The School of Law's commencement will take place in Northeastern's Matthews Arena on Friday, May 25, at 1:00 p.m. Jacqueline A. Berrien, chair of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will deliver the commencement address to the approximately 200 graduates.

Prior to chairing the the EEOC, Berrien served as associate director-counsel the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) for five and a half years. From 2001 to 2004, Berrien was a program officer in the Governance and Civil Society Unit of the Ford Foundation’s Peace and Social Justice Program, where she administered more than $13 million in grants to promote greater political participation by underrepresented groups and remove barriers to civic engagement. During her tenure with the Ford Foundation, Berrien also co-chaired the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, a philanthropic affinity group affiliated with the Council on Foundations. Before joining the Ford Foundation, Berrien practiced civil rights law for more than 15 years. 

Professor James Hackney will deliver the faculty address. The student speeches will be delivered by Timothy Cronin '12 and Deena Sharuk '12.

A reception for graduates, family and friends will follow the ceremony.


Commencement tickets are available in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs (61 Cargill Hall). Members of the class of 2012 may pick up tickets between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Those on co-op may request tickets be mailed by contacting Marilyn Hill ( or Amy Manganelli ( — please provide your full address and we will send you tickets and invitations.

Directions and Parking
Visit the campus map for information about our location, transportation and parking.


We have compiled a list of accommodations for your convenience. Prices are not included since they may change seasonally. If you have questions about this list, please contact the hotels directly.

Boston Marriott Copley Place
110 Huntington Avenue
Tel: 617-236-5800 Price: $$$$

The Colonnade Hotel
120 Huntington Avenue
Tel: 617-424-7000
Price: $$$

Copley Square Hotel
47 Huntington Avenue
Tel: 617-536-9000
Price: $$$
Eliot Hotel
370 Commonwealth Avenue
Tel: 617-267-1607
Price: $$$
Farrington Inn
23 Farrington Street
Tel: 617-787-1860
Price: $$
Hostelling International--Boston (Youth Hostel)
12 Hemenwey Street
Tel: 617-536-9455
Price: $
Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Avenue
Radisson Hotel
200 Stuart Street
Tel: 617-482-1800
Price: $$$