For MSA graduate and commencement speaker Anita Sar, leaving her home in West Africa to attend Suffolk was a risk worth taking.

She started off at Suffolk’s Senegal campus. But when the campus shut down in 2011, she was faced with a dilemma—she could either finish her degree in Boston and leave her family behind or stay in Africa.

She chose Suffolk.

“I knew that Suffolk would surround and support me with kind and knowledgeable professors, staff, and colleagues who would treat me like family members,” she said.

It didn't take long before Suffolk became her home away from home.

“Beyond our classes, we brought changes to the school and the city itself through volunteering and extracurricular activities. We laughed and celebrated, advanced ideas, exerted our energy, went nights without sleeping, cried tears streaming down our faces. These experiences are all stitched to the textile of our beloved University, and that is what we leave as a legacy,” she said.