May 16, 2018 at 5:30pm
Sargent Hall, First Floor Function Room

120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108

Doors Open: 5:00pm
Ceremony: 5:30-7:30pm
Networking & light appetizers to follow

1913 Graduation Event/Registration Information

The Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion welcomes all 2017-2018 graduates with marginalized identities to participate in this ceremony!  The 1913 Graduation Celebration is a commencement ceremony acknowledging the contributions of graduating students who hold historically marginalized identites. Some examples of such identities include (but are not limited to): students of color, LGBTQ+ students, international students, students with disabilities, students with marginalized religious, secular, or spiritual identities, and more. To participate, graduates must identify as a member of a historically marginalized identity. Graduates from any school/college in the University from any academic level are welcome to participate.

All 1913 Graduates receive stoles that they may wear at all SU graduation ceremonies.
There is a $10 cost associated with participating. 

Registration for this year's 1913 Graduation Celebration is currently open. 

Graduates, click here to register for the 1913 Graduation Celebration!

Participant Registration Deadline:  April 18, 2018 by 5pm

Stole Payment Deadline: April 18, 2018 by 5pm
There will be a $10 non-refundable fee for all stoles.

Students can stop by the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion in Sawyer 828 to submit payment between 9am and 5pm Monday - Friday.
We are currently only able to accept stole payments in Cash.


This event is open to all Suffolk community members including: alumni, faculty, staff, current students in addition to the family and friends of those being recognized. We ask that guests are limited to 5 per graduate. If you would like to bring additional guests, please contact the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion.


Please note that the event is wheelchair accessible. Other accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by Wednesday, April 18, 2018, to

A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests made after April 18th.

1913 Graduation History

The 1913 Graduation Celebration was established to celebrate graduates with marginalized identities and to commemorate the graduation of the first student of color from Suffolk, Thaddeus Alexander Kitchener, from Kingston, Jamaica. Since 1913, countless students from various marginalized backgrounds and identities have graduated from Suffolk.

For more information on Kitchener and other historic Suffolk firsts, browse the collection at our university archives.