Welcome to the Commencement 2017 page. The Commencement Committee has just begun to meet and will be adding information to this page in January/February. During the spring semester we hope you will check back frequently for updates and answers to questions.
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:
- The Van Loan School will hold commencement exercises on Thursday evening, May 18, 2017 at the Stadium on campus
The Undergraduate College will hold commencement exercises on Saturday morning, May 20, 2017 at the Stadium on campus
We look forward to providing more information soon!
For questions regarding the Undergraduate College Commencement, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 978-232-2206.
For questions regarding the Van Loan School Commencement, please contact the offices of the Van Loan School at 978-998-7754.
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.