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Endicott College Readies for 78th Commencement Ceremony

Commencement 2017
Commencement 2018 is fast approaching, with both ceremonies set to take place at Endicott's Hempstead Stadium.
5/3/2018

Weather Reminder: Saturday's Commencement will take place as planned in the Hempstead Stadium rain or shine. Wear your rain gear to keep warm and dry! There will be streaming broadcasts viewable in Facebook Live and shown in the Lower Callahan, LSB auditorium, and Wax Auditorium as well as on channel 73.1 on any television on campus for families and friends who would like to sit inside.

 

Endicott College will hold its Commencement ceremonies on Thursday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday May 19 at 10:30 a.m. The Thursday ceremony will mark the second standalone Commencement ceremony for graduate and professional students in the Van Loan School, while the Saturday event will see traditional undergraduate students crossing the stage. Both ceremonies will take place at Hempstead Stadium on the Endicott campus in Beverly, Mass.

Speaking at the Van Loan Commencement on Thursday will be Dr. Oneeka Williams, an acclaimed urologist and author of children's books that promote STEM, especially among girls and minorities. Additionally, U.S. State Department veteran Keith D. Miller will receive an honorary degree.

Saturday’s ceremony will feature Demos Parneros, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc., as the speaker, and the Excellence in Teaching Award will be given to Catherine Butler, Assistant Professor and Internship Coordinator in the School of Business.

Across both ceremonies, 1,232 students are set to graduate from the Van Loan School and Undergraduate College: 18 students with a Doctor of Educational Leadership or Doctor of Philosophy; 428 with Master of Arts, Master of Education, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, or Master of Fine Arts degrees; 756 students with Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, or Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees; and 30 with Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees.

For answers to questions like Where should I park the car? Will there be a photographer there? and What are the accommodations for guests with mobility concerns?, please visit the 2018 Undergraduate College Commencement Connection and Van Loan School Commencement Connection.

Speakers & Honorees

Oneeka Williams Commencement. Dr. Oneeka Williams: On Thursday evening, Dr. Oneeka Williams will be the commencement speaker at the Van Loan School ceremony. Dr. Williams is a trailblazer on a mission to "educate, empower and enrich" the lives of children and to change the way generations think about what is possible. She is a distinguished urologic surgeon at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology at Tufts Medical School. Dr. Williams became the first black woman with a B.A. in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University and the first black woman to train in urologic surgery at the Lahey Clinic.

Keith Miller Commencement. Dr. Keith D. Miller: During Thursday’s Van Loan School ceremony, Dr. Keith D. Miller will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Dr. Miller is a distinguished administrator, serving for many years in overseas education and operations in the U.S. State Department. He is the creator and executive secretary of the Overseas Schools Advisory Council, which is now a major public-private initiative that has raised millions of dollars for American international schools and provides advice and counsel to the Department of State on U.S. corporate educational needs around the world. 
Demos Parneros Commencement. Demos Parneros: On Saturday, Demos Parneros will be the commencement speaker at the Endicott undergraduate ceremony. Parneros is chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc., the world’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media, and educational products. He is responsible for overseeing 630 bookstores in 50 states and 24,000 employees. Mr. Parneros joined the company in 2016 as its chief operating officer and was promoted to CEO in 2017. He is also a member of the company’s board of directors. 
Cathy Butler Commencement. Catherine Butler: The Excellence in Teaching Award, voted on by the graduating class, goes to Catherine Butler, Assistant Professor and Internship Coordinator in the School of Business. As the recipient of this award, Butler will serve as the faculty speaker at the Baccalaureate ceremony on Friday, May 18, and will perform the duties of the Grand Marshal at Commencement on Saturday, May 19. Cathy is the founding Advisor to Endicott’s Women in LEADership organization, presents nationally in conference meetings, and publishes articles on career management.

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