Smart Celebrations

The following message was sent to all students on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021


It is time for a belated annual celebration in this city: the Boston Marathon. This weekend, people from all over the world are on their way to Boston to watch, run and enjoy the world’s oldest annual marathon on Indigenous People’s Day. The last stage of the 42.195-kilometer race cuts across our yard – through South Campus and Kenmore Square. Tradition also calls for reconnecting with friends and for plenty of revelry this Monday.

During this global pandemic, stay informed and smart about your travels. If you travel out of state and are mixing with others in their households you are encouraged to plan your arrival and give yourself time to get a negative test before you head back to classes and your normal routine. If your travels will interfere with your compliance with the testing requirement please consider testing before your departure to remain in compliance.

As you gather in the neighborhoods surrounding the area, please be mindful of your safety on rooftops and decks – many of these structures were never constructed with the intent of hosting large gatherings. Be mindful – it’s not a good idea to be on roofs, sit on railings, hang out on crowded decks and porches, or to jump off roofs, ledges, walls or porches.  Most importantly, if you choose to drink – and you are of legal age to do so, don’t overindulge and keep an eye out for each other (especially if you’re hosting people in your apartment).

As you plan your day, keep in mind that lots of people will be out, rallying, and celebrating. If it feels right, go for it! Sing, dance, listen to music, eat well, root and cheer – hopefully with others.  Regardless of your plans, have all the fun you can stand, and if you can, do make your way to the Marathon route.


Keep yourself and your fellow Terriers safe,

Kenneth Elmore
Associate Provost and Dean of Students

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