On May 17, 2015, nearly 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students joined the ranks of College of Arts & Sciences alumni. Here are some of the highlights:

Governor Charlie Baker (pictured) called Suffolk a "crown jewel" of higher education. Watch his address to the CAS graduates. 

Gov. Baker Speaks at Suffolk Commencement 2015

Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid, talked about the extraordinary power of ordinary people who set their sights on solving what may seem like intractable problems (pictured receiving her honorary degree). Watch her address to the CAS graduates.

Carolyn Mugar speaks at the 2015 Suffolk Commencement

Student speaker Crystal Chandler reminded her class how it had “left a mark on Suffolk, Boston, and beyond. We signed petitions opposing a policy that banned gay and bisexual men from donating blood. We took to the streets to protest Black Lives Matter. And we helped thousands of people through community service and Alternative Spring Break trips.” Watch her speech in the CAS Commencement Ceremony video.

2015 CAS Student Commencement Speaker

Chandler (pictured at podium) graduated with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish. She spent a year at Suffolk’s Madrid campus and was also very active on the Boston campus, including as a resident assistant, diversity peer educator, and a member of the Suffolk Step Team and Black Student Union.

Relive all the excitement from Commencement—check out our Photo Album.