University of Vermont

Academic Ceremonies - May Commencement

FAQ - Students

Commencement FAQ A to Z

App for UVM Commencement Parking
Arrival Time Pets
ASL Phi Beta Kappa
Awards Photography at Ceremonies
Bottled Water Photography - Portraits
Caps and Gowns, Regalia Procession - Main Ceremony
Ceremonies Rain
Class Ring Refreshments
Clothing - What to Wear Regalia, Caps and Gowns
Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf Blind Severe Weather
December or May Ceremonies Social Media
Diplomas Tickets for Students
Double Degrees Tickets - Main Ceremony
DVD Tickets - College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony
Flowers-Display Tickets - College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ceremony
Food Concessions Tickets - College of Medicine Ceremony
Guidebook Tickets - Main Ceremony (for Graduate College or College of Medicine Students)
Hearing Amplification Visually Impaired
Honors College Walk Policy
Invitations Weather
Latin Honors Webcast
Mobility Limitations Wi-Fi Access

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

The University of Vermont has partnered with Guidebook [www.guidebook.com] 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!

Click here to download the Guidebook app.  (Link will be posted by April 15th, please check back.)

Limited Free Wi-Fi is available 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.

(Arrival Time) What time should I arrive?

The University Commencement Main Ceremony – Sunday, May 18
Undergraduate students are asked to arrive at the Chittenden-Buckham-Wills (CBW) Green by 7:45 a.m. wearing their academic regalia. Students will line up with their college/school. The Ceremony will begin at 8:20 a.m. Degrees will be conferred by the president at this 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.

In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Multipurpose Facility in the Athletic Complex. Student line-up will be in the Gardner-Collins Indoor Track at 7:45 a.m. Tickets will be required for guests; guests without tickets may view the ceremony on large screen display and closed-circuit TV in the Davis Center on the main campus.

Please leave adequate time to park and shuttle to your ceremony.

Individual College and School Ceremonies – Sunday, May 18
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.

Graduate College Commencement Ceremony – Saturday, May 17
Graduate College students are asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. at 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 p.m. in Patrick Gymnasium. Graduate degrees will be conferred at this ceremony; students will be hooded and be presented with their diploma on stage.

Please leave adequate time to park and shuttle to your ceremony.

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.  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.

(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.

(Awards)  When will I be notified if I have received any awards?

The Outstanding Student Leadership Awards are among the most prestigious awards presented at the University of Vermont.  Recipients are nominated by fellow members of the campus community, including students, faculty and staff, for their leadership, scholarship and service to the university. The 2014 Student Leadership Awards -- Mary Jean Simpson Award, F.T. Kidder Medal, Class of ’67 Award, Keith M. Miser Leadership Award, and Elmer Nicholson Achievement Prize -- will be announced during the University Commencement Main Ceremony on Sunday, May 18:

College/School department awards are generally celebrated during Honors Day, Friday, April 18, unless otherwise noted by your college/school. Please direct questions to your college/school.

(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.

(Class Ring)  How do I order a class ring?

Class rings are available to purchase from either Balfour or Anulas.  To learn more about Balfour rings or to purchase a ring, please visit http://balfourvt.com or contact Balfour representative Paul Trono at (802) 658-6126 or paul.trono@balfour-rep.com.  To learn more about Anulas rings or to purchase a ring, please visit http://anulas.com/uvm.  A representative from Balfour will be at the UVM Bookstore Wednesday, April 30th (during Senior Celebration) for those wishing to order Balfour class rings.

(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) I participated in the December 2013 Commencement Ceremony, may I 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.

Please confirm your post commencement mailing address by updating your permanent address from within myUVM.

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.

Please confirm your post commencement mailing address by updating your permanent address from within myUVM.

College of Medicine Diplomas:
Diplomas will be awarded at The College of Medicine Commencement 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.

Please confirm your post commencement mailing address by updating your permanent address from within myUVM.

(Double Degrees)  I have a double degree, may I choose which college/school to walk with at the University Commencement Main Ceremony?

Yes. Students with a double degree (for example: BA from the College of Arts and Sciences and a BS from the School of Business Administration) must choose one school or college to walk with in the Academic Procession at the University Commencement Main Ceremony. For college/school ceremonies, if ceremony times conflict, graduates will need to choose which ceremony they would like to walk in. Graduates must inform each college/school of their decision.

(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 April 28.

(Food Concessions. Refreshments)  Will refreshments be available on campus on May 17th and May 18th?

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.

(Honors College)  I am an Honors College student, should I line-up with Honors College or my home college/school for the University Commencement Main Ceremony? 

Honors College students are asked to line-up with the Honors College for the University Commencement Main Ceremony. Please contact the Honors College with any concerns or questions.

(Invitations) I would like to send friends and family members an invitation to the University Commencement Main Ceremony, how do I receive invitations?

Please feel free to download as a PDF the appropriate commencement invitation to send to your guests.

The University Commencement Main Ceremony Invitation
Graduate College Commencement Ceremony Invitation
College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony Invitation

Please note that the commencement invitation is not a ticket. If the University Commencement Main Ceremony and College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony are moved indoors due to severe weather, tickets will be required and seating is limited. Tickets are required for the College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony and College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ceremony regardless of weather. Ticket FAQs.

(Latin Honors)  When will I be notified if I have received Latin Honors?

Latin honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude) are determined when all grades for seniors have been submitted. The Registrar’s Office anticipates making these names available on the Thursday prior to commencement. Students graduating with honors will receive an Honors Medallion from their college/school to wear at commencement to signify their achievement. Their diploma will also include this distinction.

For more information about how honors are awarded please consult the University Catalogue.

(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 College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ceremony in Ira Allen Chapel are ticketed event regardless of weather.  Guests requesting deaf and disability accommodations will still need tickets 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.

Agriculture and Life Sciences:  Gutterson Garage and Lot
Arts and Sciences:  Jeffords Lot and Given Lot
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
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.

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 Jefford Lot (Lot B), Ira Allen Chapel, 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), 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. 

(Phi Beta Kappa)  When will I be notified if I have been invited to join Phi Beta Kappa?

The resident members of the Alpha of Vermont meet twice annually to elect students to membership in the chapter. After those elections, students are contacted and invited to attend an induction ceremony. Only students who attend an induction ceremony and sign the chapter book become members of Phi Beta Kappa. The spring induction ceremony will be Saturday, May 17, at 9:15 a.m. in the Royall Tyler Theatre.

(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 on-line 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.

When reserving tickets, please note all times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

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. 

(Caps and Gowns, Regalia)  When may I get my academic regalia?

A complete outfit is required to participate in the commencement ceremonies. Academic regalia is available through the UVM Bookstore beginning Monday, April 28.

Senior Celebration at the UVM Bookstore is Wednesday, April 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join the fun and pick-up your cap and gown, diploma frame, and announcements while enjoying some refreshments provided by Sodexo. All in-stock diploma frames from Church Hill Classics will be discounted 25% that day and there will be a raffle for a diploma frame and other items. 

Also, GradImages will be on hand during Senior Celebration to take cap and gown portraits and to pre-register students for the photographs that will be taken of them as they cross the stage and graduate.  

(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 for Students)  As a student, do I need a ticket to attend my commencement ceremony (University Commencement Main Ceremony, Graduate College Commencement Ceremony, or College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony)?

No, degree candidates dressed in academic regalia and participating in their academic procession do not need a ticket.

Note: Tickets are not needed for degree candidates for any ceremonies, including individual college/school ceremonies.

(Tickets – Main Ceremony)  Do my guests 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 my guests 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.

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.

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 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 in the Billings-Ira Allen Lecture Hall.

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.

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 Medicine Ceremony)  Do my guests 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 on-line 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.

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

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.

(Tickets – Main Ceremony for Graduate College and College of Medicine Students)  If I am a degree candidate in the Graduate College or College of Medicine and would like to attend the University Commencement Main Ceremony, how do I get tickets if the ceremony is moved indoors?

Degree candidates from the Graduate College or College of Medicine who would like to reserve tickets (2 each maximum) for the University Commencement Main Ceremony on Sunday, May 18 at 8:20 am, should it move indoors to the Multipurpose Facility on the Athletics Complex, must do so with their respective Dean’s Office in the Graduate College or College of Medicine by Tuesday, April 29.

If you are a degree candidate in the Graduate College, please call 802-656-3160 or email dan.harvey@uvm.edu.

If you are a degree candidate in the College of Medicine, please call 802-656-0722 or email Barbara.Brisson@uvm.edu. You will be asked to provide your name, email address and local address.

Please note: degree candidates from the Graduate College or College of Medicine will not participate in the University Commencement Main Ceremony as this ceremony is primarily to confer undergraduate degrees. The Graduate College Commencement Ceremony on May 17 and College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony on May 18 are full commencement ceremonies. However, we realize that some degree candidates from the Graduate College and College of Medicine may want to attend the Main Ceremony to hear the commencement speaker.

(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.

(Photography - Portraits)  Will I have an opportunity to have a portrait taken wearing my 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.  

(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.

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