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
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.
Check the list of students who have applied to graduate, which will be posted in the Callahan Center beginning February 26th.
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.
Your attendance is required at a rehearsal on Thursday May 16
at 6:30 in the MacDonald Gymnasium.
COMMENCEMENT DINNER AT THE WYLIE CENTER
The Wylie Conference Center will be offering a Buffet Dinner at Tupper Manor on Thursday evening for an
additional cost to Commencement guests. You do not need to be staying at the Inn to participate. For more
information on cost and to make reservations, please contact Deborah DeGalla at 978-867-1959 Monday ---- Friday
(9:00 am – 5:00 pm).
COMMENCEMENT NUTS & BOLTS
The processional will begin promptly at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, 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 the Callahan Center
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
COMMENCEMENT 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 Callahan Center, from Friday, May 3rd to Thursday, 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 men enrolled in the ROTC program will be held at Misselwood on May 23rd,
2012 at 10:00 am. This event is by invitation only.
RECOGNITION DAY BRUNCH
A special brunch will be held for graduates, family members, and friends on Thursday, May 23
beginning at 10:30
a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Tickets are $13.00 per person and must be purchased either at the
Student Activities Office or on-line at tickets.endicott.edu by Friday, May 17
. Board students may use one allocated
meal to attend the brunch. Students' guest meals may not be used.
Baccalaureate will be held on Thursday, May 23rd at 1:00 p.m. in the Endicott 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 Thursday, 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 Thursday, 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 and their families on Thursday, May 23rd at 5:30 p.m. at
Commencement will take place on Friday, 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
Tuesday, May 21
. 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
broadcast for viewing in the Post Center, The Lodge the Callahan Center, and Endicott Auditorium as well as on any
television that has access to ECTV (channel 73). Additionally, it will be broadcast live on our website. This free
audio and video webcasting alternative will allow your extended family and friends to also experience this memorable
On Friday, May 24th simply click on the "watch live" link on the Commencement main page at:
Colin Angle is the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of iRobot® Corp, and one of the
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An industry pioneer with more than two decades of experience and numerous professional awards, Angle co-founded iRobot in 1990. Before that, he was president of Artificial Creatures Inc and worked at MIT's Artificial Intelligence
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All-Star, one of Fortune Small Business' Best Bosses and New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young
(with iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner). Angle has appeared as an industry expert on CNN, CNBC, Business Week,
CNET, the New York Times and Newsweek. He is a member of the board of directors at Zeo Inc. and InTouch Health,
and is also active on the Robotics & Intelligent Machines (RIM) advisory board.
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 video taping by guests will be
limited to a designated area. Please relay this information to guests. 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
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;
email@example.com by May 15th, 2013 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
All parking lots will be open for graduate and guest parking. Reserved Parking for barrier free guests will be
The 2013 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.
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.
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
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).
Follow Route 89 to Route 93 South to Route 95 North. Follow directions above from Route 128 North (Peabody).
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 LOCAL ACCOMMODATIONS.
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.