• Student Statistics for Suffolk University Commencements

5/22/2006

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BOSTON – Over 1,720 students were awarded degrees from Suffolk University  and Suffolk University Law School at the University's commencement exercises on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday May 21, 2006. Presiding over the ceremonies was Patricia Maguire Meservey, Provost and Academic Vice President, Suffolk University Law School

The Law School 's graduating class of 453 Juris Doctorate degrees and 14 Master of Laws degrees were representative of 30 states, and 17 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 53. The winners of the Daniel J. Fern Award were David Edward Fialkow for the day division and Gabrielle Viator 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 Lindy Lea Aldrich for the day division and Katherine M. Lawson for the evening division.

Edward F. Kammerer, Jr. 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 Michael C. Moran. 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 Matthew Dunn. The Phi Delta Phi Professional Responsibility Award was awarded to Marina Moriarty.

Delivering the student address was Louis D. Porrazzo of Revere. He was awarded a juris doctorate degree.

Harold B. Murphy, Esq. served as University Marshal, representing the 25th anniversary class of 1981.

Addressing the graduates at the Law School commencement exercises was the Former Mayor of New York, Rudolph (Rudy) Giuliani, president and Chief Executive Officer, Giuliani Partners LLC. The following honorees joined Mr. Giuliani in receiving honorary degrees from the Law School: Helaine M. Barnett , President, Legal Services Corporation, honorary doctor of laws; The Honorable William Delahunt , U.S. Representative, Tenth Congressional District, honorary doctor of laws; The Honorable Gustavo A. Gelpi, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of Puerto Rico, 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 1,255 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 30 states and 79 foreign countries. Fifty-nine percent of the graduates were women. The average age of the graduates was 27. The youngest was 17 and the oldest was 62.

Mark Lemarise, a graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences, delivered the student address at the afternoon undergraduate commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21, 2006. Lemarise received a Bachelor of Science degree. The keynote speaker for ceremony was David Gergen, Editor-at-large, U.S. News & World Report. Mr. Gergen also received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. The following honorees joined Gergen in receiving honorary doctoral degrees: Dr. Donald Berwick , M.D., M.P.P., F.R.C.P, president and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, honorary doctor of science; Edward F. DeGraan, Vice Chairman, Global Gillette, honorary doctor of commercial science; Alan Khazei , CEO and co-founder, City Year, honorary doctor of public service; and Linda Whitlock , Nicholas President and CEO , Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, honorary doctor of public service. Serving as University marshal was Maureen Stewart representing the 25th anniversary class of 1981. The ceremony was held at the Bank of America Pavilion.

Maria Ortiz Perez of Somerville delivered the student address for the Sawyer Business School Graduate Programs commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20, 2005. Cook received an executive master of business administration degree. The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Alan Khazei, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, City Year. The ceremony was held at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom, Boston .

Megan Bearer of Brockport, New York, 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 20, 2005. The keynote speaker for ceremony was Dr. Donald Berwick, president and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The ceremony was held at the Boston Park Plaza .

Suffolk University , located on Boston 's historic Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal ( Africa ), 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 that 8,300 full-time and part-time students in its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer Business School.

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