University of Vermont

Academic Ceremonies - Commencement

FAQ for Students

FAQ for Students

  1. What time should I arrive?
  2. I have a double degree may I choose which college/school to walk with?
  3. What is the University’s policy on allowing students to “walk” at commencement?
  4. When may I get my academic regalia?
  5. An elderly member of my party has mobility limitations. May I request special seating?
  6. Will there be a photographer at the 206th Commencement Ceremony?
  7. When will I get my diplomas?
  8. I participated in the December Graduates Recognition Celebration may I now participate in the May Commencement Ceremony?
  9. When will I be notified if I have been invited to join Phi Beta Kappa?
  10. When will I be notified if I have received any senior awards?
  11. How do I order a senior year book?
  12. How do I order a class ring?
  13. Where do I park for the 206th Commencement Ceremony?
  14. What should I wear?
  15. What happens if it rains?
  16. Will there be a webcast of the 206th Commencement Ceremony?
  17. I would like to send friends and family members an invitation to the commencement ceremony?  How may I get additional invitations.

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

Students are asked to arrive on the CBW Green at 7:30 a.m., in their regalia, to line-up for the Academic Procession.  Please be prompt.  Upon arrival, students will check-in with their college/school coordinator and receive a pre-printed name card.  Students must have a name card to walk on stage.

Students will line-up alphabetically by college/school.  Please note:

  • Honors College students will line-up behind their Honors College banner and then alphabetical by their home college/school.
  • Graduate College students will line-up by degree. 
  • Doctoral students will be first and they will be hooded on stage by their dissertation advisor. 
  • Master’s degree students will follow and will wear their hoods.

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

2. I have a double degree, may I choose which college/school to walk with?

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 to walk with in the Academic Procession and inform each college/school contact of that decision.

3. Does the University of Vermont have a "walk" policy?

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. When may I get my academic regalia?

Academic regalia is available through the UVM Bookstore beginning April 21. 

Senior Celebration at the Bookstore is Wednesday, April 28, from 10 am to 3 pm. This is a great time to join the fun and pick-up your cap and gown, diploma frame, and announcements while enjoying some refreshments. All in-stock diploma frames will be discounted 25% that day and there will be a raffle for a diploma frame and other items.

In addition, GradImages, the official commencement photographer for the 206th Commencement Ceremony, 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.

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 there be a photographer at the 206th Commencement Ceremony?

GradImages is the official commencement photographer for the 206th Commencement Ceremony. They will photograph each graduate in their regalia participating in the ceremony. Students are encouraged 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 I get my diploma?

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 after June 1. 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. I participated in the December Graduates Recognition Celebration. May I now participate in the May Commencement Ceremony?

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

9. When will I be notified if I have been invited to join Phi Beta Kappa?

Phi Beta Kappa will contact new inductees shortly before commencement.  Phi Beta Kappa will host an induction ceremony on Saturday, May 22 at 9:00 a.m. in the Royall Tyler Theatre.

10. When will I be notified if I have received any senior awards?

The Outstanding Student Leadership Awards are among the most prestigious awards presented by the University of Vermont.  Recipients have been nominated by fellow members of the campus community, including students, faculty and staff, for their leadership, scholarship and service to the University. The 2010 Student Leadership awards will be announced during the 206th Commencement Ceremony:  Mary Jean Simpson Award, F.T. Kidder Medal, Class of ’67 Award, Keith M. Miser Leadership Award, and Elmer Nicholson Achievement Prize. 

Students graduating with honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude and 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. These students will receive an Honors Medallion to wear at commencement to signify their achievement. For more information about how honors are awarded please consult the University Catalogue.

College/School department awards are generally celebrated during Honors Day, Friday April 16, unless otherwise noted by your college/school.  Please direct questions to your college/school.

11. How do I order a senior year book?

You can order a copy of Folklore at the senior class website.

12. How do I order a class ring.

A representative from ArtCarved Balfour will be at the UVM Bookstore on Wednesday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (during Senior Celebration) for those wishing to order class rings.  For more information, please contact Paul Trono at paul.trono@balfour-rep.com or 802-658-6126.

13. Where do I park for the 206th Commencement Ceremony?

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.

14. 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.

15. 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. 

16.  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.

17. I would like to send friends and family members an invitation to the commencement ceremony?  How may I get additional invitations.

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 to send to your guests.

Last modified May 16 2010 06:34 AM

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