Video DescriptionFor Endicott College, 2021 was a year filled with defining moments. From celebrating the return of treasured Endicott traditions to fortifying our commitment to community—on our shores and beyond—we again watched our campus flourish with bold ideas, exciting creative endeavors, and, of course, change. Enjoy this look back at all the Endicott community accomplished in 2021.
At Endicott College, 2021 was a year filled with defining moments
as we emerged from the pandemic
we again watched our campus flourish with bold ideas, exciting creative endeavors,
innovative collaboration, and of course change. Join me as we reflect and look back on an extraordinary
year at Endicott College where we celebrated the return of treasured Endicott traditions.
This year students resumed in-person classes and delighted once again in life on campus, where learning and
living eating and socializing and even playing sports was as close to normal as
possible. We also honored the Class of 2021 with an in-person joy-filled Commencement ceremony.
Meanwhile, our inaugural Scholarship Gala, celebrated virtually, raised funds to support
first-generation and multicultural students through our Inspire scholarship.
And love reigned supreme with 49 weddings held at the historic Misselwood estate
and the sound of vintage engines signaled the return of the Concourse de Elegance.
We also fortified our commitment to community on our shores and beyond. We opened our first
living-learning community and watched as our endowment reached $130 million, ensuring
equitable access and affordability to current and future students. During September's convocation
we welcomed the Class of 2025, the second-largest class in Endicott history. At Convocation
we celebrated another milestone, alumna Melissa Hempstead, Chair of Endicott's Board of Trustees,
made a $6 million commitment to enhance student life academic enrichment and name the
new Hempstead Commons. As a significant step in the effort to promote all-around self-care at Endicott
we created the Wellness Center, bringing together the Health and Counseling centers
into a new entity focused on holistic student health. And we gave back to communities near, far,
and everywhere in between. We resumed the task of making the Nest the best it can be.
We launched a bold new strategic plan—Sail Beyond the Shore—to further illuminate the power of place,
our innovative and diverse culture, and our commitment to transformational learning. We welcomed
new faculty and staff, made strategic changes, and added new faces to the executive leadership team.
To better serve our students, this year also saw a realignment of our academic schools and
programs. The Hospitality Management program was positioned within the Gerrish School of Business,
opening up cross-educational opportunities for our Hospitality and Business students.
The School of Arts & Sciences was redesigned into two entities—the School of Social Sciences,
Communication, & Humanities and the School of Science & Technology—each will allow students
to more freely explore opportunities related to their major. Performances and exhibitions returned
to our School of Visual & Performing Arts, most recently with the Main Stage Theater production
of Noises Off. The Endicott Center for Teaching and Learning was launched to lead faculty development
and support student success. And thanks to a historic $20 million partnership with
Cummings Foundation, we broke ground on the new Cummings School of Nursing & Health Sciences
which will also house the School of Sports Science. We studied hard, but
we had a lot of fun along the way too. We created art and welcomed art exhibitions
back to our campus. We made honey and furthered the conversation on sustainability at Endicott.
We danced and celebrated diversity. We reconnected with friends and faculty
resulting in both personal and academic growth. We made time for ourselves to maintain mental health,
but still carved out moments to create lasting memories. And this year we became champions!
At Endicott College, 2021 was a year that will never be forgotten.
On our shores we met adversity with determination, perseverance, and resiliency
and we did it together because we're stronger together. We are Gulls and we always rise above.
Here's to 2021. And here's to what comes next at the Nest. Happy holidays from Endicott College.