Packet Pick-Up

Before undergraduate and graduate student packet pick-up, you must:

  • Submit a degree application. Students will receive an audit email from the Registrar's office notifying them whether they are clear to graduate upon successful completion of current courses or have outstanding degree requirements. You must be cleared for graduation by the registrar's office in order to pick up your commencement packet.
  • Complete the Student Exit Survey before you arrive at packet pick-up. You must bring your survey confirmation printout with you to packet pick-up.
  • Confirm your tuition account balances have been paid in full on your MySuffolk account.
  • Review your program evaluation status in MySuffolk. It must be either Pending or Complete. If your status is In Progress, you must contact the registrar’s office at 617-557-2010 or by email before your packet pick-up time.
  • Student loan borrowers must complete an exit interview for each type of loan borrowed at the University:

Pick-Up Dates & Times

Thursday and Friday, May 2 and 3
Monday–Thursday, May 6–9
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Please note packet pick-up will NOT be available on Saturday or Sunday, May 4 or 5.


Sawyer Building
Stoll Room 410

Undergraduate Candidates (May 2019 candidates and September 2019 candidates)

You will receive an email during the week of April 22 indicating your assigned packet pick-up time. In order to facilitate a smooth process and avoid long lines, it is important that you come at your assigned time.

Undergraduate Candidates (September 2018 and January 2019 candidates)

You will not be assigned a time and may pick up your packet any time during the hours stated above.

Graduate Candidates

You will not be assigned a time and may pick up your packet any time during the hours stated above.

Please note that this information does not apply to students from the North Campus or the Online MBA and Executive MBA programs. If you are in one of these categories, please contact your program director for specific information on how to pick up your packet and regalia.

All Candidates

If you are unable to pick up your Commencement packet in person, you must arrange for a classmate, relative, or friend to do so for you. You must provide a signed letter that includes your name and ID number authorizing this person to pick up your packet. The letter must be submitted at packet pick-up. We cannot mail Commencement materials.

If your packet was not picked up during scheduled Packet-Pick Up:

  • Undergraduates, contact Student Affairs Office on the 12th Floor, 73 Tremont Street.
  • Graduate students, contact your school's dean of students office.

You must bring the following with you to packet pick-up:

  • a valid photo ID (Suffolk University student ID or driver's license)
  • confirmation (printed or electronic) of exit survey completion
    • Undergraduate Exit Survey
    • Graduate Exit Survey

If you are picking up another student’s Commencement packet, you must present a letter from that student with their name, ID number, and signature authorizing you to do so.

All Commencement packets contain:

  • Invitations and tickets—Invitations are provided as commemorative items and cannot be used for entry. Because there is limited seating at the Dockland Trust Bank Pavilion, students will receive a limited number of tickets each. Students participating in Commencement do not need a ticket to attend. Children under the age of three do not need a ticket. Due to the limited seating capacity, lost tickets cannot be replaced.

    Please take only the number of tickets you will need. In the very unlikely event that additional tickets are available for your ceremony, you will be notified via your Suffolk email account and instructed on the process for requesting and possibly obtaining one extra ticket. Tickets may not be sold. Students who are suspected of selling Commencement tickets will be referred to the Student Conduct System.
  • A lineup card with your name, degree*, and any appropriate honors. Do not lose this card as it provides the number for your place in the processional line. You must bring it with you to your Commencement ceremony, where it will be used to place you in alphabetical/numerical order within your degree group. It will also be presented to the card reader when you arrive on stage to be recognized. Do not make any changes or additions to it. If you have any concerns about the card, speak to a staff member when you pick up your packet.

    *Dual-degree students within the same school must select one degree group with which to walk across the stage. If they have earned degrees from different schools, they may participate in either or both of their schools’ ceremonies.

    Undergraduate/Graduate dual-degree students may attend their undergraduate ceremony when they complete their undergraduate degree requirements, but they will not receive a degree in May. Their degree is awarded when they complete its graduate portion.

Undergraduate packets also contain a letter from the dean of students.

Undergraduate Latin Honors

For the purpose of the Commencement ceremony, Latin honors are based upon students’ cumulative grade point averages at the end of the fall term. Students who have earned Latin honors will also be provided with a colored cord representing the honor received:

Summa Cum Laude–Gold
Magna Cum Laude–Silver
Cum Laude–Bronze

Graduate packets also contain academic hood (regalia) information.