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Strength in Community

Community strengthens each of us by connecting us to people, places, and beliefs that drive us forward. It is through a commitment to community that we at Endicott College thrive, it inspires us to learn and teach together, and to contribute to the greater good—together.

There are many moments in American history that prove the importance of community, but perhaps none so greatly as the events and the aftermath of 9/11. On that date in 2001, a terrorist attack claimed the lives of 2,977 people, including civilians, military personnel, and first responders.  

The events of this day sent shock waves through the Nation, yet in the face of this tragedy, we witnessed countless acts of selflessness and valor. As the events of this day cast a light on the immense value of human life, we saw a newly-forged sense of connection, pride, and community ripple across the Nation.

This year, Endicott will commemorate 9/11 with a week of learning opportunities and community building events, paying tribute to the many lives lost but also honoring the unity felt across the Country in the wake of such an immense tragedy.

To learn more about the events of 9/11 and the aftermath, please visit 9/11 Memorial & Museum.


Schedule of events

Art & Writing Contest (Open to students only)

Through art or through words, tell us either:

1) What are the lessons of 9/11, and how will these lessons shape our future? 
2)  What does Strength in Community mean to you?


Art contest:

Painting, Drawing, Digital or Mixed Media

Design should be no larger than 20h x 16w 

The winner will receive an Ipad, the artwork will be displayed at the Commemoration held on 9/10, and featured in the program for next year’s Commemoration Ceremony.

Submissions are due to Dean Towner (VPAC 104) by September 7, and should include student's signature on the front bottom right side of the piece and full name and class year on back of the piece. This contest will be judged by Walter J. Manninen, Elizabeth Bollenberg, and members of the School of Visual & Performing Arts.

Writing contest:
Write a 200-500-word essay or poem on one of the topics listed above.
The winner will receive an iPad and the opportunity to read their essay at the Commemoration on 9/10. Submissions are due September 7


Registration required**
Open to the public*

  • Monday, August 30, 2021
    Poster board designs
    Resident Assistants will lead students on each hall floor in an activity to create a poster reflecting Strength in Community. The winning floor will enjoy an Ice Cream Sundae party and acknowledgement on September 10. Submissions due by September 7, 2021.
  • Wednesday, September 1, 2021
    Sign the Strength in Community banner 
    Enjoy origami and other crafts and learn about the significance of origami during 9/11
    Callahan Center, lower level
    11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 2, 2021
    Watch the documentary, 102 Minutes that Changed America 
    Refreshments will be provided 
    Interfaith Chapel 
    6–9 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 9, 2021
    Watch the documentary, 102 Minutes that Changed America 
    Refreshments will be provided
    Interfaith Chapel 
    6–9 p.m.
  • Friday, September 10, 2021
    9/11 Commemoration Ceremony
    Open to the public*
    Cleary Lecture Hall & Amphitheater
    3–5 p.m. 

    Football vs. WPI
    Hempstead Stadium 
    7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 11, 2021
    Day of Caring | 20 for 20
    8:46 a.m.–8:46 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 12, 2021

    Join us for a cornhole tournament to support our Veterans & First-Responders, and to benefit Hero Pups. This event is open to the public and registration is required. Sign up today!


    $20 for the public

    $10 for students
    $5 for children under 12
    3 raffles:
    Prize One - $50 Gift card to Sky Zone
    Prize Two - Two-case wine basket
    Prize Three - Free cornhole boards 
    Games for kids:
    Frisbee, bubbles, face painting
    Enjoy snacks, an ice cream truck, and a cash bar at Gully's, our on-campus sport's bar (21+ only). 
    T-Shirts with our Hero Pups logo will be available for sale.
    Hero Pups:
    Some of our furry friends will be on campus, make sure to say hello! 
  • Monday, September 13, 2021
    MacDonald Gymnasium 
    4–5 p.m.

    Dinner around the Lakes 
    5 p.m.
  • New York Says Thank You
    When a terrorist attack brought down New York City’s World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, volunteers from all across the United States stepped forward to help in the midst of a crisis. Inspired by the way America came together in a time of need, a group of New York firefighters, construction engineers who helped clear out Ground Zero, and financiers who were based in the WTC have created The New York Says Thank You Foundation. Each year, the NYSTY Foundation travels throughout the United States, bringing relief and construction know-how to communities that have been devastated by disasters both natural and man-made. Filmmaker Scott Rettberg profiles the people behind the NYSTY Foundation, the people they’ve helped, and the communities that have benefited from their generosity in the documentary New York Says Thank You, a film that demonstrates how one of America’s darkest days reminded many Americans of the importance of cooperation and compassion New York Say Thank You was an official selection at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.