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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts authorizes Bay Path to grant graduate degrees. The Master of Science in Communications and Information Management is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education in June, and the first class begins in October.

Adult students working in a classroom on a group project
Students in the first CIM class work on a project in the MassMutual Multimedia Lab in D’Amour Hall.

D’Amour Hall for Business, Communications and Technology opens with state-of-the-art technology classrooms.

Carol Leary, Gerald D'Amour and Jeanne D'Amour '40 cutting a ribbon during a building opening
President Leary joins Big Y co-founder Gerald D’Amour and Jeanne D’Amour ’40, former Bay Path Trustee, at the ribbon-cutting.

On Saturday, October 21, 2000, the Blake Student Commons is dedicated to longtime supporters and friends of Bay Path, S. Prestley and Helen Blake.

From left: President Leary; co-founder of Friendly’s Ice Cream and Bay Path Trustee Emeritus S. Prestley Blake; and Helen Blake.
Hundreds attend the grand opening and dedication of the Blake Student Commons. It quickly becomes the center point and gathering place for the Bay Path community.

Photo of Carol Leary and M. Constance Breck '30
The newly renovated Breck Fitness Center is also dedicated, funded by the generosity of M. Constance Breck ’30 of the Breck & Co. family.


The Central Massachusetts Campus is established in Southbridge/Sturbridge, offering the One-Day-A-Week Saturday College. Eventually, graduate programs are made available through this satellite location.

image of yellow light bulb and stick figures of men and womenThe President’s Innovative Thinking and Entrepreneurship Lecture Series is founded, emphasizing leadership and the process of innovation. Over the years, guest speakers include Tom Stemberg, co-founder of Staples, Inc.; Sue Morelli, CEO and president of Au Bon Pain; and Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, among others.


The Eastern Mass Center is established in Burlington, MA, to accommodate the growing popularity of the One-Day-A-Week Saturday College. By 2007, over 800 students are enrolled across all Bay Path locations in the program. Today, the Eastern Mass Center is located in Concord, MA, offering graduate programs in education, psychology, and applied behavior analysis for women and men.


logo for the WELL program at Bay Path UniversityThe Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders (WELL) program is launched within the curriculum and becomes Bay Path’s signature leadership initiative tailored for traditional and adult women.