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Undergraduate College Commencement Connection 2018


Information for all graduating students

  • Commencement Ceremony

    Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held outdoors at the Hempstead Stadium. Guest seating will open at 9 a.m. We request that all guests be seated by 10:15 a.m., when the procession begins. Six color-coded tickets for the outdoor ceremony allow seating as follows: two dark blue and two light blue tickets for field seating, two white tickets for seating in the bleachers.

    Graduates must arrive no later than 9 a.m. and gather in the MacDonald Gymnasium, located in the Post Center. Endicott staff will direct the lineup. The College requests guests' cooperation in remaining outside the student robing area. We encourage family and friends to make arrangements for pre-Commencement photos elsewhere.

    While we anticipate that the ceremony will be held at the stadium - rain or shine - in extreme weather conditions, the ceremony may be moved to the Post Center Field House. Two dark blue tickets will allow indoor seating.

    Additional guests may watch the ceremony simulcast live in the Endicott Auditorium in the Wax Center and at other locations on campus. The simulcast may also be viewed in high definition on ECTV Channel 73.1, as well as the Endicott College Commencement web page. This free audio and video webcasting alternative will allow your extended family and friends to experience this memorable event. Simply click on the "watch live" link on the Commencement main page.

  • Commencement Participation Policy

    All graduating seniors must complete and submit a Graduation Application no later than March 15! All financial obligations to the College must be met in order to participate in Commencement. The Graduation application is also available in hard copy in the Registrar's Office or the Student Affairs office. The application must be completed whether you plan to participate or not. It is necessary that we know your plans to ensure appropriate seating and prepare your diploma. You may also participate in Commencement exercises prior to completion of degree requirements if you have no more than six credits (two courses) left to complete your degree, or have only your 12 credit internship left to complete, and meet the minimum GPA requirement.

    You may only participate in one Commencement exercise per degree.

  • Graduation Fee

    The graduation fee, which is included in your semester fees, covers a variety of items associated with Commencement, including a degree audit, preparation of diploma, cap, gown, hood, award ceremony, baccalaureate ceremony, and commencement ceremonies.

  • Announcements and Ceremony Tickets

    Each participant in the Commencement ceremony will be able to pick up the following items at the Student Affairs Office, located in the Callahan Center, from May 1 to May 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

    • 10 Commencement announcements (note these are not tickets)

    • 2 field seating tickets (dark blue)

    • 2 additional field seating tickets (light blue)*

    • 2 bleacher seating tickets (white)*
      *Note: If the ceremony must be moved indoors because of weather conditions, seating in the Field House cannot be guaranteed for holders of light blue or white 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 only ticket holders will gain entry to the Stadium.

  • 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 1, 2018.

  • Academic Honors

    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.

  • Photographs

    During the Commencement ceremony, access to the stage area for picture taking or videotaping by guests will be limited to a designated area. Essex Commencement Photos will take student pictures as diplomas are received. The photographer will contact graduates in writing with specifics on ordering photographs along with the cost.

  • Stole of Gratitude

    The Endicott Stole of Gratitude is a College tradition and a symbol of thanks. Worn during the Commencement ceremony, the stole carries the sincere appreciation by the graduate for someone who provided extraordinary help or support. Following the ceremony, the graduate presents the stole. 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 Endicott Bookstore for $19.95 each.

  • Commencement Guest Information

    Tickets: Only guests with tickets will be seated. Due to the high number of family and friends who 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 safety reasons.

    Guests with Mobility Concerns: All guests with mobility concerns must fill out the Barrier-Free Form by May 10, 2018 to make appropriate arrangements. Specified barrier-free parking will be available for guests who have notified us according to the parking guidelines. Both field and bleacher seating are accessible for ticket holders. If guests must be accompanied, it must be with a ticket holder. There will be ASL interpreters at the ceremony. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Barbara Lucier via email at

    Campus Facilities: Restroom facilities are available in the Stadium Support building and the Post Center. Portable facilities are also conveniently located inside the stadium gates. Dining facilities will not be available during the ceremony, although a reception for graduates and families will be held at the Callahan Center immediately following Commencement.

    Accommodations: For overnight accommodations please consider the Wylie Inn at Endicott (15% discount off the current rates to all Endicott College-affiliated travelers). Contact or visit our web page for a listing of other area accommodations.

  • Additional Information


    Drones, alcoholic beverages, large bags, coolers and pets (except service animals) are prohibited from entering the stadium during the Commencement ceremony.  If located, all bags, backpacks, and coolers (regardless of size) are subject to search and may be confiscated if contraband is found.

    Evacuation Plans:

    In the event of an emergency, or need for an evacuation at the stadium, audible announcements will be made via the PA system.  On-site staff members will assist in directing persons to their appropriate evacuation routes, and/or rally points as necessary.  See the included maps to view exit routes and rally points.  Evacuation maps will also be posted throughout the Stadium and available with staff members.   

    In the event of that Commencement is canceled, graduates may be directed to pick up their diplomas in certain campus locations, which may be announced via the PA system.  

    Evacuation Plan Close Up

    Evacuation Plan Birds Eye

Additional Commencement Activities and Events

  • Baccalaureate Ceremony

    Baccalaureate will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Hempstead Stadium. This event affords each graduate a time to reflect on their accomplishments and their future. Graduates attend the ceremony wearing academic robes and hoods (no caps). Graduates may be seated with family members and friends.

  • Recognition Day Brunch

    A special brunch will be held for graduates, family members, and friends on Friday, May 18, 2018 beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m. in the dining hall. Tickets are $14 per person and must be purchased online at by Friday, May 11, 2018. Board students may use one allocated meal to attend the brunch. Students' guest meals may not be used.

  • Awards Ceremony

    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 Friday, May 18, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at the Hempstead Stadium. Family members and friends are encouraged to attend.

  • ROTC Ceremony

    The ceremony to honor our graduating seniors enrolled in the ROTC program will be held Friday May 18, 2018 at Misselwood at 10 a.m. This event is by invitation only.

  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony

    Nursing graduates will receive their nursing pins in a special ceremony on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at the Hempstead Stadium. A reception will follow in the Courtyard Café.

  • International Reception

    A reception will be held for graduating international students, study abroad participants, international peer mentors, and family members on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Misselwood House.

Post-graduation Considerations

  • Yearbooks

    The 2018 Mingotide, the Endicott College Yearbook, will include a section on Commencement. Yearbooks will be mailed to graduates at their home addresses sometime the following spring.

  • Mail Forwarding

    Seniors need to obtain a "Mail Forwarding" form from the Endicott Mail and Copy Center in the Callahan Center. Once the form is returned to the Mail and Copy Center, all first class mail will be forwarded for 60 days. The Alumni Office will collect your non-Endicott email addresses.