Next week we will be holding Suffolk Weekend — celebrating our alumni, engaging families of our current students, and speaking to potential members of next fall’s first-year class. Alumni Weekend, Family Weekend, and the first of our Admissions Open Houses are all happening at the same time, from Thursday, Oct. 13, through Sunday, Oct.16. What an exceptional opportunity!

Yes, opportunity. This is not just any gathering, but a chance to show all of these critical groups the best of Suffolk. Of course that includes our outstanding academic programs across all three schools. It includes our arts programs and athletics programs. It includes celebrating the achievements of our alumni. But perhaps most importantly, it is an opportunity for people to see what underscores all of this – the commitment of our faculty and staff to our students, the enthusiasm our students have for all that is happening on campus, and the commitment of our alumni to supporting an institution that has been an important part of their life paths.

In other words, this is an opportunity for us to come together as a campus community and brag!  I think we should do a lot more of that because we have so many great things to trumpet.

I am so proud to come to work each day, knowing how we are positively impacting our students and how we have made a difference in the lives of so many who came before them. I know that you are committed to our students, our alumni, and this institution, and ultimately that you are proud of what you do and what we do together. There are many ways to tell our story and to share it with the world. One way is to participate in Suffolk Weekend.

There also is another very important reason to participate in Suffolk Weekend: It is a whole lot of fun. Come to the Fall Fest variety show, a hit on campus for more than 40 years. Come to the barbeque and soccer game at our East Boston Athletic fields, attend a discussion of Election 16, or join us with your family at the Boston Children’s Museum on Saturday night. A full schedule of activities is online. Take a look. There is something for everyone.

We all need to be part of telling the Suffolk story. If you cannot make it, please take a moment and post an anecdote about what makes you proud to be part of the Suffolk community. I would love to draw on your stories as I engage with families, alumni, and prospective students throughout Suffolk Weekend.

I hope to see you there, and maybe we can do a little bragging together.


Marisa J. Kelly
Acting President