Undergraduate Studies
Undergraduate Studies

Spring Commencement Ceremony

May 2, 2020

Commencement will be held on the lawn.  Please note that location changes due to rain will be announced by 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, May 2th. Please check your Eastern Nazarene College email, e2campus alerts, and the website for updated information on Commencement. 

Eastern Nazarene College will hold its 98th Spring Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of Gardner Hall. Graduation participants should plan to arrive on campus at 1:30 p.m. in order to receive directions. Parking space is limited surrounding the college, so please plan for extra time. Additional parking will be provided on May 2 at the Old Colony Campus and a shuttle service will be provided beginning at 12:00 p.m. until the start of the ceremony, and will run following the ceremony as needed.

Regalia will be available in the Registrar’s Office beginning Monday, April 20, 2020. Traditional Undergraduate students may pick up their regalia and commencement tickets at the Registrar’s Office window Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. once they are certified for graduation. If alternate arrangements are needed for regalia pick-up, please contact Abbey Stanford at 617-745-3875 or Abbey.Stanford@enc.edu.

Adult and Graduate Studies students, please contact Tim McDonald at 617-745-3853or Timothy.McDonald@enc.edu concerning regalia, commencement tickets, and any general graduation questions.

In the case of rain, the ceremony will be held in Wollaston Church of the Nazarene. If the ceremony is held inside, space to view the ceremony is limited. All graduation participants will receive 2 guest tickets for live viewing of the ceremony in Wollaston Church of the Nazarene.  Additional guests will be able to view live video streaming of the ceremony in other campus locations as space is available. Ceremony tickets will only be necessary in case of rain, and will need to be presented by guests at the door on their way into the church.  Alternate viewing locations will not require tickets but will be limited to available seating.


The Baccalaureate Service will be held in the Wollaston Church of the Nazarene on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. ENC Chaplain, Rev. Lynne Bollinger will deliver the message. A reception in Lahue Physical Education Center will immediately follow the Baccalaureate Service.

Commencement Speaker

Rev. Dr. Samuel Carl W. Vassel was elected as District Superintendent of the Metro New York District of the Church of the Nazarene on May 11, 2018.  Prior to that he served as Senior Pastor of Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene (Bronx, NY) for 18 years.  A native Jamaican Pastor Sam served for ten years as Senior Pastor of the Bethune Avenue Holiness Christian Church.  During that time, he also served as Bishop of the Holiness Christian Church in Jamaica for two years.

Dr. Vassel’s ministry has centered around pastoral service expressed through mentorship and community engagement and development.  Beyond serving local congregations Pastor Sam has served alongside various student ministries such as Students Christian Fellowship & Scripture Union (SCFSU), incorporating the Inter Schools/Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship (IS/IVCF), Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) and the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES).  Dr. Vassel has also served as a Seminary Lecturer at the Jamaica Theological Seminary and the Alliance Theological Seminary in New York. He remains a contributing writer for the Preacher’s Magazine: A Preaching Resource in the Wesleyan Tradition and Holiness Today.  Additionally, he serves as a member of various boards both inside the Church (denominational boards and higher educational institutions) and in the wider Christian non-profit and business communities.

Rev. Dr. Vassel holds a Doctorate in Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary, (Doctoral Dissertation: Understanding and Addressing the Absence of Men from the Jamaican Church), a Masters in Theological Studies from Wheaton College (MA Thesis: The Socio-political Concern of the Gospel in the Gospel of Luke) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of the West Indies. He remains a widely sought after preacher and speaker for keynote addresses, lectures, retreats, conferences, conventions, and national and community events for religious, civic, political and business interests.

He is married to Angela and together they have two adult children, David and Kara-Beth, who are married to Deidre and Greg respectively. They are blessed with this addition of a son and daughter to their family and doubly blessed with their grandchildren: Karis, Pax, Che, Gabriella and Dhiya.

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