This is the perfect time of the year to say well done, and I want to shout that through this virtual megaphone to more than one part of the Suffolk community.

First I want to say well done and thank you to everyone who made our third annual Day of Giving, which took place last week on May 1, such a success. Thanks to so many members of our community – alumni and employees, friends, and students – we exceeded our goal of 501 donors and raised more than $100,000, with over $10,000 of that going to the Suffolk CARES Student Emergency Assistance Fund and the Law Student Emergency Assistance Fund. The programs provide small grants to help eligible students cope with unexpected expenses caused by crisis situations.

This strong support for the University and our students is fantastic!

I am especially proud that we had more employees participating than in any previous year, with so many sharing their Suffolk pride and encouraging donations through their own social media posts. It is so exciting to see our community coming together in this way as we build a culture of philanthropy.

I also want to say a special thank you to all the members of the Alumni and Annual Giving team who worked hard to make the Day of Giving such a success, and to our alumni lead volunteers who were so crucial to our achievement this year.

As the academic year comes to a close, I also want to say well done, to all our faculty and staff for another year of dedicated work ensuring the transformational learning of our students across all levels and all schools. Your work is so important and impactful.

And finally, I want to say congratulations and well done to all our graduating students. We are so proud of all you have accomplished during your time here at Suffolk. We look forward to celebrating with you during Commencement weekend, and most importantly we look forward to continuing to engage with you as you make your way down your varied life paths.

Congratulations to all!


Marisa J. Kelly