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MassBay Responds to Marathon Tragedy

Message from President John O'Donnell:


Dear colleagues,

Early yesterday morning we made the decision to close the College in light of the evolving manhunt for the Marathon bombing suspects.  This decision was based on our highest priority, which is to protect the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

As the day unfolded yesterday, we informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation that one of the suspected perpetrators, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, briefly attended MassBay in spring 2008.  He was enrolled in two evening classes, withdrawing from the College after three weeks.  The two faculty members who taught those classes were called and informed.

The irony that both a victim and a suspected perpetrator of this heinous crime attended our College is not lost on us.  It is a stark reminder that both good and evil are part of our everyday lives, everywhere.

In the coming days, weeks, and months, we continue to mourn the loss of one of our graduates, marvel at the courage and expertise of our first responders and law enforcement agents, and pray for the healing of all the victims of this tragedy and their families.

Our College is open today.  On Monday at the Wellesley Hills campus and on Tuesday at the Framingham campus, at 2:30 pm, we will gather as a College community to mourn, to heal, and to search for hope.

John O'Donnell, President 

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