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Academic Ceremonies - Commencement

Commencement Schedule

2008 Commencement Schedule

Due to an unfavorable weather forecast for Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, the Graduate College Hooding Ceremony, main Commencement Ceremony, and College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony have been moved indoors to the Athletic Campus.

Below is the updated commencement schedule as of May 16, 2008. Please continue to check this website for updates. For other events please visit the campus calendar of events.
Thank you.


Saturday, May 17, 2008


Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony
9:00 a.m.
Royall Tyler Theatre
Induction of members in course, undergraduate and graduates, into the Alpha Chapter of Vermont, Phi Beta Kappa. Initiates will sign the chapter's register volume, now in its 161st year. Guests welcome. For information, contact Jacques Bailly at (802) 656-0993.

UVM ROTC Commissioning
10:00 a.m.
UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus
A reception from 9 - 10 a.m. will precede the ceremony. Tickets or reservations are not required. For more information, contact Linda Blake at 656-2966 or Linda.Blake@uvm.edu.


Robing of Ira Allen and Traditional Flower Planting
12:00 noon
University Green and Main Street by the Davis Center (please note new location)
Join the Senior Class of 2008 for this annual tradition of robing of Ira Allen and traditional planting of perennial flowers. Sponsored by the TOWERR and Boulder societies.

Graduate College Hooding Ceremony
1:00 p.m.
Patrick Gymnasium
Letter from the Dean

Due to an unfavorable weather forecast, the Graduate College Hooding Ceremony will be held INDOORS at Patrick Gymnasium.

Faculty and students planning to process should arrive by 12:00 p.m. with their cap, gown and hood at the multipurpose facility. A reception will follow the Hooding Ceremony in the main lobby of Patrick Gymnasium. For questions, contact the Graduate College, (802) 656-3160 or gradcoll@uvm.edu. (updated Friday, May 18, 2007)

Honors College Ceremony
3:30 p.m.
Ira Allen Chapel

Parking has been moved from UHC Lot to Lot C (Water Tower Lot). Shuttles will run between Ira Allen and Lot C/Davis Center from 2:30 to 5:00 pm. Handicap parking will be provided behind Ira Allen for the ceremony and at the Davis Center Oval for the reception.

The academic procession will form at 3:00 p.m. in Cook Commons. A reception for graduates, family and friends will follow at 4:30 p.m. Please note, the location of the reception has been changed from Billings Hall to the Silver Maple Ballroom in the Dudley H. Davis Student Center. Tickets are not required. For more information contact Patty Redmond at (802) 656-0427 or Patricia.Redmond@uvm.edu.

Alumni Association Reception
(Invitation only)
4:30 p.m.
Englesby House, 112 South Williams Street
(Please note the reception has been moved from the Mansfield Room in the Davis Center to
Englesby House. Parking is available on College and South Williams streets or in the Visitors Lot
on upper College Street.)
A special reception sponsored by the UVM Alumni Association and the UVM Parent Council for student leaders, donors to the Class of 2008 gift, and parents who have been volunteers and donors to the University.


Sunday, May 18, 2008


204th Commencement Ceremony of the University of Vermont
9:00 a.m.
Multipurpose Facility at the Athletic Complex

Due to an unfavorable weather forecast, the main commencement ceremony will be held INDOORS at the Multipurpose Facility at Patrick Gymnasium. Overflow seating will be available in the adjoining Patrick Gymnasium (closed-circuit TV). Seating is on a first come first serve basis; tickets are not required. Doors will open at 6:30 am.

Students, dressed in cap and gown, will line up for the academic procession at 8 a.m. in the Gardner-Collins Indoor Track in the Athletic Complex and will proceed to the Multipurpose Facility where they will sit together.

Faculty dressed in regalia will line up for the academic procession at 8 a.m. in the Varsity Strength and Conditioning Center (formerly known as the gymnastics facility) at Patrick Gymnasium.

The academic procession will begin at 8:20 a.m.

The president will confer degrees on the graduates by college and school. Author Julia Alvarez will give the commencement address. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Alvarez, Carole Burack, Daniel A. Burack, Eric S. Lipton, Sister Janice E. Ryan, Gladys Clark Severance and Malcolm F. Severance.

For recorded information call (802) 656-3309 or toll free (800) 903-6601. For specific questions call (802) 656-3131 on Saturday, May 19, from 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 pm and Sunday, May 20, from 6:00 a.m. - 4:30 pm.

College and School Ceremonies and Receptions

11:45 a.m.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Multipurpose Facility, Athletic Complex
The academic procession will form at 11:00 a.m. in the Gardner-Collins Indoor Track. Tickets are not required. A reception for graduates, family and friends will follow immediately. Please note the location of the reception has changed from the Silver Maple Ballroom to the Grand Maple Ballroom in the Dudley H. Davis Student Center. Reservations for the reception are required. For more information contact Heather Palow at (802) 656-2980, Heather.Palow@uvm.edu or visit the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Services Office in 106 Morrill Hall.

11:45 a.m.
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Ira Allen Chapel (overflow seating will be available (closed-circuit TV) in the Billings-Ira Allen Lecture Hall)
The academic procession will form in Cook Commons in the Billings Addition at 11:00 a.m. Tickets are required for the ceremony. A reception will follow for graduates, faculty, family and friends in the Billings Hall. Tickets are not required for the reception. For more information contact the Office of Student Services at (802) 656-3858 or cnhsoss@uvm.edu.

11:45 a.m.
The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
The University of Vermont Conference Center at the Sheraton
The ceremony will be held in the Lake Champlain Exposition Hall. The academic procession will form at 11:15 a.m. in the Diamond Ballroom. Tickets are not required. A reception for graduates, family and friends will follow in the Emerald Ballroom. For more information contact Marcia Caldwell at (802) 656-3010 or Marcia.Caldwell@uvm.edu.

12:30 p.m.
College of Education and Social Services
Commencement Newsletter
Patrick Gymnasium, Athletic Complex
The academic procession will form at 12:00 noon in the hallway around the top level above the pool. Tickets are not required. A reception will precede the ceremony beginning at 10:45 a.m. Please note the location of the reception has changed from the Harris/Millis Lounge to the Grand Maple Ballroom in the Dudley H. Davis Student Center. For more information, contact Beth Ann Mohler at (802) 656-3468 or Beth.Mohler@uvm.edu.

2:00 p.m.
School of Business Administration
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
The academic procession will form backstage at the Flynn at 1:15 p.m. students should enter the Flynn through the alley off Church Street. A reception for graduates and their families will follow at the Hilton Burlington Hotel. Tickets are not required. For more information, contact Amelia Coleman at (802) 656-4015 or studentservices@bsad.uvm.edu.

2:30 p.m.
College of Arts and Sciences
Multipurpose Facility at the Athletic Complex
Due to an unfavorable weather forecast, the College of Arts and Sciences ceremony will be held INDOORS at the Multipurpose Facility in the Athletic Complex. Overflow seating will be available in the adjoining Patrick Gymnasium (closed-circuit TV). Tickets are not required.

The academic procession will form at 1:30 p.m. in the Gardner-Collins Indoor Track in the Athletic Complex.

Diplomas may be picked up in the Davis Center Olin Atrium on Sunday, May 18, following the ceremony from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Students will need to provide ID in order to pick up their diploma. Students can also pick up their diplomas at the Student Service Center in Waterman, Monday to Friday, May 19-23, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Any diplomas left after May 23 will be mailed to the permanent (home) address on record the week of May 26.

For information contact Arts and Sciences at (802) 656-3344 or cas@uvm.edu

2:30 p.m.
College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
The University of Vermont Conference Center at the Sheraton
The ceremony will be held in the Lake Champlain Exposition Hall. The academic procession will form at 2:00 p.m in the Diamond Ballroom. A reception for graduates, family and friends will follow in the Emerald Ballroom. Tickets are not required. For more information, contact Joan Jordan at 802-656-2673 or Joan.Jordan@uvm.edu.

2:30 p.m.
College of Medicine
Ira Allen Chapel
The academic procession will form at 1:45 p.m. in Cook Commons. A reception at 4:00 pm will be held in the Ambulatory Care Center Atrium at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Tickets are not required but attendance must be confirmed by contacting Mary Lou Keirnan at (802) 656-2152 or MaryLou.Keirnan@uvm.edu.

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