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Police chief Frank Bourgeois and two student orientation leaders jump for joy on move in day.
Chief of Police Frank Bourgeois joins two orientation leaders in welcoming students to campus on Move In Day. (Photo by Jamison Wexler)

The Bentley community had plenty of reasons to celebrate in 2022, including the inauguration of the university’s ninth president, E. LaBrent Chrite, the campus return of our undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies and a visit from the Kingdom of Bahrain’s ambassador to the U.S., Bentley alumnus Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Khalifa ’01 MBA ’03.  

From innovative academic offerings and historic athletic performances to exhilarating and enriching campus events, we look back at some of our favorite stories from 2022: 

Historic Number of First-Gen Students

Close-up photo of Black male student wearing a blue suit and tie, with a Bentley First Gen pin in his lapelWe welcomed the Class of 2026 — the most diverse class in the university’s history, with 25% of incoming students the first in their families to attend college.

Among Top 10 for Return on Investment

Ilustration of businessman feeding a coin into one side of a machine labeled "ROI," with multiple coins coming out of the other sideGeorgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce ranked Bentley among the top 10 colleges and universities in the nation offering the greatest long-term return on investment.

Hoop Teams Make History

Photo of women's basketball team on court after winning the NE-10 championshipFor the first time in the 40-plus year history of the Northeast-10 Conference, one university — Bentley — won both the women’s and men’s basketball championships in the same season. 

Introducing New PhD Program

Photo of Black male executive at head of conference room table, talking and gesturing to two colleagues.Our new Executive PhD program offers a flexible, accelerated format that empowers experienced business leaders to make “game-changing, data-driven decisions” for their companies and communities.

First In-Person Rainbow Graduation

Four students pose with arms around each other, wearing rainbow-themed graduation regalia.Graduating seniors, friends, professors and university staff gathered for the first in-person Rainbow Graduation ceremony for graduating LGBTQ+ students. 

ASA Gala Named “Best Program of the Year”

A group of students on stage at the Africana Student Association gala.Featuring fashion, food and live performances, the Africana Student Association’s sold-out event provided a venue to showcase and honor African cultures. 

Spring Day Returns to Campus

Jack Harlow takes the stage to perform at Bentley's Spring Day.Concert headliners Diplo and Jack Harlow hyped a crowd of more than 3,000 students at the annual event, which also featured a mechanical bull, an axe-throwing activity and a caricature artist. 

Gift Transforms the Business of Health Care

Alumni brothers Chris and Greg SmithA $5 million gift from alumni brothers Chris and Greg Smith will help the university expand its offerings to include innovative and impactful programs related to the health care industry. 

Bentley-Gallup “Force for Good” Report

Cover image of Bentley-Gallup Force for Good ReportBentley partnered with Gallup to conduct a new survey and found that a majority of Americans believe business has a positive impact on people’s lives. 

Carbon Neutrality by 2030

Illustration featuring globe surrounded by sustainability iconsBentley’s Sustainability and Climate Action Plan committed to further reductions in campus greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy use, equity and education.