Raiborde (’12) Named NGU’s Young Alumnus of 2019
Tigerville, SC (June 22, 2020) The North Greenville University (NGU) Alumni Association named law professional Suyash Raiborde (’12) Young Alumnus of the Year during the university’s 2019 Homecoming celebration.
Born in Mumbai, India, Raiborde spent most of his childhood in Greenville, SC. He originally heard about NGU from several students and professors he knew personally.
“I chose to enroll after visiting campus and learning more about NGU’s course offerings and competitive financial aid package,” he says.
When he enrolled, Raiborde still felt unsure about his career plans.
“I wanted to have a degree that would be flexible and allow me to pivot into multiple areas in the future,” he remembers.
He decided to major in international business at NGU. As a student, he participated in the Honors Scholar Program and served in the Student Marketing Association.
After graduating from NGU in 2012, Raiborde moved to Atlanta to study at the Emory University School of Law, where he served on the executive board of the Emory International Law Review. After his time at Emory, he returned home to Upstate South Carolina, passed the South Carolina Bar Exam, and began his legal career with one of South Carolina’s legacy law firms. He also served as a mentor with Mentor Upstate.
During his career, Raiborde has represented a wide range of clients, including governmental entities, individuals, and private companies. His experience has allowed him to represent major clients on large-scale real estate, finance, and merger and acquisition transactions, as well as help smaller businesses and individuals in the community with their legal needs.
Now, Raiborde practices law in New York City. His practice focuses on a variety of infrastructure projects, as well as real estate and finance matters. In his current role, his practice primarily involves representing governmental and quasi-governmental entities throughout the country on their infrastructure needs, such as building transit systems, airports, roads/bridges, and other major public developments.
Raiborde says that he enjoys his practice because the projects he works on have a positive impact on communities throughout the country.
When asked why he chose law as a profession, he says, “I closely considered my academic strengths and interests, gained practical experience by working at a law firm for a semester, and evaluated my long-term professional goals.”
He is passionate about serving as a resource to NGU students who are also interested in law-related fields.
“Set achievable professional goals, identify people who can teach and mentor you, and come up with actionable tasks toward that goal” is a motto Raiborde lives by and recommends to current NGU students. He not only continues to be mentored but also invests his own free time in mentoring young people through his church and other organizations.
While he’s happy practicing law in “The Big Apple,” Greenville is still home for Raiborde. He says that he looks forward to the occasional visit back to NGU to enjoy the mountain views from Todd Dining Hall or to order a warm chocolate chip muffin at the Einstein Bros. bagel shop on campus.
Raiborde remains grateful for the opportunity he had to attend NGU and values the relationships with friends and professors that he has enjoyed over the years.
“I fondly think back to moments with several professors that impacted me positively,” he says. “Undoubtedly, all of my NGU professors truly cared about my growth and success.”
To nominate alumni for NGU’s 2020 alumni awards, visit ngu.edu/alumni-awards.