To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of its original campus in Amherst, the University of Massachusetts launched a 30-second video titled, UMass 150: Commitment and Achievement.

Narrated by UMass President Robert L. Caret, the video notes that the original Massachusetts Agricultural College, like land-grant schools across the country, was established to make higher education available to people from all walks of life.

"The idea was that higher education should be available to the many and not just be the province of the few," President Caret observes. From a small, four-building campus in Amherst has grown the five-campus, 73,000-student statewide university system that today is indispensable to the fortunes and future of Massachusetts.

As President Caret notes: "So much of what this state has been and will be connects back to the seeds that were sown in this soil -- and grew into this great University." A century and a half of Commitment and Achievement ... with much more still to come.