Guests celebrating at the Commencement Dinner

Suffolk’s annual Commencement Dinner, a gala event held at the InterContinental Hotel Boston on May 20, 2017, celebrated the University’s most generous donors and leadership alumni volunteers, our distinguished honorary degree recipients, and the accomplishments of the Class of 2017 from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Sawyer Business School, and Suffolk Law School.

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Robert C. Lamb, Jr., welcomed the 240 guests and acknowledged that “the purpose of the evening is to celebrate all things Suffolk.” Acting President Marisa Kelly thanked everyone for their involvement in the life of this University which positively impacts the lives of our students. She told the audience, “We have had a great academic year. As a university, we have made important forward progress…and accomplished a great deal together.” She thanked everyone for their engagement and their contributions that matter greatly to Suffolk, and she praised the Class of 2017 for their outstanding accomplishments.”

Suffolk’s 2017 honorary degree recipients spoke about the importance of public service and the importance of Suffolk University in the Boston community and far beyond.The Mayor of the City of Boston, the Honorable Martin. J. Walsh, President and CEO of the Partnership, Inc., Carol Fulp, and Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, Robert Putnam, previewed their Commencement remarks, with Mayor Walsh noting that “Shoring up the American Dream is your school’s mission.”

Class of 2017 graduates Sean Walsh, BS, and Cherina Clark, MBA/JD, extended their appreciation to those present and the entire Suffolk community for making their education possible and contributing to their success. “I wouldn’t trade my Suffolk experience for anything in the world,” Walsh said, noting the unique location of Suffolk in the heart of the City and in the shadow of the State House.

Cherina Clark, named one of the 25 National Law Students of the Year,acknowledged Suffolk’s role in helping her complete multiple high-profile internships and serve as a student leader and president of the Black Law Students Association as she pursued her dual graduate degrees.

As they honored Suffolk’s proud legacy of academic access and professional achievement, the speakers also looked ahead. Chairman Lamb said, “I’m convinced that Suffolk University has never been stronger and—similar to the Class of 2017—it has never been better-positioned for future success.”