University of Vermont

Academic Ceremonies - Commencement

Guest Information

Guest Information

Due to a favorable weather forecast for Sunday, May 17, the main commencement ceremony at 9:00 am will be held outdoors on the University Green as planned. The following information is provided to help our guests find the services they need on campus during Commencement on Sunday, May 17, 2009. Details.

Information Center

Outdoor Ceremony: Information tables can be found at the Student Service Center in the main lobby of the Waterman Building, on the University Green north of the Waterman Building, on the plaza in front of the Royall Tyler Theatre, and in the main lobby of Patrick Gymnasium.

Snacks, Refreshments and Dining Options

The Marketplace, located on the 2nd floor of the Davis Center, is open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm serving deli sandwiches, salads, fruits, snacks, and beverages.

Outdoor Ceremony: Snacks and refreshments (hot dogs, sandwiches, fruit, cookies, muffins, chips and beverages) are available for purchase from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm under the Concession Tents on the University Green, and in front of Patrick Gymnasium from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The Waterman Café in the lower level of the Waterman Building will be open from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm serving “to go” sandwiches and salads, snacks, and beverages.


Outdoor ceremony: Restrooms are located at the Waterman parking lot, the visitor/reserved parking lot on College Street and in the Waterman Building (south entrance). All restrooms are handicapped accessible.

Indoor Viewing of Main Ceremony

Outdoor Ceremony: Guests may view the main commencement ceremony indoors on closed-circuit TV in either Memorial Lounge, main level Waterman Building, or the Billings/Ira Allen Lecture Hall.

Special Needs

Ushers wearing yellow vests are available to assist with requests for: FM hearing impaired devices, commencement programs in Braille, special assistance seating.

Flower Sales

Outdoor Ceremony: The Golden Key International Honour Society is selling flowers on the University Green north of the Waterman Building and at the Royall Tyler Theatre Plaza.

UVM Bookstore

The UVM Bookstore is located in the Davis Center. It offers a complete supply of UVM clothing, gifts, diploma frames, and other merchandise.  Henderson’s Café, located in the bookstore, serves a variety of coffees. Hours are:
Outdoor Ceremony:  7:45 am – 3:00 pm

Commencement DVD

A 90-minute video of the 205th Commencement Ceremony is available from the UVM Bookstore at $19.99 plus $5.99 shipping and handling (allow 4 weeks for delivery). The Bookstore may be reached by phone: (802) 656-3290 or toll free (800) 331-7305, email:, or on the web at

Lost and Found

Outdoor Ceremony:  Lost and found for people and property is located at the Information Center at the Royall Tyler Theatre plaza, on the University Green north of the Waterman Building and in the main lobby of Patrick Gymnasium. After 4:00 pm please contact UVM Police Services at (802) 656-3473. They are located at 284 East Ave.

Shuttle Bus Service

Outdoor Ceremony: Shuttle busses will run every 10 minutes from designated bus stops at Partick Gym, Royall Tyler Theatre, Given Lot, Ag/Engineering Lot, and the Conference Center at the Sheraton.  A dedicated shuttle will run between the Flynn Theatre, Hilton Hotel, and Allen House.

First Aid

Outdoor Ceremony: First aid facilities are available during the main commencement ceremony. The UVM Rescue Squad will be located in front of the University Health Center on South Prospect Street.


In the event of a true emergency, dial (802) 656-3473 from a cell phone to reach the UVM Police Services or use one of the “Blue Light” emergency phones located throughout the campus. In either case you will be connected immediately with the emergency dispatcher.

Last modified May 16 2009 10:54 AM

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