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To the Sawyer Business School Community:


The chilly drizzle didn't dampen the enthusiasm of Commencement 2024, where we awarded 380 undergraduate and 383 graduate degrees. Welcome to our newest alumni!


Our honorary degree speaker was financier and US presidential advisor Robert Wolf, who urged graduates to embrace the idea of 'business with purpose' and apply it to their careers. You can read more about our incredible day below. 


We are very much looking forward to summer here on campus. In July we'll be running our first-ever sports management program for Boston-area high school students. The three-week, for-credit course, titled From Titletown to Sneaker Town, will offer students an immersive look at the professional teams that power our city’s sports world, the many organizations working in this field, and the career paths students can pursue. And in September we will once again host Startup Boston Week 2024, which will bring more than 5,000 entrepreneurs, startup employees, investors, and influencers to campus. We invite you to join us at this free event.


On behalf of all our faculty and staff, I wish you a very pleasant summer!

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Amy Z. Zeng, PhD

Dean, Sawyer Business School

News From the Sawyer Business School

Honorary degree speaker Robert Wolf urged graduates at the Sawyer Business School's 2024 Commencement to "have a willingness to engage in open and honest dialogue."

Looking at the stage from the seats at SBS Commencement 2024

Suffolk students, faculty, staff, and loved ones celebrated Commencement 2024 at Boston's Leader Bank Pavilion. Read more about the incredible day.

These Class of 2024 graduates ran their own companies while attending the Sawyer Business School, plowing what they were learning in class back into their work. Read their stories.

For ten SBS students, a weeklong journey to Rwanda to explore the economics of water yields powerful lessons about how the country has rebuilt itself, 30 years after the genocide. Read about their trip.

Faculty News

AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the organization that accredits business schools, published an article by four members of the Sawyer Business School leadership team that outlines the School's approach to immersive education. "A Blueprint for Meeting Society's Impact Challenge" was co-authored by:


Kevin Sweeney, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Experiential/Immersive Education

Jodi Detjen (pictured), Associate Dean of Innovative Education and Programs

Pelin Bicen, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

Amy Zeng, Dean of the Sawyer Business School


You can also read about the IMMERSE Blueprint in the Spring 2024 Suffolk University Magazine.

At the end of the spring semester, several SBS faculty and staff were recognized for their exemplary efforts in teaching, service, and other categories:


Dean's Faculty Excellence Awards:

Research: Andrew Smith, Marketing

Teaching: George Hom, Business Analytics

Practice: Sonia Alleyne, MPA, '01, Public Service

Service: Kimberley Ring Allen, Marketing

Exemplary: Regina O'Neill, Management

One of the SBS faculty excellence awards

Outstanding Administrator Awards:

Shannon Conley, Undergraduate Programs Office

Gerard Casal, Graduate Programs Office

Jennifer Chua, MSM, '22, Dean's Office



Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Awards:

Robert Cannon, Information Systems & Operations Management

Brian Powers, Management & Entrepreneurship



Three members of the Marketing Department were awarded a two-year grant by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to study the social, health, and educational impacts of sports betting on higher education students in Massachusetts, particularly regarding their exposure to and participation through paid media advertising. Grant recipients are:


Jane Zhu, Professor & Department Chair

Müjde Yuksel, Associate Professor

Andrew Smith, Associate Professor

Retiring Faculty: Peter Rivard & Linda Melconian

Peter Rivard came to Suffolk in 2008 and served as Chair of Healthcare Administration from January 2018 through June 2021.


As chair, he played a major role in the growth of the department and its programs, including accreditation of the MHA Program, development of a new MHA curriculum, and development of the online MHA Program.

Linda Melconian at a Moakley Breakfast

As a senior fellow at the Business School's Moakley Center for Public Management, Linda Melconian taught and developed program opportunities that connected business students with government on campus. 


Before coming to Suffolk, she was elected by her Mass. State Senate peers as the body's first woman Majority Leader.

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