As undergraduate commencement speaker Amanda Ho got ready to receive her diploma, she could hear her father’s voice in the back of her mind: “Ninety-nine percent done is 100 percent finished.” Not today. With her BSBA degree in hand, Amanda is finally 100 percent done.

Her four years at Suffolk were busy and filled with hard work. An Information Systems and Global Business double major, with a Marketing minor and concentration in Big Data and Business Analytics, she was a familiar face across campus. She served as a teaching assistant, IS Club president, and recently received the Spirit of IS Award for her work in the Suffolk community. Along the way, she’s made lasting friendships with classmates, faculty, staff, and alumni.

It’s a story that many Suffolk students share. “That’s what I love about Suffolk—we all have different communities we’re a part of that make us feel at home. I love the bond we share within our ISOM community because we take the same grueling classes and we understand funny words like Drupal, SQL, or Python. I have bonded with so many amazing people who I am proud to call my friends,” she said.

For Amanda, the faculty has been more than teachers. They are lifelong friends and mentors. “If you’ve ever taken a class with Professor Hung, you know on the last day he will give a heartfelt speech on how much he’s enjoyed the semester, hand you his business card, and tell you to contact him anytime for advice or just to talk. He is one reason Suffolk is special,” she said.

Amanda’s professors believed in her, even when she doubted herself. They were instrumental in helping her gain practical experience and build self-confidence. “I feel supported by the faculty and staff here because they see the values of myself that I may not see. They’ve given me the opportunity to participate in a case competition at Bose, visit the Google office in Cambridge, talk with accomplished alumni, and so many other opportunities…They know it’s not about who you were when you came in, but who you will become when you leave,” she said.