Welcome to Spring Week! Beginning today and running through next Friday, April 30, we are celebrating Suffolk with a broad range of online events. Tonight we have two exciting events taking place — our annual 10 Under 10 Recognition Night, honoring accomplished graduates from the last decade, and Springfest, an opportunity to see the performing arts talents of our students and our employees.

On Monday evening, Devin McCourty from the New England Patriots will engage directly with our community in a free online conversation. On Thursday, April 29, we will launch our annual Suffolk Day of Giving, where members of our community, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends can donate to what they love most at Suffolk. I’m looking forward to connecting with the Suffolk Community on that same day at 4 p.m. through an online conversation sponsored by the Suffolk Summa Society. All of these events, and so many more, are wonderful ways for us to come together as a community, even if virtually, to talk, to listen, to honor, to give, and to just have fun.

Tonight’s events are two of my favorites of the entire year. It is wonderful to see the hidden and not-so-hidden talents of our community members at Springfest. Since I cannot sing, dance, or play an instrument, I am always in awe.

We have so many talented young alumni and the 10 Under 10 annual awards ceremony puts a spotlight on their accomplishments, their career successes, and their positive community impact. My congratulations to all the honorees! You make Suffolk proud.

When I look at the range of events taking place this next week, I am reminded of what a vibrant community we have here at Suffolk, and of the many ways there are to engage, and the incredible array of different initiatives, programs, and opportunities. This vibrancy is underscored by the theme for our Day of Giving this year — Give to What You Love. I hope you will all participate in Suffolk Week, I hope you will learn, listen, honor, have fun, and yes … participate in Day of Giving.


Marisa J. Kelly