University of Vermont

217th Commencement Ceremonies - May 19 and 20, 2018

Caps and Gowns/UVM Bookstore

The UVM Bookstore is located on central campus in the Dudley H. Davis Center at 590 Main Street. The Catamount Store is located on the Church Street Marketplace at 46 Church Street.

Announcements, Class Rings, Diploma Frames | Caps and Gowns | Commemorative T-Shirt | DVD | Senior Celebration | Contact Information

Caps and Gowns:

Academic regalia for the 216th Commencement Ceremony will be available for purchase both at the UVM Bookstore and online at beginning Monday, April 24th. Pre-orders are not necessary.

Students who graduated in October 2016 or January 2017 or who are living out-of-town and will be participating in the May 2017 Commencement Ceremony should order their caps and gowns (regalia) online at by Monday, May 15th for standard ground shipping and no later than Thursday, May 18th by 2 pm EDT, for next business day express shipping. Regalia can either be shipped to a valid home address or held at the UVM Bookstore on campus for pickup during normal business hours or during the Bookstore’s extended hours commencement weekend (store hours and contact information are listed below. 

If you require special gown sizing, please contact the Bookstore to assure that you will have a gown that fits you. Caps and gowns are made of Oak Hall’s GreenWeaver material, a lightweight polyester-like material made from 23 post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.

Student Regalia:

To participate in May 2017 Commencement ceremonies, a complete outfit is required for all degree candidates (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral and Medical).


Complete Bachelor’s regalia with new stole: $67.95
Complete Master’s regalia:                                 $71.95
Complete Doctoral regalia:      $77.95
Complete Medical regalia: (order deadline 2/6/17) $130.00

Individual parts of the complete regalia (tassel, cap, cap and gown (gowns cannot be purchased alone), hood, or stole) may be purchased at the UVM Bookstore.  For a comprehensive price list please call 1-800-331-7305.

Undergraduate students may opt to sell their stoles back to the UVM Bookstore until Friday, June 2nd. Stoles in clean, re-saleable condition will be purchased back by the store for approximately half their retail value, dry cleaned, and reused for the following year’s Commencement.

Faculty Regalia:

Faculty may rent regalia through the UVM Bookstore. Please contact Brendan Andrews at 656-0989. You will need to provide your height and weight, highest degree earned, name of the institution that granted the degree and payment information (either personal or departmental). The cost is $65-$95 depending on whether or not a tam is also rented. Note, orders must be placed by Monday, May 8th. Any rental orders placed after this date will incur late order charges as well as expedited shipping charges.

Faculty may also purchase inexpensive GreenWeaver regalia or custom regalia by contacting Balfour representative Paul Trono at 802-658-6126 or by email at

Announcements, Class Rings, and Diploma Frames:

Graduation Announcements:

  • Personalized Announcements: Orders for personalized announcements for bachelor, master, doctoral, and medical degrees can be placed online at (type University of Vermont in the search bar) or by calling 1-800-BALFOUR. Please allow 3-4 weeks for personalized orders.
  • Non-Personalized Announcements: Beginning Monday, March 20th, single, 5 pack, and 10 packs of non-personalized announcements for the Sunday morning Main Commencement Ceremony for bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees are available at the Customer Service counter at the Bookstore or online at

Class Rings:

  • Class rings are available to purchase from Balfour.  To learn more about Balfour rings or to purchase a ring, please visit or contact Balfour representative Nick Herberg at (802) 658-6126 or A representative from Balfour will be at the UVM Bookstore Wednesday, April 26th (during Senior Celebration) for those wishing to order Balfour class rings. 

Diploma Frames:

  • Diploma frames are available for bachelor, master, doctoral, and medical degrees. They can be purchased either at the UVM Bookstore or online at

Senior Celebration:

Senior Celebration at the UVM Bookstore is Wednesday, April 26th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join the fun and pick-up your cap and gown, diploma frame, and announcements while enjoying refreshments provided by UVM Dining Services. GradImages will be on hand to take cap and gown portraits and pre-register students for the photographs that will be taken of them as they cross the stage and graduate. All in-stock diploma frames from Church Hill Classics will be discounted 25% that day and there will be a Class of 2017 water bottle giveaway and a raffle for a diploma frame and other items.

Class of 2017 Commemorative T-Shirt:

The UVM Bookstore, in partnership with Commencement T-shirts, is proud to offer a 100% cotton Class of 2017 commemorative T-shirt that lists the names of all UVM graduates (October, January, and May graduates getting an undergraduate, graduate, or medical degree) on the back. Please note, only names without confidentiality restrictions will be included. Online ordering will be available shortly. Shirts will be available for pickup only at the UVM Bookstore kiosk on the University Green from 7 am to 2 pm the morning of Sunday May 21st.

Commencement DVD:

A DVD of the 216th Commencement Ceremony will be available from the UVM Bookstore for $37.95 plus $7.99 shipping and handling (please allow 3-4 weeks after commencement for delivery).

The DVD will include both the University Commencement Main Ceremony (Sunday, 5/21, 8:20 a.m.) and an individual college or school ceremony of your choice: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS), College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), Grossman School of Business (GSB), College of Education & Social Services (CESS), College of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources (RSENR), The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine (LCOM), College of Nursing & Health Sciences (CNHS), Graduate College (GRAD). The Honors College Scholars Recognition Ceremony (HCOL), the College of Arts & Sciences Recognition Ceremony, or a second individual ceremony may be added to the DVD for an additional fee of $16.95.

Beginning Monday, March 20th, pre-orders may be placed at the UVM Bookstore or online at

Contact Information:

UVM Bookstore
Dudley H. Davis Center
590 Main St.
Burlington, VT 05405
Phone: (802) 656-3290 or toll free (800) 331-7305
Web address:

Semester hours:
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.,
Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Catamount Store
46 Church St.
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (802) 660-0868

Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Commencement Weekend Hours:

UVM Bookstore
Friday, May 19, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 21, 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. *

* The Bookstore will set up a kiosk at the Main ceremony for last minute items on Sunday, May 21: 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Severe Weather Venue, Patrick Gymnasium: 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

Catamount Store
Friday, May 19, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 21, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Last updated: 2/24/2017

Last modified April 19 2017 03:51 PM