Friday, April 18th, 2014 marks the first anniversary of the death of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who was killed while protecting our community. President Rafael Reif says that he, “was a young man with a wonderful spirit of kindness, service, curiosity and play, and an extraordinary ability to touch the hearts of everyone around him. Through the example of his life, and through our shared experience after his death, he taught us the power of community in ways that no one present at the time will ever forget.”
There will be two events honoring Officer Sean Collier’s sacrifice and celebrating his life on Friday, April 18th, 2014. These events will both take place on MIT’s North Court and are open to the entire MIT community.
- Ceremony of Remembrance
9:30am to 10:30am
This formal ceremony will provide an opportunity to honor Officer Collier, to express respect and gratitude for the MIT Police and all first responders, and to preview renderings of the permanent memorial for Officer Collier designed by Professor Meejin Yoon.
- Community Picnic and Rally for the “MIT Strong” Marathon Team
1:00pm to 2:30pm
This picnic will serve as a rally for the MIT Strong team, a group of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who are running this year’s Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21st, 2014 to honor Officer Collier and generate support for the Collier Fund at MIT. If you plan to cheer the team on in person at the Marathon, you may pick up a free “MIT Strong” sign from CopyTech in MIT Room 11-004.