University of Vermont

Academic Ceremonies - May Commencement

Commencement Walk Policy

Commencement "Walk" Policy

Commencement celebrates the accomplishments of students who have successfully completed all the requirements necessary for their degrees.

“Walking” is the term used to indicate student participation in Commencement exercises. Walking in UVM’s Commencement exercises, however, does not necessarily indicate degree completion or a guarantee thereof. Only when all requirements are completed will a student’s degree be awarded.

Eligibility to Walk

Undergraduate students who have completed all degree requirements are eligible to Walk in the UVM and College/School Commencement ceremonies. In addition, undergraduate students who are within six credits of completing all degree requirements and have a plan to complete all remaining requirements may, with the approval of their dean’s office, Walk in the UVM and College/School Commencement ceremonies.

Graduate students will not be permitted to participate in Commencement ceremonies until they have completed all their degree requirements, passed their defense examination, and submitted the final copy of their thesis or dissertation to the Graduate College.

Permission to Walk

Undergraduate students who have completed all degree requirements automatically have permission to Walk in the Commencement ceremonies.

Undergraduate students who have not completed all of their degree requirements, but have met the eligibility criteria noted above, may receive permission to Walk at Commencement from the dean’s office of the School/College in which the student is enrolled. The student must present a viable, realistic plan for completing their remaining degree requirements with no more than six credits.

Conditions

“Walkers” who have not completed all degree requirements will not have their names printed in the Commencement program.

Last modified January 27 2014 12:07 PM