Awards and Recognition

What makes the Institute stand out


2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor awarded the Edward M. Kennedy Institute its 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, in recognition of consistently receiving positive feedback and reviews from visitors. The Certificate of Excellence acknowledges places that help travelers plan and enjoy their perfect trips. Read the reviews here, and plan your visit.

2017 NECO Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipient

Institute Co-founder and President of the Board Victoria Reggie Kennedy was named a 2017 NECO Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipient by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. The medal recognizes individuals who have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity; all while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America.

2017 UMass Dartmouth Leduc Center Community Member Civic Leadership Award

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Leduc Center for Civic Engagement recognized Dr. Jean MacCormack, President of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, with the Community Member Civic Leadership Award. The Award recognizes community members who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to civic engagement, and to advancing the communities of the South Coast and the region.

2017 Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute was honored with a 2017 Thea Award from the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). The Institute’s Senate Immersion Module (SIM) program was selected as an Outstanding Achievement in Connected Immersion in Education category. The Thea Awards were created by the TEA to help realize a key mission of the association: bringing recognition to achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry.

2016 BGTW Merit Award

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute received a Merit Award in the Wider World Category from the British Guild of Travel Writers (BGTW) at their 2016 Annual Tourism Awards. This honor places the Institute among the top five new tourism projects visited by BGTW members in the Wider World category (outside of the UK and Ireland).