Commencement 2020

Sunday, May 23, 2021, TBA, Boston, MA

These pages are for graduates of the Class of 2020 (January and May 2020).
Members of the Class of 2021 should visit the Commencement 2021 pages.

Ceremony Schedule

Sawyer Business School at 9 a.m.
College of Arts & Sciences at 1:30 p.m.
Law School at 5:30 p.m.

Message from Dean Ann Coyne

Dear Member of the Class of 2020:

I hope you and your families are well. As we begin the new year, I want to update you on plans for your commencement celebration.

We are still planning to have an in-person graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 23, 2021. While the public health conditions are still fluid and will dictate how we will proceed, we are examining ways to hold commencement so that it is a meaningful reminder of your time at Suffolk with your classmates, faculty and staff and complies with state and city mandates.

Senior Portraits

You may still sit for a senior portrait in Sawyer 414 from February 16-18.

You must schedule an appointment at, using school code 500. Please call 1-800-OUR-YEAR or (617-687-9327), Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm if you have questions.

Portraits will be taken in your business attire and cap and gown. Academic attire will be provided.

Reservations are required so you can have access to the Sawyer Building. We have put access controls in place due to COVID-19 so you will need to be cleared in advance. Please arrive 15-minutes before your photo appointment and plan to leave campus immediately following your appointment. No-touch posing and social distancing will be implemented. Photographers and assistants will not make physical contact and will keep 6ft distance from graduates.

All work areas will be cleaned after each sitting and all clothing (studio provided attire) will be steam-cleaned between each subject. All photographers and assistants will be wearing face masks at all times.

We all want to celebrate your graduation milestone with you and look forward to keeping you updated as to our plans via email and the Commencement 2020 website.

Please watch your Suffolk email for future announcements. Please direct any questions to


Ann E. Coyne
Vice President for Student Affairs
& Dean of Students


Share the excitement! Use #SUFFOLK2020 in your Commencement tweets and Instagram Posts.

A Message from the Senior Class Gift Committee

We know that these are challenging times and we will overcome them. We hope you will join our class to continue an important tradition at Suffolk–the Senior Class Gift.

The Class Gift signifies our pride in Suffolk by paying it forward to the generations of Rams who will follow in our footsteps. Our class is raising funds for the Suffolk CARES Emergency Assistance Fund and the Suffolk CARES Pantry to help current students who are facing extreme financial hardship. You can also direct your gift to an area of Suffolk most meaningful to you.

In light of these times, we are asking for a small gift of $5, $10 or $20.20. Make your donation here: