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Undergraduate College Commencement Connection 2019


Additional Commencement Activities and Events

  • Baccalaureate Ceremony

    Baccalaureate will be held on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 1:00 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 24, 2019 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 10, 2019. 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 24, 2019 at 2:30 p.m at 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 24, 2019 at the Misselwood  Tent 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 24, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at the Hempstead Stadium.

  • International Reception

    A reception will be held for graduating international students, study abroad participants, international peer mentors, and family members on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Misselwood Tent.

Information for all graduating students

  • Commencement Ceremony

    Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 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 allows seating as follows: four dark blue 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.

    The ceremony will be held at the stadium - rain or shine.

    Additional guests may watch the ceremony simulcast live from the Klebanoff Auditorium in the Gerrish School of Business/ Judge Science Center. 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.

  • Ceremony Tickets and Announcement

    Each participant in the Commencement ceremony will be able to pick up their tickets 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.: 

    • Four field seating tickets (dark blue)

    • Two bleacher seating tickets (white)
      *Note: The ceremony will be held outdoors rain or shine.

    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.

    Download the 2019 Commencement Announcement

  • 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, 2019.

  • 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. Hockmeyer Studios 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 Accessibility Parking Form by May 10, 2019 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

    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.

  • Parking (General and Accessible)

    General access parking will be directed to the off-site parking lot at North Shore Music Theatre at the address below where shuttles will provide transportation to and from campus throughout the day. Attendees are encouraged to use this lot first rather than attempting to find parking on campus.

    Primary parking is located at:
    North Shore Music Theater
    62 Dunham Rd.
    Beverly, MA 01915

    Both on- and off-campus parking lots will be used for all commencement ceremonies.  On-campus parking is available on a first come, first served basis.  Please arrive early and carpool when 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).  No general access parking is available through the main gate which is reserved for VIP and Accessible parking which must be reserved in advance with this form.  Accessible Parking Form).

  • 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.  

    Stadium Evacuation Plan

    Evacuation Rally Points

  • Move Out
    All graduating students must be completely moved-out of campus residence halls by 5 p.m. on Commencement Day, Saturday, May 25. Students are encouraged to ensure that all non-essential items are packed and rooms are cleaned prior to Commencement Day. Students local to Endicott College are also encouraged to use time during the month of May, including Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19 which are free from Senior Week activities, to move most of their belongings home. Please know that vehicle traffic and check-out times will experience the most significant wait times immediately following the Commencement ceremony.

Post-graduation Considerations

  • 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.