Sunday, May 22, 2016
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston
Law School Ceremony: 5p.m.
All students (JD, LLM, SJD) anticipating graduation must submit an Academic Degree Application:
October 1st for January 2016 graduates
January 1st for May 2016 and September 2016 graduates
Degree Application is located on Campus Cruiser---Graduation
For families attending 2016 University Commencement exercises, an affordable on-campus housing option is available in the Nathan R. Miller Residence Hall.
Nightly rates are $81 for a single person and at $62 per person for 2-4 people. Breakfast and wireless internet are included.
For more information, or for an application form, please contact Residence Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 617-305-2500 x 0. Application forms will be available soon.
The Law School Commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion located at 290 Northern Avenue, Boston. The ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m. All seating is general admission. The ceremony is also webcast live and the link to the webcast will be provided at a later date.
Each graduate indicating attendance at the ceremony will be provided with 10 guest invitations/tickets and may also request additional tickets. (complete extra ticket form). The number of extra tickets available is based on the number of graduates attending the ceremony. The request for extra tickets is located on Campus Cruiser --- Graduation tab.
Tickets and invitations will be available for pick up, May 2 through May 13 at the Office of Academic Services.
All graduates attending the ceremony must order Academic Attire on Campus Cruiser --- Graduation tab.
Caps and gowns will be available for pick-up from May 2 through May 13 in the Suffolk Store.
Elaine Jones will be the 2016 law school commencement speaker.
Jones, an attorney who is president-emerita and director-counsel-emerita of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, will deliver the commencement address at the 5 p.m. Suffolk University Law School commencement ceremony. From the time she served with the Peace Corps in Turkey through her long career with the Legal Defense Fund, Jones has been a pioneer in seeking justice for people of color, women and the underprivileged. As a young attorney Jones took on death row cases; she was a counsel of record in Furman v. Georgia, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that abolished the death penalty in 37 states for 12 years. She was the first African American to serve on the board of governors of the American Bar Association and the first woman to lead the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the law firm founded by Thurgood Marshall. Jones holds degrees from Howard University and the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was the first black woman graduate.
Students can request a visa invitation letter online through the Center for International Programs and Services.
After the online form is submitted, a staff member from the Center will be in contact regarding picking up the letter.
Suffolk University will provide reasonable accommodations for Commencement guests with disabilities. Please submit your request by May 1, 2016 so it may be processed in time.
The information you provide in this form will be used by the Dean of Students Office to review your request. The Dean of Students Office will contact you with specific instructions for how your accommodation needs will be met for the graduation ceremony.
Please plan to be at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on the afternoon of May 22, 2016. Graduates enter through main entrance beginning at 4 p.m. Guests are not permitted to enter until 4:15 p.m. Ushers will be available to direct graduates to the student robing area. Please pay special attention the bag safety instructions/restrictions in this booklet.
Each graduate will be handed a 3” X 5” card bearing his/her name typed with the appropriate honors, concentration, and joint degree by a member of the Office of Academic Services staff. Graduates will be directed to the appropriate line up area. This card is also numbered so that each Graduate will be lined up in alphabetical order. Do not make ANY changes or additions to the card. This card must be presented to an Associate Dean upon reaching the stage.
Honors – Students who graduate with honors will be provided with an honor cord representing the honor received.
Summa Cum Laude – Gold
Magna Cum Laude – Silver
Cum Laude – Bronze
BEFORE COMMENCEMENT BEGINS
Keep noise at a minimum in the robing area to facilitate last minute instructions. DO NOT LEAVE ANY PERSONAL ITEMS IN THE ROBING AREA. LEAVE THEM WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS. Please turn off all cell phones.
Graduates will start to march ten (10) feet behind the University Marshall. Go slowly, keep in line and follow directions. File into the seats reserved for the Graduates under the direction of the usher. All Graduates will remain standing until the Chairman of the Board calls the Commencement Exercise to order and gives further direction.
PROCEDURE FOR STANDING WHEN DEGREE IS CALLED
When the candidates for the JD degree are asked to stand by Dean Perlman, please stand together. Under the directions of an usher, proceed to the stage one row at a time and keep a continuous flow to the foot of the stage. You will march to the left front stairs as you face the stage.
PROCEEDING TO STAGE AND RECEIVING DIPLOMA
Upon reaching the stage, hand the card with your typed name to an Associate Dean, who will then read your name and appropriate honors. Proceed to Dean Perlman who will hand your diploma to you. Accept the diploma with your left hand and shake hands with Dean Perlman with your right hand. Proceed across the stage, and down the second set of front stairs and return to your seat.
Guests will be restricted from approaching the stage area to take photos.
Note: A photographer will be taking pictures as each Graduate receives his/her diploma. Keep tassels on the left of the cap so that an unobstructed picture may be taken. (Commencement Photos, 1348 Main St., Tewksbury, MA 01876, 978-851-5924)
RETURNING TO SEAT
After all Graduates are seated, the President will ask all Graduates to stand as a group to be recognized. Then sit as a group.
The University Marshall will come forward and raise the baton to signal the stage party and all Graduates to stand for the Recession. The Graduates will follow the stage party and march out in two lines down the center aisle. Proceed slowly in line. The ceremony should conclude by approximately 7 p.m.
During the formal Commencement Exercises, each May ‘16 Graduate will receive a congratulatory letter to facilitate an orderly Commencement process and to avoid any damage to the diploma. At the conclusion of the ceremonies, you will return to the robing area and pick up your actual diploma.
CAP AND GOWN RETURNS
Caps and gowns are rental outfits and must be returned at the end of the ceremony. A replacement cost of $450.00 will be assessed to any graduate who does not return the cap/gown/hood to the bookstore.
We are all looking forward to sharing this day with you! Congratulations on a job well done!