University of Vermont

Former President Daniel Mark Fogel

Commencement 2011

September 30, 2010

To: University of Vermont Community
From: Daniel Mark Fogel, President

Re: Commencement 2011

With Commencement 2011 eight months away, I want to provide the University community with an important update: following consultation with governance groups, deans of the colleges and schools, and others, I have decided that we will return to the pre-2010 format of one main ceremony followed by individual college and school ceremonies. The single academic ceremony we piloted this past spring will remain, for the modern era, a one-time experiment.

I want to add that that experiment was supported by extraordinary—and in many cases superlative—efforts by countless members of the University community. My heartfelt thanks go to all who worked so hard to carry off Commencement in the traditional (but long-tabled) format of a single ceremony. It began splendidly with the massed sunlit array of graduates, faculty, family and friends on the Green. But the ceremony dissipated its grand opening effect as the long morning wore on into the afternoon. I am sincerely sorry that there were many who understandably found the experience, in the end, disappointing.

Commencement 2011 will be on Sunday, May 22. The Main Ceremony will convene at 9:00 on the University Green (indoor site in the event of a weather call will be the athletic complex). The main ceremony will be followed by the individual college and school diploma ceremonies (Graduate Hooding will take place on Saturday, May 21). For specific information on times and locations of the college and school ceremonies, please refer to the Commencement website. We look forward eagerly to those celebratory milestones in the academic lives of our students and our University.

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