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Van Loan School Connection 2018

The Commencement Connection contains the latest news and information regarding graduation and Commencement for the Van Loan School. Please be sure to visit this page regularly for updates.

Information for all graduating students

  • Commencement Ceremony and Logistics

    Van Loan School Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 promptly at 6 p.m. The event will be held outdoors at 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, and 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 line up. The College requests guests' cooperation in remaining outside the student robing area.

    In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in 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 can 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 also experience this memorable event. Simply click on the "watch live" link on the Commencement main page.

  • Graduation Application

    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 13! 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.

  • Commencement Participation Policy

    Academic Requirements: 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

    Van Loan undergraduate and master’s degree graduates:

    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

    You may pick up your Commencement packets 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.
    • Gloucester-based graduates may pick up their packets at the Gloucester site, 33 Commercial Street in Gloucester.

    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 best wishes and sincere appreciation of the graduate. Following the ceremony, the graduate presents the stole to someone who provided extraordinary help or support. 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 bookstore for $19.95 each.

  • Guests with Mobility Issues

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

  • Parking

    With the large number of graduates and guests expected at the 2018 Commencement, Endicott College will be using both on- and off-campus parking lots on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

    Parking on campus will be allowed on a first-come, first-served basis, so we highly encourage all guests and graduates to arrive early and carpool if possible. Officers will direct vehicles throughout the day.

    General access parking will be available through the East Gate (near Brindle Hall) and Stoneridge Lane (across from the Wylie Inn). All general access parking must enter from these two points. The main gate is reserved for VIP, emergency vehicles, and those guests with barrier-free reserved parking. <Barrier-free parking form >

    Once campus parking is full, vehicles will be diverted to the off-site parking lot at North Shore Music Theatre. Parking attendants and signage will direct guests to these lots at 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, Mass. (usually a ten-minute ride from College, but traffic may increase driving time). It is suggested that guests arrive to the North Shore Music Theatre first, rather than attempting to find parking on campus. Shuttles will provide transportation to and from campus throughout the day.

  • Area Accommodations

    The Wylie Inn is available at 15% discount to all Endicott College-affiliated travelers. Alternatively, see a list of other area accommodations.

Additional Commencement Ceremonies and Activities

  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony

    Van Loan Nursing graduates will receive their nursing pins in a special ceremony on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the Chapel.

  • 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 Misselwood House.