1913 Graduation Celebration

Suffolk University has an enduring commitment to nurturing scholars from various backgrounds, cultures, races, ethnicities, countries of origin, ability statuses, religions, genders, gender expressions, sexual orientations, and life experiences. Each year during commencement week we honor these graduating students and their allies at the 1913 Graduation Celebration.

Suffolk University's 1913 Celebration honors graduating students coming from traditionally marginalized communities.

The annual 1913 Graduation Celebration is named in honor of the first student of Color  to graduate from Suffolk: Thaddeus Alexander Kitchener of Kingston, Jamaica. It has been held in May every year since its inception in 2013, the centennial anniversary of Kitchener’s graduation.

The event features remarks by Suffolk President Marisa J. Kelly and other University leaders, as well as student speakers and a keynote address by an invited guest.

1913 Celebration