Endicott Commencement 2013
When and where is graduation?
Commencement Exercises will be held Friday, May 24th, 2013 at 10:30 am. at the Stadium. The ceremony will be held outside, so
please monitor the weather forecasts and dress appropriately. In the event of inclement weather the Ceremony will be held in the
MacDonald Gymnasium at the Post Center. Please note if held inside limited seating is available.
How many guests per graduate can attend the ceremony?
Each student will be issued:
- Two color coded Field Seating tickets (if held inside these are the only tickets valid). Two additional Field Seating tickets if
held outside and three Bleacher Seating tickets and 10 Commencement Announcements. Please note the 10 Commencement
Announcements do not constitute tickets to graduation.
- Others may watch the exercises at the following locations: Post Center, Lodge, Endicott Auditorium or any television with
access to ECTV Channel 73 or our HD channel 73.1.
Additionally, Commencement will be broadcast live. This free audio and video webcasting alternative will allow family and
friends to experience this memorable event. On Friday May 24th, 2013 simply click the "watch live" link on the
Commencement main page at: www.endicott.edu/commencement.
What photographic and video opportunities are available?
Each graduate will be photographed by Essex Commencement Photographers as they receive their diploma. The Company will
contact graduates' families at their home address with package options. Guests on the field will be allowed to utilize the designated
photography area only. All other areas on the field must remain clear. Guests in the bleachers must take photos outside the fenced
What time should I arrive?
Seating for commencement begins at 9:00 am. All guests are strongly encouraged to be seated before 10:15 am when the processional
What are the accommodations for persons with disabilities?
All guests with mobility issues must contact Adam Dube at 978-232-2119 or by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org by May 13th, 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. Barrier free 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 19th to ensure appropriate services.
Where will I park?
Parking will be at a premium. Campus Safety and the Beverly Police will be on campus to direct traffic and parking. Vans will be
available to assist guests from parking lots to the Stadium. There is limited barrier free parking available.
How long is the ceremony?
We anticipate the ceremony will take approximately 2 and ½ hours. All guests are asked to remain seated during the processional and
Who is the commencement speaker?
Colin Angle is the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of iRobot® Corp, and one of the world's leading authorities on mobile robots.
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 Laboratory. He has been named
CEO of the Year by the Mass Technology Leadership Council, a Mass High Tech 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.
Is there any event after graduation?
The College hosts a reception for graduates and their guests . The location will be announced at a later date.
What time must I check out of the residence halls?
All residents must be out of College housing by 5:00pm on May 24th, 2013.
Where is more information available?
The College will be mailing information to students and families. In addition, information on graduation will be available on the
College's web site www.endicott.edu. Please check back periodically as any changes will be posted.
Stole of Gratitude
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 (need to check price) each.
Endicott graduated its first class, a group of just 20 students, in 1941. Today, there are more than 2,350 undergraduate students, on the Beverly campus, and more than 2,600 students are enrolled in degree programs in Beverly and at our international campuses through Endicott's Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies. In the fall of 1994, the College welcomed its first co-educational class. But a growing student body hasn't been the only change at Endicott over the years. Our curriculum has changed to reflect the needs of the 21st century, taking into account developments in technology, world trade, and heightened professional competition.
Approved 1988, conferred first degrees in 1990.
Approved 1996, first conferred first degrees in 1998.
Approved 1990, first conferred in 1991.
Approved December 2011, anticipated first graduation in 2016.
The Endicott Seal
The escutcheon is a shield of protection from adverse forces. It is within a double circle that contains the name of the College. The circles symbolize unity and commonality. Within the field are three symbols. The sailing vessel is a symbol of the worldliness of the College, having its roots in the historic founding of our nation. The quill and book signify knowledge and the transmittal of knowledge throughout the world. The map signifies that Endicott welcomes its students from all corners of the globe. The English design of College Hall signifies stability and the foundation upon which the College was built. The founding year of the College, 1939, is displayed. On top of the Escutcheon is a lion signifying the leader in life. Around the perimeter of the shield is a series of lines that symbolize a badge of honor.
The origins of academic dress date back to the 12th and 13th centuries, when universities were taking form. The ordinary dress of the scholar, whether student or teacher, was the dress of a cleric. With few exceptions, the medieval scholar had taken at least minor orders and made certain vows. In the days of Henry VIII of England, Oxford and Cambridge first began prescribing a definite academic dress and made it a matter of university control even to the extent of its minor details.
The gown for the bachelor's degree has squared sleeves. It is designed to be worn closed. The gown for the master's degree has an oblong sleeve, open at the wrist, like the others. The sleeve base hangs down in the traditional manner. The rear part of its oblong shape is square cut, and the front part has an arc cut away. The gown for the doctor's degree has bell-shaped sleeves. Gowns for bachelor's or master's degrees are untrimmed. For the doctor's degree, the gown is faced down the front with velvet; three bars of velvet are used across the sleeves. These facings and crossbars may be of velvet of the color distinctive of the disciplines to which the degree pertains, thus agreeing in color with the binding or edging of the hood appropriate to the particular doctor's degree in every instance.
The length of the hood worn for the bachelor's degree must be three feet, for the master's degree three and one-half feet, and for the doctor's degree, four feet. The hood worn for the doctor's degree only shall have panels at the sides. The hoods are lined with the official colors of the college or university conferring the degree; more than one color is shown by division of the field color in a variety of ways. The binding or edging of the hood is to be velvet or velveteen, two inches, three inches and five inches wide for the bachelor's, master's and doctor's degrees, respectively; the color should be indicative of the subject to which the degree pertains.
Black mortarboards are generally recommended with a long tassel to be fastened to the middle point of the top of the cap only and to lie as it will thereon. The tassel should be black or the color appropriate to the subject, with the exception of the doctor's cap that may have a tassel of gold.
Colors associated with the different disciplines are as follows:
*Adapted in part from "American Universities and Colleges", 15th Edition, American Council on Education, 1997.