Commencement 2020

Sunday, May 23, 2021, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, 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.

Message from President Kelly

To our graduating students,

On behalf of the entire Suffolk community, I want to offer my sincere congratulations on completing your Suffolk degrees. Your achievements would be impressive under normal circumstances. But those accomplishments are all the more remarkable in the face of a pandemic that has caused both tragedy, distress, and dramatic changes in the way you have had to live and learn. For all that you have accomplished in the face of extreme adversity, we are very proud of you. You have proven beyond measure that you are determined, resilient, and creative in how you approach your work. That will serve you well as you pursue your professional and personal goals, both now and over the course of your lives.

Gathering to celebrate your accomplishments remains one of the University's highest priorities. In March I told you we would postpone rather than cancel Commencement ceremonies. While some universities were shifting to virtual graduations, I have felt that this moment is so important to you, your loved ones, and to this University community that we need to come together and celebrate in person, if at all possible. As much as we wanted to commence on our scheduled date this month, the pandemic made that impossible, and I know that has been so very disappointing. For that reason, we had hoped to schedule a commencement celebration in August. But we expect public health conditions and guidelines will continue to prevent large groups to safely gather, so we have looked further out on the calendar.

While I wish it could be sooner, I am pleased to announce that we have scheduled a Commencement celebration for the class of 2020 to be held on Sunday, May 23, 2021 – just over a year from now—at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion in Boston. Exploration of earlier dates this coming fall made clear that a celebration at that time would be highly unlikely. I am guardedly confident that by May of 2021 public health conditions and guidelines will allow us to bring our graduates and their families safely together to celebrate. We looked to pick a time that gave us the best chance of being able to move forward with celebrations while allowing as many graduates and their families as possible to attend.

The planned Commencement celebration schedule is:

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

We will celebrate the graduating class of 2021 on the following day.

Yours will be a unique celebration, reflecting what has been a distinct experience for the class of 2020. Even as we honor your academic accomplishments, we will mark your return as members of our alumni community. I hope you will save the date for a celebration that we hope will be worth waiting for and one to remember. If you have completed your degree program and other requirements, you are a graduate of this institution as of May 17, 2020. Diplomas are being mailed to graduates now.

Again, please accept my heartiest congratulations on your accomplishments and my wishes for your continued health and safety and that of your loved ones.

Marisa Kelly

Suffolk University
Office of the President
73 Tremont Street, 13th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

For SBS & CAS Graduates

The Sawyer Business School ceremony begins promptly at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 23, 2021. The College of Arts & Sciences ceremony begins promptly at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 23, 2021. 

Other Information

Specific Information related to Commencement Weekend, and to activities occurring at the University.


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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: