A message from President Kelly
March 23, 2021
Dear Members of the Suffolk Community,
I write today to update you on exciting plans for Commencement, where, if public health conditions allow, we will celebrate both the Class of 2021 as well as the graduated Class of 2020 over two days in May at one of Boston’s most iconic outdoor venues.
With current public health guidance in mind and pending city approval, we have made plans for Boston’s historic Fenway Park to host Commencement ceremonies for the Sawyer Business School, the College of Arts & Sciences, and Suffolk Law. The Class of 2021 will commence in three ceremonies on Saturday, May 22, and the Class of 2020’s ceremonies will be held the following day, Sunday, May 23.
Fenway Park is one of Boston’s most iconic symbols, not only for those who live here, but also for people across the nation and around the globe. Suffolk is the quintessential downtown Boston university, and like Fenway, we are of Boston, but our reach extends far beyond it. I can think of no better venue to celebrate our place in the city, and our students’ accomplishments in the face of adversity, than in this wonderful Boston landmark.
It also happens to be a large, outdoor space that, under current public health requirements, can safely accommodate students and some guests at a safe distance. We are pleased to let you know that, under current occupancy guidelines, each graduate will be allotted three tickets for their guests to attend their ceremony. This meets our highest priority of keeping people safe, even as we deliver on our commitments to our students.
In the face of a pandemic that has taken a very heavy toll, Suffolk students have managed to persevere and pursue their educational and personal goals. Perhaps more than ever, our 2020 and 2021 graduates deserve the opportunity to walk across that stage and reflect back on what they have accomplished and where they are going from here. I very much look forward to celebrating both the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020.