Sunday, May 20, 2018
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston
Law School Ceremony: 5:30 pm
Please plan to be at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on May 20, 2018. Graduates enter through main entrance. Guests are not permitted to enter time specified. Ushers will be available to direct graduates to the student robing area. Please pay special attention the bag safety instructions/restrictions in this booklet.
Each graduate will be handed a 3” X 5” card bearing his/her name typed with the appropriate honors, concentration, and joint degree by a member of the Office of Academic Services staff. Graduates will be directed to the appropriate line up area. This card is also numbered so that each Graduate will be lined up in alphabetical order. Do not make ANY changes or additions to the card. This card must be presented to an Associate Dean upon reaching the stage.
Honors – Students who graduate with honors will be provided with an honor cord representing the honor received.
Summa Cum Laude – Gold
Magna Cum Laude – Silver
Cum Laude – Bronze
BEFORE COMMENCEMENT BEGINS
Keep noise at a minimum in the robing area to facilitate last minute instructions. DO NOT LEAVE ANY PERSONAL ITEMS IN THE ROBING AREA. LEAVE THEM WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS. Please turn off all cell phones.
Graduates will start to march ten (10) feet behind the University Marshall. Go slowly, keep in line and follow directions. File into the seats reserved for the Graduates under the direction of the usher. All Graduates will remain standing until the Chairman of the Board calls the Commencement Exercise to order and gives further direction.
PROCEDURE FOR STANDING WHEN DEGREE IS CALLED
When the candidates for the JD degree are asked to stand by Dean Perlman, please stand together. Under the directions of an usher, proceed to the stage one row at a time and keep a continuous flow to the foot of the stage. You will march to the left front stairs as you face the stage.
PROCEEDING TO STAGE AND RECEIVING DIPLOMA
Upon reaching the stage, hand the card with your typed name to an Associate Dean, who will then read your name and appropriate honors. Proceed to Dean Perlman who will hand your diploma to you. Accept the diploma with your left hand and shake hands with Dean Perlman with your right hand. Proceed across the stage, and down the second set of front stairs and return to your seat.
Guests will be restricted from approaching the stage area to take photos.
Note: A photographer will be taking pictures as each Graduate receives his/her diploma. Keep tassels on the left of the cap so that an unobstructed picture may be taken. (Commencement Photos, 1348 Main St., Tewksbury, MA 01876, 978-851-5924)
RETURNING TO SEAT
After all Graduates are seated, the President will ask all Graduates to stand as a group to be recognized. Then sit as a group.
The University Marshall will come forward and raise the baton to signal the stage party and all Graduates to stand for the Recession. The Graduates will follow the stage party and march out in two lines down the center aisle. Proceed slowly in line.
During the formal Commencement Exercises, each May ‘18 Graduate will receive a congratulatory letter to facilitate an orderly Commencement process and to avoid any damage to the diploma. At the conclusion of the ceremonies, you will return to the robing area and pick up your actual diploma.
CAP AND GOWN RETURNS
Caps and gowns are rental outfits and must be returned at the end of the ceremony. A replacement cost of $450.00 will be assessed to any graduate who does not return the cap/gown/hood to the bookstore.
We are all looking forward to sharing this day with you! Congratulations on a job well done!
All students (JD, LLM, SJD) anticipating graduation must submit an Academic Degree Application:
October 1st for January 2018 graduates
January 1st for May 2018 and September 2018 graduates
Degree Application is located on Campus Cruiser---Graduation
Families attending Suffolk University Commencement exercises have the option to stay on campus at the Nathan R. Miller Residence Hall. Nightly rates are $68 per person for a single room/shared bath and $60 per person for a double room/shared bath.
Continental breakfast, bed linens, a pillow, and bath towels as well as Wi-Fi are included in your nightly rate.
Guests may stay up to three (3) nights (no stay minimum). Rooms are available starting Friday, May 18, through Monday, May 21.
For more information or to make a reservation, please contact the Office of Conferences and Events at 617-305-1749 or email Adam Hoeg.
There are also several hotels in the vicinity of the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion [PDF].
The Law School Commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion located at 290 Northern Avenue, Boston. All seating is general admission. The ceremony is also webcast live and the link to the webcast will be provided at a later date.
Each graduate indicating attendance at the ceremony will be provided with 10 guest invitations/tickets and may also request additional tickets. (complete extra ticket form). The number of extra tickets available is based on the number of graduates attending the ceremony. The request for extra tickets is located on Campus Cruiser --- Graduation tab.
Tickets and invitations will be available for pick up, May 1 through May 11 at the Office of Academic Services.
All graduates attending the ceremony must order Academic Attire on Campus Cruiser --- Graduation tab.
Caps and gowns will be available for pick-up from May 1 through May 11 in the Suffolk Bookstore.
The Hon. Linda Stewart Dalianis, a Suffolk Law alumna who achieved several firsts for women in the judiciary before retiring recently from her position as chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, will speak at the Law School commencement ceremonies. Dalianis will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of her efforts on behalf of justice for the people of New Hampshire and her promotion of opportunities for women in the law.
The Hon. Linda Stewart Dalianis's 45-year legal career has been defined by milestones. She has the distinction of being the first female associate justice and chief justice on the New Hampshire Supreme Court, as well as the first woman to serve as a judge on the state's Superior Court trial bench and to be appointed a marital master. While Dalianis has received much attention over the years for these accomplishments, her response has been to say: "The best thing about 'firsts' is that they give way to the 'familiar,' the point in time when you know you are truly making progress."
Dalianis, a Suffolk Law alumna, recently retired after serving on New Hampshire's high court for 18 years. As the leader of the state's judicial branch, she started the NH e-Court program, which ushered in the era of electronic case filings at all levels of New Hampshire's judicial system, and founded the J-ONE Initiative, a complex and groundbreaking program dedicated to integrating all components of the state's criminal justice system. Her legacy also includes developing alternative dispute resolution services and improving how the court delivers services in family law cases.
Dalianis received the Frank Rowe Kenison Award in 2015 from the NH Bar Foundation for her substantial contributions to the betterment of New Hampshire citizens through the administration of justice, the legal profession and the advancement of legal thought. The NH Women's Bar Association gave her its highest honor in 2017 with the Marilla Ricker Award, which recognizes an outstanding woman lawyer in New Hampshire who has achieved professional excellence, paved the way to success for other women lawyers and advanced opportunities for women in the profession.
Dalianis earned a BA in English from Northeastern University in 1970 and a JD from Suffolk University Law School in 1974. Suffolk University awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to Dalianis in 2001.
Students can request a visa invitation letter online through the Center for International Programs and Services.
After the online form is submitted, a staff member from the Center will be in contact regarding picking up the letter.
Suffolk University will provide reasonable accommodations for Commencement guests with disabilities. Please submit your request by May 11, 2018 so it may be processed in time.
The information you provide on this form will be reviewed by the Office of Disability Services (ODS). ODS will contact you with specific instructions for how your accommodation needs will be met for the graduation Commencement ceremony.
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