The entire community is saddened by the tragic death of Salem State University student Christopher Joyce. For those of us who knew Chris personally, and those who have recently learned more about this incredible young man, we know that Chris was the epitome of Salem State.
Chris was a graduating senior in the business administration program with a concentration in accounting. Originally from Boston, Chris was very active on campus as part of the Brotherhood program. The program follows a multi-tiered model of best practices for helping young men of color succeed. This includes academic support via advising, tutoring, and study skills training; opportunities for leadership and community engagement; and career preparation. Chris was an important part of that fabric which relies heavily on a close-knit peer network of support.
Friends and peers who knew Chris frequently cite his smile, positive energy and role-modeling as part of his legacy in their lives. Chris could often be found on campus participating in intramural games at the Gassett Fitness Center and studying between classes. His friends described him as being the first in line for his cap and gown, excited to walk across the stage at commencement and begin the next stage of his career. He hoped to go on to receive his master’s degree. His smile lit up the room, and he advocated for love and happiness.
His loss has been felt by the entire Salem State community and by those who knew and loved him. In honor of Chris's short but powerful legacy, family and friends have established the Chris Joyce '18 Scholarship to be awarded to a first-generation college student at Salem State. Your contribution to this fund pays tribute an incredible young man and supports the very thing that Chris held so dear - the power of education.
Chris's Salem State degree was received posthumously on Saturday, May 19, 2018, and accepted by his family.