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Undergraduate College Connection 2017

The Undergraduate College will hold commencement exercises on Saturday morning, May 20, 2017 at the Stadium on campus. If you are planning to graduate, please complete the graduation application and return it to the Registrar’s Office as soon as possible.

 - The Undergraduate College will hold commencement exercises on Saturday morning, May 20, 2017 at the Stadium on campus.
 - The Undergraduate College will hold commencement exercises on Saturday morning, May 20, 2017 at the Stadium on campus.


Commencement Participation Policy

All graduating seniors must complete a graduation application, which is available in the Registrar’s Office or on the Registrar’s home page.  Students may participate in commencement exercises prior to completion of degree requirements if they have six or fewer course credits or the twelve-credit semester internship remaining to complete or if upon entering their last semester, they meet the minimum GPA requirement but subsequently fall below that minimum prior to commencement. Students may not participate if both conditions exist at the time of commencement.  Students who have not completed the twelve-credit semester internship by the time of commencement must have the approval of their school dean in order to participate in commencement activities and must register for and complete the internship during the summer or fall semester immediately following commencement.  Students may only participate in one commencement exercise per degree.

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.

Graduation Application

Graduation application form must be filed. The deadline to file is March 13!

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 graduation application is available at the Registrar's Office or the Student Affairs office. 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.  Please check the list of students who have applied to graduate, which can be found on the website in MyEndicott.

Graduation Fee

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.  The graduation fee will be automatically billed to your tuition account at Endicott in the semester and year that you are expected to graduate.  It is not necessary to submit payment with the graduation application, since you will be billed for the fee.   The fee must be paid before you receive your degree.

Commencement Nuts and Bolts

The processional will begin promptly at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017. 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 10:15 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 the Callahan Center following the ceremony. All are invited.

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 Callahan Center, starting on May 1, 2017.

Announcements and Tickets

Each participant in the commencement ceremony will be able to pick-up the following at the Student Affairs Office, located in the Callahan Center, from Monday, May 1, 2017 to Friday, May 19, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


10 Commencement announcements  *Note that these are not tickets

2 color-coded Field Seating tickets (dark blue)

2 additional color-coded Field Seating tickets (light blue)

2 color-coded Bleacher Seating tickets (white) *Note that if held inside the additional tickets (light blue & white) may not be used.


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.

Commencement Rehearsal

Rehearsal will take place in the MacDonald Gymnasium on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm. Attendance is required.

ROTC Ceremony

The ceremony to honor our graduating enrolled members in the ROTC program will be held Friday May 19, 2017 at Misselwood at 10 a.m. This event is by invitation only.

Recognition Day Brunch

A special brunch will be held for graduates, family members, and friends on Friday, May 19, 2017 beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Tickets are $14 per person and must be purchased either at the Student Activities booth or on-line at by Friday, May 12, 2017. Board students may use one allocated meal to attend the brunch. Students' guest meals may not be used.

Baccalaureate Ceremony

Baccalaureate will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Stadium. 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.

Awards Ceremony

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 19, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. in the Stadium. 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 19, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. at the Wax Auditorium. A reception will follow in the Courtyard Café.

International Reception

A reception will be held for graduating international students, study abroad participants, international peer mentors and their families on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Misselwood House.

Endicott Graduation Buffet

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FRIDAY, MAY 19th, 2017


Seafood Chowder
Caesar Salad
Water’s Edge Salad
Rosemary & Honey Balsamic Chicken
Baked Haddock

Beef Brisket
 Potatoes Au Gratin

Lemon Roasted Asparagus
Swiss Chard Ravioli
Seasonal Miniature Dessert Display

Adults $39.00
Senior Citizens (65+) $35.10
Children (4-12) $19.95
Children 3 and under eat free!

Prices do not include a 7% Massachusetts State tax
which will automatically be added to all parties.
Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a food allergy.

CALL 978-867-1955, Monday - Friday (9am - 5pm)

295 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915

Commencement Ceremony

Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:30 a.m..  The event will be held outdoors at Hempstead Stadium. Guest seating will open at 9:00 a.m..  We request that all guests be seated by 10:15 a.m. when the procession begins.  Your six color coded tickets are available for (dark & light blue) for field seating and (white) for additional seating in the bleachers.


Graduates must arrive no later than 9:00 am and gather in the MacDonald Gymnasium, located in the Post Center. Staff will assist in the line-up.  The College requests guests' cooperation in remaining outside the student robing area.     


While we anticipate that the ceremony will be held in the Stadium - rain or shine - in extreme weather conditions, the ceremony may be moved to the Post Center Field House.  Two dark blue tickets will be available for indoor seating. 


Additional guests may watch 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 commencement website. This free audio and video webcasting alternative will allow your extended family and friends to also experience this memorable event. Simply click on the "watch live" link on the Commencement main page.  

Commencement Speaker and Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa

Jonathan W. Blodgett
Commencement Speaker and Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa

Jonathan W. Blodgett Commencement SpeakerEssex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett was re-elected to his fourth term in November, 2014. Since he was first elected in 2002, Mr. Blodgett has been a leader in confronting a range of issues including the heroin and OxyContin epidemic, domestic violence, underage drinking, auto insurance fraud, and gun violence, both through prosecution and partnerships with schools, police, and community leaders.

District Attorney Blodgett has an innovative and effective approach to fighting crime. He instituted an adult drug diversion program and has rolled it out to all district courts in the county. He also expanded juvenile and youth diversion programs throughout the county. He initiated a special Gun Court session in Lynn District Court that has eliminated the backlog in gun cases in Lynn. He partnered with the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts and local police to prosecute auto insurance fraud, which has not only saved rate payers millions of dollars but has made the streets safer. He has provided extensive and valuable support to schools and colleges on the North Shore.  His office has also expanded the use of High-risk Assessment Teams to better protect victims of domestic violence and hold batterers accountable.

He currently sits on the executive committees of the Boards of the National District Attorneys Association and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He is chair of the International Treatment Court Committee of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He has served on the Board of the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance since 2005. He also serves as the DA’s liaison to the state Adult Drug Court Advisory Committee. He was recently named one of America’s top ten animal defenders by the Animal Rights Defense League. He is a graduate of Peabody High School, Princeton University, and Suffolk Law School.

He lives in Peabody with his wife, Judy. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa

Denise L. Bilodeau
Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa

Denise L. Bilodeau Doctor of Humane Letters

After thirty-three years of service to Endicott College, Denise Bilodeau retired in 2014 but continues in her roles as advisor and friend. Ms. Bilodeau came to Endicott in 1981 when, as director of residence life, she was not much older than the students she served.  Her ability to connect with students was recognized, and she was named associate dean and then dean of students, with all student services reporting to her.

Ms. Bilodeau’s leadership and commitment to advance the College is best hallmarked by her student-centered focus. She took leadership roles in Endicott’s transition to a four-year institution and was one of the principal authors of a proposal to the Board of Trustees, which outlined the advantages of opening Endicott to coeducation.  She helped welcome the first group of male students to campus in 1994.

Promoted to vice president for student development and vice president for administration, Ms. Bilodeau later served last as vice president for special projects and College ombudsperson. In that role, she used her deep knowledge of the College, its academic programs, and its many resources to help students navigate difficulties, devise solutions – both academic and personal – and find their way to success.

Academic Honors

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 been 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.

Campus Services

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 fill out the Barrier Free Form by May 15, 2017 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 parking guidelines. There will be ASL interpreters at the ceremony.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Barbara Lucier via email: 



Limited parking will be available for graduates and guests on-campus. The majority of parking will be available at a nearby off site location: North Shore Music Theater at 62 Dunham Road, Beverly (directly off exit 19 on Route 128 North).  There will be a free shuttle service to and from campus.   North Shore Music Theater is just a 10-15 drive away from campus, but please allow at least 30 extra minutes for off-site parking and shuttle service.

Reserved Parking for barrier free guests will be available on-campus through a reservation form on this website. 


The 2017 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.


FROM BOSTON 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).


FROM MAINE 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).

Area Hotels

For overnight accommodations please consider the Wylie Inn at Endicott (15% discount off the current rates to all Endicott college affiliated travelers) or visit our web page for a listing of other area accommodations.


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