Student Statistics for Suffolk University Commencement


BOSTON – Over 1,100 students were awarded degrees at commencement exercises for Suffolk University and Suffolk University Law School on Sunday, May 18, 2003, at the FleetBoston Pavilion. This was the first commencement ceremony ever to be held at the Pavilion.

Law School

The Law School’s graduating class of 428 students was representative of 24 states, Puerto Rico, and 13 foreign countries. Fifty-two percent of the graduates were women. The average age of the Law School graduates was 27. The youngest law graduate was 23, the oldest, 53. Ten students earned their degrees summa cum laude.

This year was the first to see students graduate from the Law School’s Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Global Technology program, which was launched in the fall of 2002. The class was made up of four professional women from Mexico, Sweden, China and Yugoslavia.

Martin Melia, Jr., of Andover, was awarded a JD posthumously, after passing away unexpectedly on April 7, 2003. The Student Bar Association has created a new graduation award in his honor to recognize a graduating student who is in their estimation, “Student of the Year.” Martin was the first recipient of this award.

The winners of the Daniel J. Fern Award were Katerina Callahan for the day division, and Maria A. Trevisan 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 Brian Burke for the day division, and Kyla McSweeney for the evening division.

Lynn M. Zuchowski 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 Munyon. 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 Katerina Callahan.

The Phi Delta Phi Professional Responsibility Award was awarded to Holly J. Kimball.

Kyla McSweeney, of Newton, was awarded a prestigious two-year fellowship through the Equal Justice Works organization (formerly the National Association for Public Interest Law). Beginning in September, McSweeney will be working as a fellow at Greater Boston Legal Services in both the Employment and Welfare Units.

Jessica Massey has been offered a job as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County upon graduation. Jessica is the first in her family to attend college. Jessica was awarded the National Association of Women Lawyers Award.

Delivering the student address was Barbara Carnevale of Revere. She was the Managing Editor for Suffolk Law’s Journal of High Technology Law, and provides legal services to indigent veterans through Shelter Legal Services Foundation of Newton.

Addressing the graduates, as commencement speaker was former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, who also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

College of Arts and Sciences/Sawyer School of Management

A total of 757 students received undergraduate and graduate degrees during the afternoon ceremonies for Suffolk’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Sawyer School of Management. This year’s graduating class represents 14 states and 43 foreign countries. Sixty-one percent of the graduates were women. The average age of the graduates was 27, with the youngest being 20 and the oldest being 62.

This year marked the first graduating class of students who began their undergraduate studies at the Suffolk campus in Dakar, Senegal in West Africa. These nine students were the first to complete the two-year program in business administration in Dakar and to complete their final two years in Boston.

Solange Marie Diallo, of Senegal, a member of the Dakar class, graduated summa cum laude. She was also honored with the highest GPA in the Sawyer School of Management class and was a recipient of the Harold Stone/MAPA Scholarship. Rene Strom Torgersen, of Norway, also a member of the Dakar class, graduated summa cum laude with a GPA of 4.0 and was the winner of the Case Analysis competition, sponsored by the National Association of Black Accountants.

Kim Duca, of Natick, delivered the student address. She is a member of the Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society and has been awarded the Harold Stone/MAPA Scholarship in accounting.

The student marshalls were Phanh Phung, of Malden, for the Sawyer School of Management, and Jacqueline Walsh, of Mashpee, for the College of Arts and Sciences. Phung and Walsh 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 Tim Russert, NBC News Correspondent, and moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Mr. Russert also received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree.


Suffolk University is a private co-educational institution located on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, providing quality education at an affordable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of 7,000 full- and part-time students in its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences, Sawyer School of Management and The New England School of Art and Design.

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