Colin Angle and Joanne Patton Receive Honorary Degrees at Endicott College Commencement
Beverly, MA – Endicott College held its seventy-third commencement exercises on Friday, May 24 at 10:30 am at the Stadium, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA.
725 students graduated in 2013: 200 with masters of Arts, Master of Education, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, or Master of Fine Arts Degrees, 520 students with Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, or Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, and five with Associate in Arts of Associate in Science degrees.
Colin Angle was the commencement speaker and recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. He is the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of iRobot Corp, and one of the world's leading authorities on mobile robots.
An industry pioneer with more than two decades of experience and numerous professional awards, Angle co-founded iRobot in 1990. Before that, he was president of Artificial Creatures Inc and worked at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He has been named CEO of the Year by the Mass Technology Leadership Council, a Mass High Tech All-Star, one of Fortune Small Business’ Best Bosses and New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young (with iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner). Angle has appeared as an industry expert on CNN, CNBC, Business Week, CNET, the New York Times and Newsweek. He is active on the Robotics & Intelligent Machines (RIM) advisory board.
Angle holds a bachelors degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science, both from MIT. His master thesis produced Genghis, a six-legged autonomous walking robot that now resides at the Smithsonian National Air and Science Museum in Washington, D.C.
Angle resides in Beverly.
Joanne Holbrook Patton received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the ceremony. She is owner and CEO of Green Meadows Farm in Hamilton, MA, the region’s only certified organic farm. Before assuming its leadership upon the death of her husband, Major General George S. Patton in 2004, Patton owned and directed Patton Consultant Services, a national resource agency providing trainers, consultants and speakers to nonprofit organizations. Today, Green Meadows Farm features its own organic produce, pasture-raised meats, a 350-member CSA, a farmstand, eco-tours, children’s educational programs, and community festivals.
As the mother of five, including a mentally-challenged son, Patton has made the concerns of people with disabilities a personal cause, during her 28 years as a military wife and in her civilian community service. She co-founded the Special Friends program for adults with special needs and earlier co-founded and produced a cable television program, Ready, Willing, Enable, highlighting services for persons living with disabilities.
Patton’s life as an Army wife led her to senior volunteer service as the first national volunteer consultant for both American Red Cross Services to Military Families and the Army Community Service. She served for many years on the Advisory Council for the National Military Family Association and was awarded both the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal and the Distinguished Community Service Decoration from the Department of the Army.
Patton has served on the boards of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, the North Shore Music Theatre, C.A.S.T. (The Center for Applied Special Technology) and the Walnut Hill School, among others. She is an emerita Board member of Sweet Briar College, her alma mater, which honored her with its Distinguished Alumna award, and of Norwich University’s Board of Fellows. Three organizations have established scholarships in her name.
Patton resides in Topsfield.
Also receiving honorary degrees at the ceremony were Michael Charles, General Secretary of the Bermuda Union of Teachers and Ernest Mannino, Deputy Executive Director for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and CEO of the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation.
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters recipients and President: Michael Charles, Joanne Patton, President Richard E. Wylie and Colin Angle (commencement speaker).