Endicott Commencement 2013
We are pleased to provide you with some preliminary information about commencement and the activities and events that will be held to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates. Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 24 at 10:30 am. We anticipate over 600 undergraduate and graduate students and their families and friends will participate in the ceremony. This website will be your source of the most up-to-date information on all things related to commencement. Detailed information will be posted in early March.
COMMENCEMENT PARTICIPATION POLICY
A student may participate in Commencement Exercises if the student has earned the correct number of credits required, has earned a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) for their degree and has completed all degree and major requirements; or prior to completion if they are 15 or less credits short of their degree requirements or if upon entering their last semester they meet the minimum GPA requirement and subsequently fall below in their last semester. Students may not participate if both conditions exist at the time of Commencement. All financial obligations to the College must be met. Students may only participate in one Commencement Exercise per degree.
For Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies students:
Graduate students may apply and participate with 6 credits remaining.
GRADUATION APPLICATION FORM MUST BE FILED. THE DEADLINE TO FILE IS MARCH 15!
Please ensure that you have completed a Graduation Application, if you will be completing your degree this May or plan to participate in Commencement exercises. The application is available at the Registrar's Office or on line at http://www.endicott.edu/registrar. 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.
The Graduation Fee covers a variety of items associated with commencement, including a degree audit, preparation of diploma, cap, gown, hood, award ceremony, and baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies.
Recorded version of Endicott's 2013 Commencement ceremony.
Relive the Experience
Van Loan Recognition Ceremony
Students from the Van Loan School and their families are invited to this ceremony where your accomplishments will be recognized.
At this ceremony we will honor our graduating men and women enrolled in the ROTC program.
By invitation only
Recognition Day Brunch
A special brunch will be held for graduates, family members and friends. Tickets are $13 per person and may be purchased at Student Activities or online at tickets.endicott.edu by May 17. Tickets will go on sale beginning Thursday, March 7.
All graduating students and their families are invited to this ceremony that affords the graduates an opportunity to reflect on their accomplishments and their future. Graduates wear their robes and hoods.
This formal ceremony recognizes graduating students in areas of academic achievement and engagement at the College.
Nurse Pinning Ceremony
Nursing graduates will receive their nursing pins in this special ceremony.
All are welcome to attend this reception held to celebrate our international students and students who have participated in international study abroad opportunities.
Dinner at the Wylie Center
A buffet dinner will be offered at Tupper Manor for students and their families. For price, information, and reservations, please contact Deborah DeGalla at 978-867-1959.
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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.
Michael A. Charles
is the General Secretary of the Bermuda Union of Teachers. He is an accomplished educator who taught high school in Brooklyn and Staten Island before relocating to Bermuda to continue his teaching career as Deputy Principal at Paget Primary School. Before becoming General Secretary, he served as president twice and Vice President of the Caribbean Union of Teachers. He was recently appointed by the Governor to be a Justice of the Peace.
Ernest J. Mannino
is the Deputy Executive Director for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), where he focuses on advocacy, governance and government relations, and also the CEO of the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation, a position responsible for managing grants that seek to recognize outstanding service to the profession.
Joanne Holbrook Patton
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.
At commencement 2002, the College introduced Bagpipers to the Commencement procession. They were so well received that each year since we have had the Campbell Highlanders lead in the Commencement procession.
The origins of academic dress date back to the 12th and 13th centuries, when universities were taking form.
The new college seal incorporates several messages from the original seal. Some symbols, however, have been changed or updated to reflect education in a global environment.
Stole of Gratitude
The Endicott College Stole of Gratitude offers a symbol of thanks.
Experience Academic Excellence
With over 100 academic programs for undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and international studies, options are limitless.
Excellence in Teaching Award
Each of the eight Schools select students to participate in the nomination process. Representatives select five candidates who have contributed to the success of the Class. These five names are then voted on by the graduating class to determine the current year's recipient of the Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award.
The recipient of this award serves as the Baccalaureate Speaker and will perform the duties of Grand Marshall at Commencement Exercises.
Stole of Gratitude
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.
Endicott graduated its first class, a group of just 20 students, in 1941. Today, there are more than 2,350 undergraduate students, on the Beverly campus, and more than 2,600 students are enrolled in degree programs in Beverly and at our international campuses through Endicott's Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies. In the fall of 1994, the College welcomed its first co-educational class. But a growing student body hasn't been the only change at Endicott over the years. Our curriculum has changed to reflect the needs of the 21st century, taking into account developments in technology, world trade, and heightened professional competition.
Approved 1988, conferred first degrees in 1990.
Approved 1996, conferred first degrees in 1998.
Approved 1990, first conferred in 1991.
Approved December 2011, anticipated first graduation in 2016.
The Endicott Seal
The escutcheon is a shield of protection from adverse forces. It is within a double circle that contains the name of the College. The circles symbolize unity and commonality. Within the field are three symbols. The sailing vessel is a symbol of the worldliness of the College, having its roots in the historic founding of our nation. The quill and book signify knowledge and the transmittal of knowledge throughout the world. The map signifies that Endicott welcomes its students from all corners of the globe. The English design of College Hall signifies stability and the foundation upon which the College was built. The founding year of the College, 1939, is displayed. On top of the Escutcheon is a lion signifying the leader in life. Around the perimeter of the shield is a series of lines that symbolize a badge of honor.
Endicott We Praise Thee
Endicott we praise thee
fairest alma mater.
Forest ocean and castle tall
beckon us all.
Make us true sons and daughters your
standards lift to the sky
Endicott, our Endicott.
The origins of academic dress date back to the 12th and 13th centuries, when universities were taking form. The ordinary dress of the scholar, whether student or teacher, was the dress of a cleric. With few exceptions, the medieval scholar had taken at least minor orders and made certain vows. In the days of Henry VIII of England, Oxford and Cambridge first began prescribing a definite academic dress and made it a matter of university control even to the extent of its minor details.
The gown for the bachelor's degree has squared sleeves. It is designed to be worn closed. The gown for the master's degree has an oblong sleeve, open at the wrist, like the others. The sleeve base hangs down in the traditional manner. The rear part of its oblong shape is square cut, and the front part has an arc cut away. The gown for the doctor's degree has bell-shaped sleeves. Gowns for bachelor's or master's degrees are untrimmed. For the doctor's degree, the gown is faced down the front with velvet; three bars of velvet are used across the sleeves. These facings and crossbars may be of velvet of the color distinctive of the disciplines to which the degree pertains, thus agreeing in color with the binding or edging of the hood appropriate to the particular doctor's degree in every instance.
The length of the hood worn for the bachelor's degree must be three feet, for the master's degree three and one-half feet, and for the doctor's degree, four feet. The hood worn for the doctor's degree only shall have panels at the sides. The hoods are lined with the official colors of the college or university conferring the degree; more than one color is shown by division of the field color in a variety of ways. The binding or edging of the hood is to be velvet or velveteen, two inches, three inches and five inches wide for the bachelor's, master's and doctor's degrees, respectively; the color should be indicative of the subject to which the degree pertains.
Black mortarboards are generally recommended with a long tassel to be fastened to the middle point of the top of the cap only and to lie as it will thereon. The tassel should be black or the color appropriate to the subject, with the exception of the doctor's cap that may have a tassel of gold.
Colors associated with the different disciplines are as follows:
*Adapted in part from "American Universities and Colleges", 15th Edition, American Council on Education, 1997.