Student Statistics for Suffolk University Commencement


Over 1,560 students were awarded degrees at commencement exercises for Suffolk University and Suffolk University Law School on Sunday, May 23, 2004, at the FleetBoston Pavilion.

Law School

The Law School's graduating class of 441 JD and 7 LLM students was representative of 35 states, and 14 foreign countries. Fifty percent of the graduates were women. The average age of the Law School graduates was 27. The youngest law graduate was 23, the oldest 66. Nine students earned their degrees summa cum laude.

The winners of the Daniel J. Fern Award were Miranda Hooker for the day division, and Jaffar Dias for the evening division. This award is given annually to the top student in each division.

The Leo J. Wyman Memorial Fund Award was presented to Justin Adams and Javier Kinney for the day division, and Katherine Lacy-Wilson and MaryLu Mendonca for the evening division.

Erin Patricia McGlinchey was the recipient of the Professor Alexander J. Cella Award, which is given annually to the student demonstrating excellence in, or commitment to, the field of administrative law.

The Judge Harry Kalus Award was given to Jessica Edwards. This award is given annually to the student with the combination of highest grade in the Massachusetts Practice course and the highest cumulative GPA.

The Amy E. Wells Book Award was awarded to Alyson M. Bagley.

The Phi Delta Phi Professional Responsibility Award was awarded to Mary Young.

Delivering the student address was Jared Olanof f of Revere.

Addressing the graduates, as commencement speaker was Robert J. Grey Jr., president-elect of the American Bar Association. Grey also received an honorary doctor of law degree from the Law School.

College of Arts and Sciences/Sawyer School of Management

A total of 1,113 students received undergraduate and graduate degrees during the afternoon ceremonies for Suffolk's College of Arts (CAS) and Sciences and the Sawyer School of Management (SSOM). This year's graduating class represents 21 states and 66 foreign countries. Fifty-nine percent of the graduates were women. The average age of the graduates was 27. The youngest was 19 and the oldest was 66.

Kashish Chopra delivered the student address.

The student marshalls were Rebecca Torre, President of the Graduate Student Association (GSA), Dave Rodrigues, President of the Student Government Association (SGA), Vincent Wisniewski, Jr. (highest GPA in CAS with a 3.99), Navin Lalwani (highest GPA in SSOM with a 3.94), and Matthew Dindio, President of the Senior Class, were chosen as marshalls as their GPA's were the highest for their respective school's graduating class.

The keynote speaker for the afternoon ceremony was The Honorable Mitt Romney, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Governor Romney also received an Honorary Doctor of Public Administration degree.

Suffolk University, located on Boston's historic Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal, is a comprehensive global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at a reasonable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 7,000 full-time and part-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer School of Management.

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