Commencement Connection 2014
COMMENCEMENT PARTICIPATION POLICY
A student may participate in Commencement Exercises if the student has earned the correct number of credits required, has earned a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) for their degree and has completed all degree and major requirements; or prior to completion if they are 15 or less credits short of their degree requirements or if upon entering their last semester they meet the minimum GPA requirement and subsequently fall below in their last semester. Students may not participate if both conditions exist at the time of Commencement. All financial obligations to the College must be met. Students may only participate in one Commencement Exercise per degree.
For Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies students:
Graduate students may apply and participate with 6 credits remaining.
GRADUATION APPLICATION FORM MUST BE FILED. THE DEADLINE TO FILE IS MARCH 15!
Please ensure that you have completed a Graduation Application, if you will be completing your degree this May or plan to participate in Commencement exercises. The application is available at the Registrar's Office or on line at http://www.endicott.edu/registrar. The application must be completed whether or not you participate. It is necessary that we know whether or not you will be participating in the ceremony to ensure appropriate seating and prepare your diploma.
For undergraduate students
Check the list of students who have applied to graduate, which will be posted in the Wax Student Center beginning February 26th.
For Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies students
Check the list of students who have applied to graduate, which will be posted in the Lobby of the Van Loan Building, beginning February 26th.
If you are not on the list and have filed a Graduation Application please contact the Registrar's Office, located in College Hall, immediately.
The Graduation Fee covers a variety of items associated with commencement, including a degree audit, preparation of diploma, cap, gown, hood, award ceremony, and baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies.
COMMENCEMENT NUTS & BOLTS
The processional will begin promptly at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 24th. Graduates must arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. and gather in the MacDonald Gymnasium, located in the Post Center. EC Staff will be on hand to assist in the line-up. We ask that you please cooperate with the staff. The College requests guests' cooperation in remaining outside the student robing area. At 10:00 a.m., all robing and procession areas must be cleared of guests. We encourage family and friends to make arrangements for pre-Commencement photos elsewhere. The processional will begin at the Gymnasium promptly at 10:15 a.m. When it is time for you to receive your diploma, you will be called to the platform in alphabetical order by level of degree. For this reason, it is imperative that you attend rehearsal, remain in the correct order, and follow seating assignments in the appropriate rows. President Wylie will host a Commencement Reception for graduates, guests, and faculty at TBA following the ceremony. All are invited. In the event that the Ceremony is held inside, the robing will occur in the Post Center Field House. All other instructions apply.
Commencement Rehearsal will take place on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the MacDonald Gymnasium. Attendance is required.
CAPS AND GOWNS
Participation in the Commencement Ceremony requires that a cap, gown, and hood be worn. The cost of these items is included in your Graduation Fee. You may pick up your cap, gown, and hood in the College Bookstore, located in the Wax Academic Center, starting on May 1st between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The gowns are fitted by height when you pick your gown up
For Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies
We will ship your cap and gown with request made via email to email@example.com prior to May 1st. We CANNOT accept any shipping request after MAY 1st.
Include the following in your email:
• Subject line should read Please ship my graduation order:
• Approx weight:
• Shipping address: (no P.O. boxes)
ANNOUNCEMENTS & TICKETS
Each senior participating in the commencement ceremony will be able to pick-up the following at the Student Affairs Office, located in the Wax Student Center, from Friday, May 2nd to Friday, May 23 from 9:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m.
- 10 Commencement announcements
*Note that these are not tickets
- 2 color-coded Field Seating tickets
- 2 additional color-coded Field Seating tickets
*Note that if held inside the additional tickets may not be used.
- 3 color-coded Bleacher Seating tickets
You must present your Endicott College ID to pick-up your packets. You are not allowed to pick-up any other students’ packets. The announcements are for you to use as you choose. Others may attend the Commencement ceremony, but will not have entry to the Stadium or Bleachers.
The ceremony to honor our graduating enrolled members in the ROTC program will be held at Misselwood Lawn at 10 am. This event is by invitation only.
RECOGNITION DAY BRUNCH
A special brunch will be held for graduates, family members, and friends on Friday, May 23 rd beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Tickets are TBA per person and must be purchased either at the Student Activities Office or on-line at tickets.endicott.edu by Friday, May 17 th . Board students may use one allocated meal to attend the brunch. Students' guest meals may not be used.
Baccalaureate will be held on Friday, May 23rd at 1:00 p.m. in the Wax Auditorium. This event affords each graduate a time to reflect on their accomplishments and their future. Graduates will attend the Ceremony wearing commencement robes and hoods (no caps). Graduates may be seated with family members and friends.
The Awards Ceremony is the formal recognition of graduating students in areas of academic achievement and engagement. Several awards will be presented to graduating students at the Ceremony on Friday, May 23rd at 2:30 p.m. in the Endicott Auditorium. Family members and friends are encouraged to attend.
NURSE PINNING CEREMONY
Nursing graduates will receive their nursing pins in a special ceremony on Friday, May 23rd at 4:30 p.m. at Misselwood Tent. Family members and friends are encouraged to attend. A reception will follow.
A reception will be held for graduating international students, study abroad participants, international peer mentors
and their families on Friday, May 23rd at 5:30 p.m. at Misselwood.
FRIDAY BEFORE GRADUATION BUFFET DINNER AT THE WYLIE CENTER
The Wylie Conference Center will be offering a Buffet Dinner at Tupper Manor on Friday evening for an additional cost to students and their families. You do not need to be staying at the Inn to participate. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Jennifer Hansen at 978-867-1958. Download More Information
Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 24th at 10:30 a.m. at the Stadium. In extreme weather conditions Commencement Ceremonies may be held in the MacDonald Gymnasium. Notification of such will be made on May 21 st . You can expect the ceremony to last approximately 2 ½ hours. Seating areas for guests will open at 9:00 a.m. We request that all guests be seated by 10:15 a.m. when the procession begins. The Ceremony will be simulcast live and may be seen in the Endicott Auditorium in the Wax Center. The simulcast can also be viewed in high definition on ECTV Channel 73.1, as well as the Endicott College website. This free audio and video webcasting alternative will allow your extended family and friends to also experience this memorable event.
On Saturday, May 24th simply click on the "watch live" link on the Commencement main page at: www.endicott.edu/commencement.
Anne Mosle is the 2014 Endicott commencement speaker and recipient of an honorary doctorate. She is a vice president at the Aspen Institute and executive director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute. She is a leading thinker, advocate, and voice in building pathways to opportunity for low income families and women. With 20 years’ experience in policy and philanthropy, Anne has been recognized as Washingtonian of the Year, Ms. Magazine Woman to Watch, and as a Visionary Philanthropist.
In her current role at the Aspen Institute, she directs Ascend, the national hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move vulnerable families towards educational success and economic security. Ascend has been a national leader in catalyzing a two-generation approach to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Prior to the Aspen Institute, Anne served as a vice president and officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, as the president of the Washington Area Women's Foundation, and as a senior vice president at the Center for Policy Alternatives. She has organized major summits at The White House and 10 Downing Street.. Anne holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Richmond and has completed graduate coursework at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
HONORARY DOCTORATE RECIPIENT
Martha C. Farmer, PhD is the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the 2014 Endicott commencement ceremony. She is the President, CEO, and Co-founder of North Shore InnoVentures (NSIV), a non-profit business incubator for life sciences and cleantech start-ups in Beverly, MA. NSIV helps nurture innovative early-stage companies by connecting them with assets such as shared physical resources, sponsor services, and experienced entrepreneurs and investment advisers.
Prior to founding NSIV Martha had a consulting practice in medical ethics and drug development. She serves on the Institutional Review Board and the Ethics Committee of Northeast Hospital Systems. She also serves on the Board of Advisors of Endicott College, the Board of Trustees of the North Shore Community College, and on the Boards of Directors of the North Shore Technology Council and the Life Sciences Consortium of the North Shore.
Formerly with Baxter Healthcare’s Hemoglobin Therapeutics Division, she transitioned from managing the research laboratory to directing product development, communications and business development. Subsequently she consulted in clinical trial planning and analysis for two small public companies in the hemoglobin therapeutics field, Hemosol and Biopure. She co-founded the radiopharmaceutical start-up, BetaGamma LLC, serving as Vice President of Marketing. She also served as bioethics adviser to StemCore, a stem cell research review startup.
Dr. Farmer obtained a B.S. in zoology and a Ph.D. in physiology and pharmacology from Duke University. She did postdoctoral training in biophysics at Johns Hopkins University and was a fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard University. She is an author on more than 30 publications and three patents.
The following designations of academic distinction are placed on the degrees of graduates who have earned superior records of academic achievement at Endicott: Summa Cum Laude: a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 – 4.0; Magna Cum Laude: a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 – 3.89; Cum Laude: a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 – 3.69.
During the Commencement ceremony, access to the stage area for picture taking or videotaping by guests will be limited to a designated area. Essex Commencement Photos will take student picture as diplomas are received. The photographer will be contacting graduates in writing with specifics on ordering photographs along with the cost.
STOLE OF GRATITUDE
The Endicott College Stole of Gratitude offers a symbol of thanks. Worn during the Commencement Ceremony, the Stole carries the best wishes and sincere appreciation of the graduate. Following the ceremony, the graduate presents the Stole to someone who provided extraordinary help or support. Recipients include parents, relatives, or mentors – anyone who may have helped with wisdom, encouragement, or financial assistance. More than one Stole may be worn during Commencement, symbolizing that there are many people in the graduate's life deserving of such a gift. The Stoles are available in the Bookstore for $19.95 each.
President Wylie and Vice President Rossi-Le will hand out degrees for undergraduate students provided all College requirements have met.
Only guests with tickets will be seated. Due to the high number of family and friends that will be attending the ceremony, seating will be based on a first come, first served basis. Standing room with a good view of the platform will be at a minimum. Please keep in mind that guests will NOT be permitted to stand in any of the walkways for safety reasons.
Rest room facilities are available in the Stadium Support building and the Post Center. Portable facilities are also conveniently located. Dining facilities will not be available although there will be a reception for graduates and families at the Callahan Center immediately following Commencement.
GUESTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
All guests with mobility issues must contact Adam Dube in Student Activities at 978-232-2119 or by E-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15th, 2014 to make appropriate arrangements. Both field and bleacher seating are accessible for ticket holders. If guests must be accompanied, it must be with a ticket holder. Areas for persons with disabilities parking will be available for guests who have notified us according to the guidelines above. Guests with hearing impairments requiring a sign interpreter must notify the College by April 20th to ensure appropriate services.
All parking lots will be open for graduate and guest parking. Reserved Parking for barrier free guests will be available.
The 2014 Mingotide, the Endicott College yearbook, will include a section on Commencement. Yearbooks will be mailed to graduates at their home addresses sometime early spring.
MAIL FORWARDING AND E-MAIL
Seniors need to obtain a "Mail Forwarding" form from the Endicott Mail Center in the Callahan Center. Once the form is returned to the Mail Center, all first class mail will be forwarded for 60 days. The Alumni Office will be collecting your non-Endicott e-mail addresses.
TRAVEL ROUTES TO BEVERLY
Traffic into the Beverly area may be heavy as early as 8:30 a.m. on the day of Commencement. Delays may be encountered, so please plan accordingly.
FROM ROUTE 128 HEADING NORTH
Take exit 17 (Grapevine Road, Beverly Farms). Turn right off the exit ramp and right again after 1½ miles onto Haskell Street (by the cemetery). Proceed to the end; at stop sign, turn right onto Hale Street, Route 127 to Endicott College. The main entrance is the second entrance on the right.
FROM ROUTE 128 HEADING SOUTH
Take exit 17 (Grapevine Road, Beverly Farms). Turn left off the exit ramp and follow directions above.
Follow either Route I-93 North or Route 1 North to Route 128 North. Follow directions above from Route 128 North (Peabody).
FROM I84, HARTFORD, NYC, I90,OR ALBANY
Take the Mass Pike to exit 14, Weston. Follow I-95 North to Route 128 North. Follow directions above from Route 128 North (Peabody).
Follow Route 95 South to Route 62 East to Route 128 North toward Gloucester, then follow the directions above from Route 128 North (Peabody).
FROM VERMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Follow Route 89 to Route 93 South to Route 95 North. Follow directions above from Route 128 North (Peabody).
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The content of this document is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change from time to time as deemed appropriate by the College in order to fulfill its role and mission or to accommodate circumstances beyond its control. Please check the Endicott web page at endicott.edu for any updated information.