mayor Menino’s commitment to the mission of UMass Boston. Click here to view photographs of Mayor Menino from our collection.

Mayor Menino views Road Show photographs from Dorchester with University Archivist Joanne Riley.

Mayor Menino views Road Show photographs from Dorchester with University Archivist Joanne Riley.

Finally, the mayor’s office was a strong supporter of the Grub Street Memoir Project, which partnered with UMass Boston’s Mass. Memories Road Show project in 2007 for a reading and photo scanning evening at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square. Learn more about the Grub Street Memoir Project here and view the images collected at the Grub Street Mass. Memories Road Show.

The Healey Library joins the UMass Boston community and the City of Boston in offering condolences to the Mayor’s family on the loss of a remarkable man and a tireless public servant who transformed our city for the better. Mayor Menino will be missed.

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