Tim McCarthy, Class of 2017, uses the words “camaraderie, dedication, and enjoyable” when describing his experience as a Suffolk University graduate student.

Boston City Councilor Tim McCarthy“I met fellow students who I will remain friends with for a lifetime,” said the Boston City Councilor, District 5. “And I learned that you better be prepared for class or don’t bother showing up. Although the program was challenging, I looked forward to focusing my attention for two hours at a time in each of my courses.”

McCarthy received his master’s in public administration degree from Suffolk’s Sawyer Business School during the May 20 graduate commencement ceremony at The Westin Copley Place in Boston.

“I live in the world of politics; that’s what I do,” he said. “But what I’ve learned through my Suffolk education has really broadened my horizons when listening to other people’s views. I’ve also learned to think more critically and to take my time before making a decision.”

From his first class to his last, McCarthy was impressed with the people at the head of the class.

“All of the professors had the utmost respect for their students, whether they were 22 years old or 47, like me,” he said. “They had incredible backgrounds and loved the fact that everyone was there to learn. They encouraged us to debate on different issues and talk about what we believe in.”

McCarthy pursued his graduate degree with the support of Suffolk’s Martin J. Walsh Scholarship, awarded annually to academically qualified city employees who have demonstrated the potential for advancement and leadership in city government.

He has spent more than 25 five years serving the residents of District 5, representing Hyde Park and Roslindale, helping to improve city services to creating opportunities for youth.

This story was updated following the 2017 commencement to reflect that McCarthy received his MPA degree.