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Van Loan School Commencement Connection 2018


Information for all graduating students

  • Commencement Ceremony

    Van Loan School Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 promptly at 6 p.m. The event will be held outdoors at the Hempstead Stadium. Guest seating will open at 5 p.m., by 5:45 p.m. all guests must be seated. Your eight color-coded tickets are available for field seating, additional seating will be available in the bleachers.

    Graduates must arrive no later than 4:30 p.m. and gather in the MacDonald Gymnasium, located in the Post Center. Van Loan staff will assist in the lineup. The College requests guests' cooperation in remaining outside the student robing area.

    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 green tickets will be available for indoor seating.

    Additional guests may watch the ceremony simulcast live at the Endicott Auditorium in the Wax Center and in 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

    If you will be completing your degree in May 2018 and plan to participate in Commencement exercises, the Graduation Application must be filed no later than March 15! The Graduation Application is also available in hard copy at the Registrar's Office or the Student Affairs Office. The application must be completed whether or not you participate. It is necessary that we know whether or not you will be participating in the ceremony to ensure appropriate seating and prepare your diploma.

    To receive your degree, you must have:

    • Earned the correct number of credits required;
    • Completed all additional requirements for your major and/or concentration;
    • Earned the minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) for your degree and major; (see the Academic Catalog for minimum GPA for your major—2.00 is minimum for many undergraduate majors and 3.0 for graduate programs);
    • If you are a master’s degree candidate, you must also have completed the comprehensive examination in your degree area (if required);
    • If you are a doctoral degree candidate, you must have successfully defended and received approval signatures on your dissertation.

    Student files will be audited to determine that all required documentation has been received and all financial obligations have been met.

  • Graduation Fee

    A graduation fee of $200 is assessed for all students who qualify for a degree from Endicott College. This assessment covers a variety of items associated with Commencement, including degree audit, preparation of diploma and Commencement related ceremonies. The graduation fee is a mandatory requirement, regardless of participation in Commencement ceremonies or activities.

    Your fee may already have been paid. Check your online bill or call the Van Loan Bursar’s Office at 978-232-2053.

  • Caps and Gowns

    For undergraduate and master’s degree graduates, the cost of regalia items is included in your graduation fee. Regalia will be available for pick up in the Endicott College Bookstore starting May 1. The bookstore is located at the entrance to the Callahan Center. Store hours are Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Friday: 9: a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Saturday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    If you are unable to pick up your items at the campus bookstore, you may request them be shipped to you for a $10 shipping and handling fee. Request for shipping will only be accepted between April 1 and May 1 by email to

    Please include the following information with your request.

    • Name
    • Height
    • Weight
    • Degree
    • Daytime phone number

    Doctoral graduates:

    Doctoral students must purchase or rent their regalia (see information below). The deadline for ordering is January 15, 2018. Please email store manager Lorie McMahon to place your order. Please provide the following information:

    • Height
    • Weight
    • Degree
    • Intention to purchase or rent
    • Cap size

    The bookstore will contact you when your items arrive and will give you the option of picking them up at the bookstore or having them shipped for an additional $10 fee.

  • Announcements and Ceremony Tickets

    Each participant in the Commencement ceremony will be able to pick up their Commencement packets, weekdays, between May 1 and May 15 from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    • Beverly-based and online graduates may pick up their packets at the Van Loan School Admission Office, located on the first floor of the Van Loan building, 295 Hale Street, Beverly.
    • Boston-based graduates may pick up their packets at the Boston site, 200 Tremont Street, Boston.

    You must present your Endicott College ID to receive your packet. You may not pick up any other students’ packets. If you are unable to pick up your packet in person, you may have the packet shipped by contacting Alicia Kessler, staff assistant, no later than May 1 at, or 978-232-5261. The packet will include:

    • Ten Commencement announcements *Note that these are not tickets
    • Two color-coded field seating tickets (dark green)
    • Six additional color-coded field seating tickets (light green). Note: If held inside, these additional tickets (light green) do not guarantee indoor seating.
  • 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 Ceremonies and Activities

  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony

    Van Loan Nursing graduates will receive their nursing pins in a special ceremony at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 in the Chapel. A reception will follow.

  • International Reception

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