University of Vermont

Academic Ceremonies - Commencement

FAQ for Guests

FAQ for Guests

  1. What time should I arrive?
  2. Do I need tickets to attend the Commencement Ceremony?
  3. What is the University’s policy on allowing students to “walk” at commencement?
  4. Where do I sit?
  5. An elderly member of my party has mobility limitations. May I request special seating?
  6. Will I be able to take photographs?
  7. When will the graduates get their diplomas?
  8. Will there be dining options on campus?
  9. May a graduate who participated in the 2009 December Graduates Recognition Celebration now participate in the May 2010 Commencement Ceremony?
  10. Where do I park?
  11. What should I wear?
  12. What happens if it rains?
  13. On the day of commencement where can I go for more information or assistance?
  14. Will there be a webcast of the 206th Commencement Ceremony?
  15. I lost my invitation.  How may I request another?

1. What time should I arrive?

7:30 a.m. - Student and Faculty Line-up on for the Academic Procession on the CBW Green
8:15 a.m. - Academic Procession begins
9:00 a.m. - 206th Commencement Ceremony convened

Guests should arrive in time to be seated by 8:00 a.m.  The academic procession will begin promptly at 8:15 a.m. Once the procession has begun, not all walkways into the seating area will be open. Ushers will be on hand to assist.  When the procession has cleared the walkways, guest seating will be available again.

2. Do I need tickets to attend the Commencement Ceremony?

No, tickets are not required to attend the 206th Commencement Ceremony.

3. What is the University’s policy on allowing students to “walk” at commencement?

The Commencement “Walk” Policy states that only students who have successfully completed all degree requirements will be allowed to walk at Commencement and that exceptions are made only in truly exigent circumstances. For a complete transcript of the policy approved by the Associate Deans Group, please click here.

4. Where do I sit?

Seating is open and available on a first-come first-served basis.  Seats on the green will be facing west.  The College of Arts and Sciences will enter from the south end of the green, all other colleges/schools will enter from the north end. Jumbo screens will be positioned on the green to ensure that guests have a good view.

Please refer to the commencement web site for more details about the academic procession and to view the Procession Map and Seating Diagram.

5. An elderly member of my party has mobility limitations.  May I request special seating?

Yes. 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.

 6. Will I be able to take photographs?

GradImages is the official commencement photographer for the 206th Commencement Ceremony. They will photograph each graduate in their regalia participating in the ceremony.  GradImages will contact students to pre-register on-line with GradImages for easy tracking of their Commencement Day proofs.

In addition, GradImages will offer a free portrait session for graduates during Senior Celebration on April 28.  Each graduate who has a portrait photograph taken will receive a coupon redeemable for a free 5x7 photograph from their portrait session. For more details please download the document “GradImages.” Students are asked to schedule their portrait session appointment with GradImages on line. For more information please contact Brendan Andrews, UVM Bookstore, at 802-656-0989.

7. When will graduates get their diplomas?

Students who participate in the commencement ceremony will receive their diploma cover on stage. Diplomas will not be released until the commencement ceremony has concluded and will be distributed at the college/school diploma distribution sites.

Students who are unable to pick up their diploma on Sunday, May 23, may do so at the Student Service Center (third floor, Waterman Building) during the week following commencement.  Remaining diplomas will be mailed. Please confirm your post commencement mailing address by updating your permanent address from within myUVM

Questions regarding diplomas should be addressed to the registrar’s office 802-656-2045.

8. Will there be dining options on campus?

The Marketplace, located on the 2nd floor of the Davis Center, will be open from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm 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 7:00 am to 2:00 pm under the Concession Tents on the University Green. 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.

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

9. May a graduate who participated in the 2009 December Graduates Recognition Celebration now participate in the May 2010 Commencement Ceremony?

Yes, students who participated in the 2009 December Graduates Recognition Celebration are welcome to participate in the May 2010 Commencement Ceremony.  Graduates are advised to contact their college/school to make these arrangements.

10. Where do I park?

On Sunday, May 23, parking on campus will be available in any designated parking lot identified with this symbol P.

Shuttles buses will run between parking lots, the commencement ceremony and reception locations.  To download a copy of the 206th Commencement Quick Reference Guide and Parking Map click here.

11. What should I wear?

The commencement 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 wet or cool weather.

12. What happens if it rains?

Commencement will be held outdoors on the University Green, rain or shine. Temperatures in May can vary greatly. Graduates and guests are advised to dress appropriately for the weather.

For visitor comfort, indoor viewing with large screen display will be available in Waterman Memorial Lounge, Ira Allen Chapel, Billings-Ira Allen Lecture Hall, and Patrick Gymnasium.

In the event of severe weather, the Commencement Ceremony will be held indoors at the Multipurpose Facility in the Athletic Complex. Overflow seating will be available in the adjoining Patrick Gymnasium and in the Gutterson Fieldhouse where the ceremony can be watched on large screen closed-circuit TV.

Beginning at 1:00 pm, Saturday afternoon, May 22, information regarding a change of venue will be available on the UVM home page at www.uvm.edu or by calling (802) 656-3309 or toll free (800) 903-6601. 

13.  On the day of commencement where can I go for more information or assistance?

Information tables will be set up at the Student Service Center in the main lobby of the Waterman Building, and on the University Green both north and south of the Waterman Building. 

Commencement Ushers will be available to help guests navigate around the University Green and into the seating area. 

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

14.  Will there be a webcast of the 206th Commencement Ceremony?

Yes, out-of town family and friends may view a live webcast of the 206th Commencement Ceremony by following the link posted on the university website www.uvm.edu.

15. I lost my invitation.  How may I request another?

Tickets or a copy of the invitation are not necessary to gain entry to the ceremony.  However, please feel free to download the Commencement Invitation.

Last modified May 16 2010 06:33 AM

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