Welcome to Commencement 2017! Commencement is an important milestone in your academic career and we look forward to celebrating with you. We are proud of each and every accomplishment of the Class of 2017.
This commencement marks the College’s seventy-seventh Commencement ceremony. We hope that when you read the Commencement Connections, you will schedule your activities so that you can fully participate in all activities. Please be sure to review the schedule and check back frequently for updates and answers to questions. In the Commencement Connections you will find answers to dates, times, locations, programs, tickets, parking, accessibility issues, caps and gowns, rehearsals, and many more items.
We encourage you to participate in Commencement and we look forward to seeing you at the ceremony.
If you are planning to graduate, please complete the graduation application and return it to the Registrar’s Office as soon as possible. In the meantime, save these dates:
All Van Loan School programs (including adult undergraduate, Boston, and Gloucester) will hold commencement exercises on Thursday evening, May 18, 2017 at the Stadium on campus.
- For questions regarding the Van Loan School Commencement (including all adult undergraduate, Boston, and Gloucester programs), please contact Ashley Drinkwater of the Van Loan School at 978-998-7718.
The Undergraduate College will hold commencement exercises on Saturday morning, May 20, 2017 at the Stadium on campus.
- For questions regarding the Undergraduate College Commencement, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 978-232-2206.
Van Loan School
Libby Moore, Class of 1986, is a certified life coach, international speaker, adventurer, and super connection maker who loves helping people reconnect to possibility in their lives and careers. She is a mentor to many, including college students, millennials, and women and girls at the Rikers Island correctional facility.
Prior to this, Libby served as chief of staff to Oprah Winfrey for 11 years, acting as her key liaison. She also worked as a consulting producer with the original team that created the Emmy Award winning, Super Soul Sunday on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Before Oprah, Libby was an executive assistant to Jann Wenner, founder and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine, and a personal assistant to newsman and television personality, Maury Povich.
Early in her career, Libby worked on the North Shore in both radio and print at WFNX Radio, Rykodisc, The Marblehead Reporter, and WNSH Radio.
Jonathan W. Blodgett
Commencement Speaker and Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa
Essex 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.
Denise L. Bilodeau
Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa
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.