University of Vermont

Academic Ceremonies - May Commencement

FAQ - Guests

Commencement FAQ A to Z

Accommodations Pets
App for UVM Commencement Photography at Ceremonies
Arrival Time Photography - Portraits
ASL Procession - Main Ceremony
Bottled Water Rain
Ceremonies Refreshments
Clothing - What to Wear Seating Plan
Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf Blind Severe Weather
December or May Ceremonies Social Media
Diplomas Tickets - Main Ceremony
DVD Tickets - College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony
Flowers - Display Tickets - College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Flowers - To Purchase Tickets - College of Medicine Ceremony
Food Concessions Visually Impaired
Guidebook Walk Policy
Hearing Amplification Weather
Information Webcast
Mobility Limitations Wheelchairs
Parking Wi-Fi Access

(Accommodations)  Where do I stay in The Burlington area?

We will be offering convenient and affordable on-campus accommodations for families attending the 213th University of Vermont Commencement weekend. Accommodations for Commencement weekend, located at the University Heights North complex, offers exceptional value and convenience to the Commencement ceremonies and events. Our weekend package allows you to stay right in the heart of campus to experience firsthand the excitement of Commencement. We provide continental breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday, wireless internet and a full linen service with beds made before your arrival. Check-in is after 12:00 noon on Friday, May 16th and check-out is by 6:00 pm on Sunday, May 18th.

  • Weekend package rate for a Single Room - 1 Person (includes 9% VT Room Tax) $154.16
  • Weekend package rate for a Double Room - 2 People (includes 9% VT Room Tax) $224.36

There are a limited number of rooms available so families are encouraged to book as soon as possible to secure a reservation. Reservations can be made online at www.regonline.com/commencement-family-housing-2014.

For questions regarding making reservations to stay on-campus, please call (802) 656-5665 or e-mail SummerHousing@uvm.edu.

(App for UVM Commencement. Guidebook) Is there a Commencement App for my smart phone/wireless device?

The University of Vermont has partnered with Guidebook to create a first-rate mobile experience for Commencement attendees. Attendees who are iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, or Android users are strongly encouraged to download the application and load the guide before the Commencement weekend begins. Improve your experience by accessing the Commencement weekend schedule, event details, maps, local information, and more on your phone or mobile device. Available for iOS, Android, Blackberry and other web-enabled devices - completely free and available for all graduates and their guests!

Download the app for your device now.

Free Wi-Fi is available for your wireless devices. To access, select the UVM Guest network; no username or password is required.

(Arrival Time) What time should I arrive?

The University Commencement Main Ceremony - Sunday, May 18
The Ceremony will begin at 8:20 a.m. Seating on the University Green is open and available on a first come, first served basis. We ask that guests be in their seats by 8:15 a.m. (Undergraduate students are asked to arrive at the Chittenden-Buckham-Wills (CBW) Green at 7:45 a.m., dressed in academic regalia, to line-up for the academic procession.)

In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Multipurpose Facility in the Athletic Complex.  Doors will open at 7:00 a.m. Tickets will be required. Guests without tickets may view the ceremony on large screen and closed-circuit TV in the Davis Center on the main campus. Please leave adequate time to park and shuttle to your ceremony.

If you have mobility limitations, please make arrangements for accommodations for parking and seating.

Individual College and School Ceremonies
Following the University Commencement Main Ceremony, students will attend their home college/school ceremony where their diploma will be presented.  Please consult the Commencement Ceremony Schedule for details. Please leave adequate time to park and shuttle to your ceremony.

If you have mobility limitations, please make arrangements for accommodations for parking and seating.

Graduate College Commencement Ceremony – Saturday, May 17
Graduate College students are asked to arrive at 11:30 am in the Multipurpose Facility in the Athletic Complex dressed in academic regalia to line-up for the Academic Procession.  The Graduate College Commencement Ceremony will begin at 12:30 pm in Patrick Gymnasium. Doors will open at 11:00 a.m.  Graduate degrees will be conferred at this ceremony; students will be hooded and presented with their diploma. Please leave adequate time to park and shuttle to your ceremony.

If you have mobility limitations, please make arrangements for accommodations for parking and seating.

College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony – Sunday, May 18
College of Medicine students are asked to arrive at 1:30 p.m. in Cook Commons dressed in academic regalia to line-up for the Academic Procession.  The College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel.  Doors will open at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are required. Degrees will be conferred and diplomas distributed at this ceremony, followed by the administration of the oath. Please leave adequate time to park and shuttle to your ceremony.

If you have mobility limitations, please make arrangements for accommodations for parking and seating.

(ASL. Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf Blind.  Hearing Amplification)  A member of my party is Deaf. Will ASL interpreters be present?

Yes. ASL interpreters and live captioning (CART: Communication Access Realtime Translation) will be provided at each ceremony on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18.

Guests who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf-Blind, may make arrangements for accommodations for parking, amplification, captioning, interpreters, large print or Braille programs, by completing the online Deaf and Disability Accommodation Request Form

Guests requesting deaf and disability accommodation will still need a ticket to attend the University Commencement Main Ceremony and/or College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony if these ceremonies are moved indoors to the Multipurpose Facility due to severe weather.

The College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ceremony in Ira Allen Chapel are ticketed events regardless of weather. Guests requesting deaf and disability accommodations will still need a ticket to attend these ceremonies.

(Bottled Water) Is it possible to buy bottled water on campus?

On January 31, 2012 the University of Vermont announced that it would become the first public university in the nation to end the sale of bottled water on campus and mandate healthy options for one-third of the drinks offered in vending machines. The decision marks the advent of a long-awaited systematic sustainable beverage policy after years of lobbying by students and the greater campus community. Burlington, Vermont provides safe, clean drinking water to campus, and providing bottled water from another community is not necessary.

Where to get a free drink of water? There will be water kiosks on the University Green that will be able to fill water bottles or a cup of water (provided at the kiosk). The kiosks will also have a traditional-style water fountain “bubbler” for a quick drink.

Refillable water bottles will be available for purchase at the University Bookstore and at the commencement concession stands. Guests are encouraged to bring their favorite container from home.

For more detailed information about UVM’s water bottle policy, please visit the Office of Sustainability website.

(Ceremonies)  What is the difference between the University Commencement Main Ceremony and the College and school ceremonies?

The University Commencement Main Ceremony is a formal ceremony where the president will confer baccalaureate degrees by college/school. The commencement address, honorary degrees and student awards are presented at the University Commencement Main Ceremony. Graduates will not individually walk across the stage at this ceremony. Graduates will receive their diploma at their home college/school ceremony later in the day.  Follow this link for details of your college or school ceremony.

(Clothing—What to Wear)  What should I wear?

The University Commencement Main Ceremony is an outdoor event and guests are advised to dress appropriately for the weather. Temperatures in May can vary greatly. Clothing that can be layered easily is advisable along with comfortable footwear for walking on grass. Please plan for the possibility of strong sun as well as cool or wet weather.

(December or May Ceremonies)  May a student who participated in the December 2013 Commencement Ceremony, also participate in the May 2014 Commencement Ceremony? 

Eligible students who participated in the December 2013 Commencement Ceremony may not participate in the May 2014 Commencement Ceremony.

Please visit the following link for the Commencement Walk Policy.

(Diplomas)  When will graduates receive their diploma?

Undergraduate Diplomas:
Diplomas will be awarded at each college/school ceremony with the exception of the College of Arts and Sciences (see below). (The president will confer degrees, only, at the University Commencement Main Ceremony.) After Sunday, May 18, unclaimed diplomas may be picked up at the Student Service Center located in the Waterman Building, Monday, May 19, noon-4:30 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday, May 20-23, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Remaining diplomas will be mailed during the week of May 26. Questions regarding diplomas should be addressed to the registrar’s office 802-656-2045.

College of Arts and Sciences Diplomas:
Diplomas will be handed out in the Royall Tyler Theatre (or if the ceremony is held indoors in the South University Heights lobby) following the College of Arts and Sciences ceremony. After Sunday, May 18, unclaimed diplomas may be picked up at the Student Service Center located in the Waterman Building Monday, May 19, noon-4:30 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday, May 20-23, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Remaining diplomas will be mailed during the week of May 26. Questions regarding diplomas should be addressed to the registrar’s office 802-656-2045.

Graduate College: Diplomas:
All master's degree and doctoral degree diplomas will be awarded at the Graduate College Commencement Ceremony. The Hooding Ceremony will take place during the Graduate College Commencement Ceremony. After Saturday, May 17, unclaimed diplomas may be picked up at the Student Service Center located in the Waterman Building, Monday, May 19, noon-4:30 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday, May 20-23, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Remaining diplomas will be mailed during the week of May 26. Questions regarding diplomas should be addressed to the registrar’s office 802-656-2045.

College of Medicine Diplomas:
Diplomas will be awarded at The University Commencement College of Medicine Ceremony. Unclaimed diplomas for College of Medicine students will be mailed to them. Questions regarding diplomas should be addressed to the registrar’s office 802-656-2045.

(DVD)  Will the University Commencement Ceremony be available on DVD?  Will my graduate’s college/school ceremony also be available on DVD?

A DVD of the 213th Commencement Ceremony will be available from the UVM bookstore for $37.95 plus $7.99 shipping and handling (please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery). The DVD will include two ceremonies, the University Commencement Main Ceremony (Sunday, 5/18, 8:20 a.m.) and an individual college or school ceremony of your choice: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, College of Education and Social Services, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, College of Medicine, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Graduate College. The Honors College Scholars Recognition Ceremony or a second individual ceremony may be added to the DVD for an additional fee of $16.95. Pre-orders may be placed at the UVM Bookstore or online beginning Monday, April 28.

(Food Concessions. Refreshments)  Will refreshments be available on campus?

Saturday, May 17th:
Beverages,  snacks, and to go sandwiches will be available under the Concession Tent in front of Patrick Gym from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 18th:
The Marketplace, located on the 2nd floor of the Davis Center, will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. serving deli sandwiches, salads, fruits, snacks, and beverages.

Snacks and refreshments (hot dogs, sandwiches, fruit, cookies, muffins, chips and beverages) will be available for purchase from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. under the Concession Tents on the University Green and in front of Patrick Gymnasium from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Waterman Café in the lower level of the Waterman Building will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. serving “to go” sandwiches and salads, snacks, and beverages.

In the event of severe weather, concession tents will be set up in front of Patrick Gymnasium from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The Waterman Café in the Waterman Building will not be open and there will be no Concession Tents on the Green.

Off-campus, there are many dining options in the Burlington area.  Please visit the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

(Information) On the day of Commencement, where can I go for more information?

The Student Service Center in the main lobby of the Waterman Building will be staffed from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and information booths on the University Green north and south of the Waterman Building will be staffed from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In the event of severe weather and the ceremony is moved indoors, information booths will be set up in the main lobby of Patrick Gymnasium from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Commencement Ushers will be available to direct guests into the seating area. Volunteers wearing yellow vests will be available to assist with requests for FM hearing impaired devices, commencement programs in Braille, and special assistance seating.

(Mobility Limitations)  A member of my party has mobility limitations. What accommodations are available?

Guests who have mobility limitations may make arrangements for accommodations for parking.  Please complete the online Deaf and Disability Accommodation Request Form or contact the office of Conference and Events Services at (802) 656-5665 (voice) or by email at conferences@uvm.edu for assistance.

Guests requesting accommodation assistance will still need a ticket to attend the University Commencement Main Ceremony and/or College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony if these ceremonies are moved indoors to the Multipurpose Facility due to severe weather.

The College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ceremony in Ira Allen Chapel are ticketed events regardless of weather.  Guests requesting deaf and disability accommodations will still need a ticket to attend these ceremonies.

(Parking)  Where do I park for the May Commencement Ceremony?

For commencement events on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, please park in the designated lot for your college or school.  Please leave adequate time to park and shuttle to the ceremony.

If you have mobility limitations, please make arrangements for accommodations for parking and seating.

Graduate College: Saturday:  Gutterson Garage and Lot.  Sunday: Please park in lot designated for your school or college.
Honors College:  Saturday:  Jeffords Lot.  Sunday:  please park in the lot designated for your school or college.
Agriculture and Life Sciences:
  Gutterson Garage and Lot
Arts and Sciences:  Jeffords and Given Lots
Business Administration:  College Street Garage adjacent to the Hilton Hotel (free parking on Sunday)
Education and Social Services:  Gutterson Garage and Lot
Engineering and Mathematical Sciences:  College Street Garage adjacent to the Hilton Hotel (free parking on Sunday)
Environment and Natural Resources:  Sheraton Hotel Conference Center Parking Lot
Medicine:  Given Lot
Nursing and Health Sciences: University Health Center (UHC) Lot

Disabled Parking and Parking Assistance.
Disabled parking and parking assistance will be available at the Waterman Visitor Lot, Votey Lot, and the Gutterson Garage and Lot.

Shuttle Bus Service

On Saturday, shuttle bus service will be available from 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at designated bus stops at the Ira Allen Chapel, Jeffords Lot (Lot B), and Davis Center Oval for the Honors College Ceremony and reception. Buses will run every 10 minutes.

On Sunday,
shuttle bus service will be available from 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. at designated bus stops at Patrick Gym, Royall Tyler Theatre, Jeffords Lot (Lot B), Given Lot (Lot C), Davis Center Oval and the Sheraton Burlington Hotel Conference Center Parking Lot (Lot D). If there is a change of venue due to severe weather, the shuttle route will include the UHC lot (Lot E). A dedicated shuttle will run between the Flynn Theatre, Hilton Hotel, and Allen House (or Patrick Gym, the rain venue). Buses will run every 10 minutes.

Download a copy of the Commencement Parking Map and Quick Reference Guide.

(Pets)  May I bring my pet to the commencement ceremony?

Please note, only service animals are allowed during the Main Commencement Ceremony and college and school ceremonies. 

(Photography at Ceremonies)  Will there be a photographer at the college/school ceremonies?

GradImages, a professional commencement photography business, will photograph each graduate in their regalia at the following ceremonies:

  • Graduate College
  • Honors College
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business Administration
  • College of Education and Social Services
  • College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
  • College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Students are encouraged to pre-register online with GradImages for easy tracking of their Commencement Day proofs. Prints can be ordered online or by phone at 800-261-2576. Prices start at $9.95. See GradImages complete pricing and package list. Check the GradImages website for more details, daily specials and special price breaks throughout the summer.

UVM Medical Photography will photograph the College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony. 

In addition, University Photography at UVM will take candid photographs of the University Commencement Main Ceremony.  A link to the photo gallery will be posted on the commencement website shortly after commencement.

(Procession – Main Ceremony)  What is the route of the Academic Procession and where will students be seated?

Information to come. Please check back

(Rain. Severe Weather. Weather) What happens if it rains?

In the event of severe weather, the University Commencement Main Ceremony and the College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony will be moved indoors from the University Green to the Multipurpose Facility on the Athletic Campus. Unfortunately, seating is limited at this indoor facility. In an effort to ease congestion and improve everyone’s experience at these ceremonies, tickets will be required to attend each ceremony.

Degree candidates may request tickets online beginning at 12:00 noon on Monday, May 5 through Thursday, May 15 at 12:00 noon.  Candidates are allowed up to 2 tickets each for the Main Ceremony and up to 4 tickets each for the College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis. Beginning Friday, May 16, at 12:00 noon, any remaining tickets for the Main Ceremony and College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony will be released to degree candidates at a maximum of 2 additional tickets per candidate on a first come, first served basis.

Guests without tickets may view the ceremony on large screen display and closed-circuit TV on multiple floors of the Davis Center on the main campus.

Please note, a decision about whether or not to move this ceremony indoors will be made by 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 17. Students planning to invite guests to the Main Ceremony are strongly advised to request their tickets as early as possible, beginning May 5, as they are released on a first come, first served basis. 

(Seating) Where do I sit at the University Commencement Main Ceremony?

Seating is open and available on a first come, first served basis. All seats are good seats.  Jumbo screens are positioned at all venues so even those furthest away from the stage will have a good view of the ceremony.

In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Multipurpose Facility in the Athletic Complex.  Tickets will be required.

Guests without tickets may view the ceremony on large screen display and closed-circuit TV on multiple floors of the Davis Center on the main campus.

(Social Media) How can I celebrate my Commencement experience through social media with friends and family?

Share your photos and good wishes for graduates throughout commencement weekend with the hashtag #uvmgrad

(Tickets – Main Ceremony)  Do I need a ticket to attend the University Commencement Main Ceremony?

In the event of severe weather, the University Commencement Main Ceremony will be moved indoors from the University Green to the Multipurpose Facility on the Athletic Campus. Unfortunately, seating is limited at this indoor facility. In an effort to ease congestion and improve everyone’s experience at the ceremony, tickets will be required. University degree candidates may request up to 2 tickets each on line starting at 12:00 noon on Monday, May 5 through Thursday, May 15 at 12:00 noon. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis.  Beginning Friday, May 16 at 12:00 noon, any remaining tickets for the Main Ceremony will be released to degree candidates at a maximum of 2 additional tickets per candidate on a first come, first served basis. A decision about whether or not to move this ceremony indoors will be made by 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 17.

Tickets can only be reserved by the degree candidate.  Guests must connect with their degree candidate to receive tickets.  Guests without tickets may view the ceremony on large screen display and closed-circuit TV on multiple floors in the Davis Center on the main campus.

Students planning to invite guests to the Main Ceremony are strongly advised to request their tickets as early as possible, beginning May 5, as they are released on a first come, first served basis.

Please note:

  • Degree candidates do not need a ticket for themselves.
  • When reserving tickets, please note all times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
  • A live Webcast of all commencement ceremonies will be available on the web: Commencement Live
  • A DVD of the commencement ceremonies filmed by Vermont Public Television is available for purchase from the UVM Bookstore.

For more information, please visit the FAQ--Tickets web page.

(Tickets – College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony) Do I need tickets to attend the College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony?

In the event of severe weather, the College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony will be moved indoors from the University Green to the Multipurpose Facility on the Athletic Campus. Unfortunately, seating is limited at this indoor facility. In an effort to ease congestion and improve everyone’s experience at the ceremony, tickets will be required.  College of Arts and Sciences degree candidates may reserve up to 4 tickets each for the Arts and Sciences ceremony online starting at 12:00 noon on Monday, May 5 through Thursday, May 15 at 12:00 noon.  Beginning Friday, May 16, at 12:00 noon, any remaining tickets for the College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony will be released to degree candidates at a maximum of 2 additional tickets per candidate on a first come, first served basis. Please note, a decision about whether or not to move this ceremony indoors will be made by 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 17.

Tickets can only be reserved by the degree candidate.  Guests must connect with their degree candidate to receive tickets.  Guests without tickets may view the ceremony on large screen display and closed-circuit TV on multiple floors in the Davis Center on the main campus.

Students planning to invite guests to the College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony are strongly advised to request their tickets as early as possible, beginning May 5. After May 15 tickets are no longer guaranteed.

Please note:

  • Degree candidates do not need a ticket for themselves.
  • When reserving tickets, please note all times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
  • A live Webcast of all commencement ceremonies will be available on the web: Commencement Live
  • A DVD of the commencement ceremonies filmed by Vermont Public Television is available for purchase from the UVM Bookstore.

For more information, please visit the FAQ--Tickets web page. 

(Tickets – College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ceremony) Do I need tickets to attend the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ceremony?

Yes, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences ceremony in Ira Allen Chapel is a ticketed event. College of Nursing and Health Sciences degree candidates may reserve up to 4 tickets each for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences ceremony online, starting at 12:00 noon on Monday, May 5 until 12:00 noon on Thursday, May 15.  Beginning on Friday, May 16 at 12:00 noon, any remaining tickets for the CNHS ceremony will be released to degree candidates at a maximum of 2 additional tickets per candidate on a first come, first served basis.  

Tickets can only be reserved by the degree candidate.  Guests must connect with their degree candidate to receive tickets.  Guests without tickets may view the ceremony on large screen display and closed-circuit TV on multiple floors in the Davis Center on the main campus.

A live webcast of this ceremony will be available on the web at http://live.vpt.org/uvm/uvm.html. A DVD of the ceremony may be ordered from the University Bookstore.

  • Degree candidates do not need a ticket for themselves.
  • When reserving tickets, please note all times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
  • A live Webcast of all commencement ceremonies will be available on the web: Commencement Live
  • A DVD of the commencement ceremonies filmed by Vermont Public Television is available for purchase from the UVM Bookstore.

For more information, please visit the FAQ--Tickets web page. 

(Tickets – College of Medicine Ceremony)  Do I need tickets to attend the College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony?

Yes, the College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony in Ira Allen Chapel is a ticketed event. College of Medicine degree candidates are guaranteed up to 6 tickets each for the College of Medicine ceremony. Degree candidates may request tickets online starting at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, April 1 until Friday, May 9 at 12:00 noon. Guests without tickets may view the ceremony on large screen display in the Billings/Ira Allen Lecture Hall.

Tickets can only be reserved by the degree candidate.  Guests must connect with their degree candidate to receive tickets. 

Please note:

  • Degree candidates do not need a ticket for themselves.
  • When reserving tickets, please note all times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
  • A live Webcast of all commencement ceremonies will be available on the web: Commencement Live
  • A DVD of the commencement ceremonies filmed by Vermont Public Television is available for purchase from the UVM Bookstore.

For more information, please visit the FAQ--Tickets web page.

(Visually Impaired)  A member of my party is visually impaired. What accommodations are available?

Guests who are Visually Impaired may make arrangements for accommodations for parking, amplification, captioning, interpreters, large print or Braille programs by completing the online Deaf and Disability Accommodation Request Form If you need assistance completing this form or have any questions, please contact the office of Conference and Events Services at (802) 656-5665 (voice) or by email at conferences@uvm.edu for assistance.

Guests requesting deaf and disability accommodation will still need a ticket to attend the University Commencement Main Ceremony and/or College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony if these ceremonies are moved indoors to the Multipurpose Facility due to severe weather.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ceremony and the College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony in Ira Allen Chapel are ticketed events regardless of weather.  Guests requesting deaf and disability accommodations will still need a ticket to attend this ceremony.

(Walk Policy)  What is the University’s policy on allowing students to “walk” at commencement?

Please visit the following link for the complete Commencement Walk Policy.

(Webcast)  Will there be a live webcast of the University Commencement Main Ceremony?

Yes, those unable to attend the May Commencement Ceremony may view a live webcast by following the link posted on the university website: Commencement Live.

(Wi-Fi)  Will Wi-Fi be available on campus?

Limited free Wi-Fi will be available commencement weekend for your wireless devices.  To access, select the UVM Guest network.  No username or password is required. Please note, Wi-Fi will not be available at event venues.

(Wheelchairs)  Will wheelchairs be available for guests with mobility needs?

Guests should consider their mobility needs for the day. Ceremonies and receptions are generally a short walk or shuttle bus ride apart. UVM will have a limited number of wheelchairs available to transport individuals at each ceremony venue between the venue’s main entrance and their seat (please note, guests will not be able to remain in the transport wheelchair as UVM is unable to provide a wheelchair for all-day use). At the end of the ceremony, please locate an usher (wearing a yellow vest) to return with a wheelchair for assistance. If a wheelchair is needed for the full day, we recommend checking with local area vendors for availability. For other accommodations and requests, please refer to our Deaf and Disability Accommodation Request Form (the underlined text is the hyperlink to the form).

Please note, there is no designated “special seating section.”  All seats are good. Large screen displays are positioned so that even those furthest away from the stage will have a good view of the ceremony.  

(Flowers – Display)  What happens to the beautiful flower arrangements that decorate the campus and venues commencement weekend?

Many beautiful floral arrangements are used to enhance the stages and venues for the various ceremonies and events over commencement weekend.  At the end of commencement, these flowers will be donated to local nursing homes so that their beauty may continue to be enjoyed. 

(Flowers – To Purchase)  Will I be able to purchase flowers to give to my graduate at commencement?

Yes.  The Golden Key International Honour Society will be selling flower bouquets in two locations on the University Green both north and south of the Waterman Building. If the ceremony is moved indoors due to severe weather, the Golden Key International Honour Society will be selling flowers in the main lobbies of both the Patrick Gymnasium and the Multipurpose Facility.

(Photography – Portraits)  Will students have an opportunity to have a portrait taken wearing their cap and gown?

Students will have an opportunity during Senior Celebration (April 30) at the University Bookstore to have GradImages take cap and gown portraits and to pre-register for the photographs that will be taken of them as they cross the stage and graduate.

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