Student Statistics and Honorary Degree Recipients for Suffolk University and Law School Commencement

5/31/2005

Law School

The Law School's graduating class of 451 Juris Doctorate degrees and 9 Master of Laws degrees students was representative of 29 states, and 14 foreign countries. Fifty-six percent of the graduates were women. The average age of the Law School graduates was 27. The youngest law graduate was 23, the oldest 58. 10 students earned their degrees Summa cum laude.

The winners of the Daniel J. Fern Award were Dyane Noonan for the day division, and Jonathan Gabriel 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 David Viens for the day division, and Gregory Sieczkiewicz for the evening division.

Sarah Hudson 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 Jonathan H. Gabriel . This award is given annually to the student with the combination of highest grade in the Massachusetts Practice course and the highest cumulative grade point average.

The Amy E. Wells Book Award was awarded to Jonathan H. Gabriel.

The Phi Delta Phi Professional Responsibility Award was awarded to Michelle O'Neill.

Delivering the student address was Catherine Hobbs. She was awarded a juris doctorate degree.

Stephen B. Rosales, Esq. served as University Marshal, representing the 25th anniversary class of 1980.

Addressing the graduates at the Law School commencement exercises was Honorable Joseph R. Biden , senior U.S. senator from Delaware. The following honorees join Senator Biden in receiving honorary degrees from the Law School: Michael S. Greco, a partner with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, LLP and president-elect of the American Bar Association, honorary doctor of laws; Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California, honorary doctor of laws; The Honorable Regina L. Quinlan, associate justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, honorary doctor of laws. The ceremony was held at the Bank of America Pavilion on Boston's waterfront.

College of Arts and Sciences/Sawyer Business School

A total of 1,117 students received undergraduate and graduate degrees during the weekend ceremonies for Suffolk's College of Arts and Sciences and the Sawyer Business School. This year's graduating class represents 24 states and 70 foreign countries. Fifty-seven percent of the graduates were women. The average age of the graduates was 27. The youngest was 20 and the oldest was 70.

Matthew Wilder, a graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences, delivered the student address at the afternoon undergraduate commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 22, 2005. Wilder received a bachelor of science degree. The keynote speaker for ceremony was The Honorable Bill Richardson, governor of New Mexico. Governor Richardson also received an honorary doctor of public administration degree. The following honorees joined Richardson in receiving honorary doctoral degrees: Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, honorary doctor of public administration; Wheelock College President Jackie Jenkins-Scott, honorary doctor of public service; Douglas W. Nelson, president, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, honorary doctor of humanities; and P. Leo Corcoran, partner, John M. Corcoran & Company, honorary doctor of commercial science. Serving as University marshal was Dr. Carl L. Merrill, III, representing the 25th anniversary class of 1980. The ceremony was held at the Bank of America Pavilion.

Irene Cook of North Easton delivered the Sawyer Business School student address for the Sawyer Business School Graduate Programs commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21, 2005. Cook received an executive master of business administration degree. The keynote speaker for the ceremony was James Mullen, president and chief executive officer, Biogen Idec. The ceremony was held at the World Trade Center, Boston.

Kathleen Vander Laan of Hampton, New Hampshire, delivered the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate School student address at the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Program commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21, 2005. The keynote speaker for ceremony was Douglas W. Nelson , president, the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The ceremony was held at the Tremont Temple in Boston.

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