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Academic Procession

Academic Procession - Outdoor Ceremony

Commencement Diagrams and Seating Plans (Outdoor Ceremony)
Line-up on the CBW Green
Academic Procession
Commencement Ceremony

Student / Faculty Academic Procession:

The 206th Commencement Ceremony of the University of Vermont will be held outdoors on the University Green on Sunday, May 23. Students and faculty are asked to be at their line-up location on the CBW Green by 7:30 a.m. The procession will begin at 8:15 a.m. The Commencement Ceremony will be convened at 9:00 a.m.

7:30 am • Line-Up on the CBW Green

Students
Upon arrival, Students will be directed with the help of College/School Coordinators, Volunteers, and College/School Marshals to their line-up position as they arrive. Signs and tables will be planted along the west edge of the Fleming/CBW Green with the name of each college/school in the following order from north (Fleming Museum) to south (Bailey-Howe):  Graduate College, College of Medicine, Honors College, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Business Administration, Education and Social Services, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Environment and Natural Resources, Nursing and Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences.

Students must check-in at their college/school table to receive their pre-printed “Student Name Card.” Pens will be available for students to add phonetic spelling of their name (if necessary) and/or permanent email address on reverse of name card to expedite receipt of photo proofs. PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY.  Every student will need a name card as they walk on stage; this will be the only means of announcement. 

Graduate College
Doctoral students will be first and arranged alphabetically by school and degree.  Doctoral students with the same dissertation advisor will be grouped together. Doctoral students will carry their hoods over their left arm and be hooded on stage by their dissertation advisor. Masters degree students will wear their hoods. Graduate College Coordinators and volunteers will assist with the line-up order.

College of Medicine
Students in the College of Medicine will rise to be recognized during the Commencement Ceremony. They will not walk across the stage or need pre-printed student name cards.  The College of Medicine Ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel.  For details, please contact the College of Medicine.

Honors College
Honors College students will line-up in alphabetical order by home college/school. The College/School Coordinator and volunteers will assist with the line-up order.

Faculty
Faculty will be divided into 2 groups on the north and south end of the green.  One Faculty Marshal will head the faculty line-up at the north flank and one Faculty Marshal at the south flank.  Faculty on the north flank will line-up in the following order:  Dissertation advisors, faculty relations with a child graduating, emeriti faculty, class of 2010 emeriti faculty, current faculty (non-CAS).  Faculty on the south flank will line-up as follows:  current faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dissertation Advisors will be arranged to correspond with the order of the graduating doctoral students. The Graduate College will assist with the line-up of dissertation advisors. Dissertation advisors will sit in the northern front two rows of the reserved section for easy access to the stage.

Faculty relations with a child or spouse graduating have been invited to present their student with their diploma cover on stage.  This group of faculty will follow the dissertation advisors.

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8:15 a.m. • Academic Procession

The academic procession will leave CBW Green and enter the University Green from the north and south ends. Faculty will process 2 x 2; students will process 4 x 4.

Northern Flank

The northern flank will follow the roadway between Cook and Kalkin Hall to University Place. The order of the northern flank will be: 

  1. Faculty Marshal North
  2. Faculty (as detailed above)
  3. Students: College/School Marshals will lead each college/school, followed by that school’s Banner Bearer, followed by the graduating students of that college/school. Students will process in this order:
    • Graduate College: Doctoral followed by Masters
    • College of Medicine
    • Honors College
    • Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Business Administration
    • Education and Social Services
    • Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
    • Environment and Natural Resources
    • Nursing and Health Sciences

Southern Flank

The Faculty Marshal South will lead the College of Arts and Sciences faculty and students from the CBW Green to the University Green by walking east (away from the green) to the far end of Bailey Howe Library, around to the front of the library, and then along the pathway between Royall Tyler Theatre and Morrill Hall on their way to University Place. 

The order of the southern flank will be:

  1. Faculty Marshal South
  2. College of Arts and Sciences current faculty
  3. College/School Marshals
    • College of Arts and Sciences Banner Bearer
    • College of Arts and Sciences students

When both the North and South Faculty Marshals reach University Place, they will divide and face inward. Students will continue in review through the line stopping at the University Green.

When the procession arrives at the top of the Green, the University Herald will announce the arrival of the Class of 2010.

Student Procession
At the start of the processional march performed by the University Brass Ensemble, the student procession will begin.  The northern flank will be cued first. The southern flank will be cued after the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Students will walk in review of the faculty across University Place and enter the Green.  As they come in view, the Herald will announce the arrival of each college/school and introduce the banner bearer.

The procession will proceed along the diagonal paths until the sidewalk in front of the Waterman Building.  At this point the northern flank will turn left toward their seating blocks.

Ushers will direct the College/School Marshals as they enter the seating area. College/School Marshals will sit in the row with their students (not necessarily in seats on the aisle). This will help denote the beginning and ending of each school during the degree presentation.

Ushers will fill the student seating blocks from the center blocks out and from front to back.  Students will enter their seating block from the south side only. The College of Arts and Sciences will sit in seating blocks south of the center aisle. All other schools/colleges will sit in seating blocks north of the center aisle. The College of Medicine will sit in the northern seating block immediately on their left as they walk down the diagonal path. 

As each seating block fills, ushers will guide the procession to the next seating block. 

Faculty Procession
As soon as the last student passes the faculty, each of the north and south flanks of the faculty, will close ranks and form a single file. Faculty Marshals North and South will lead their flank along University Place in review of the platform party.  They will meet at the center path entrance to the green and wait for their cue to continue. When the student procession has cleared the aisle the faculty will be cued and the University Herald will announce the University of Vermont faculty entering the Green.

Faculty Marshals North and South will pair up and lead the faculty procession down the center aisle, 2 x 2, dividing around the fountain. Ushers will assist.

Platform Party Procession

When the faculty and students are in place, the UVM Brass Ensemble will stop playing.  The Platform Party will be announced by the University Herald.  They will procede across the Green led by the University Marshal, Police Services Honor Guard, and the Pipes and Drums of St. Andrews Society of Vermont.

Once on stage the University Marshal will convene the 206th Commencement Ceremony.

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9:00 a.m. • Commencement Ceremony

Beginning with the Graduate College, students will be guided by ushers to begin their line up following the Student Leadership Awards presentation. 

Ushers will instruct students to exit their row from the north side, walk UP the aisle (away from the stage) and turn left onto the broad north-south aisle behind the student seating blocks, walk to the end of the 4th northern most student seating block, turn left and proceed down the aisle. (Students in the 4th northern most student seating block will exit their seats on the north side and immediately turn left to form their line to the platform.)

Ushers will maintain a steady flow of students in this manner being mindful to prevent a stagnating line. Seating blocks will be emptied front to back, in the following order: Graduate College, Honors College, Agriculture, Business, Education, Engineering, Environment and Natural Resources, Nursing, and Arts and Sciences.  The line will wait at the end of the seating block until cued to move forward to the north side stairs of the platform. 

GradImages, the Commencement portrait photographer, will photograph each student in line and as the cross the stage. 

All students will ascend the stage using the north stairs.  Masters and undergraduates will hand the name reader their name card and immediately begin to cross the stage AS THEIR NAME IS BEING READ.  Students will maintain a constant flow in this manner.

Doctoral Students

Graduate College doctoral students will carry their hood over their left arm.  As they approach the stage, ushers will cue dissertation advisors to join their advisee in line. If an advisor has more than one student advisee, they will stand with the first advisee. Advisors will precede their student ascending the stage and get into position to hood their student.  Upon ascending the stage, doctoral students will hand their name card to the name reader, hand their hood to their dissertation advisor to be hooded, receive their diploma cover from the Dean of the Graduate College, greet the interim provost and president, then exit the stage using the south side stairs.

Master Degree Students

Masters degree students will wear their hoods for the commencement ceremony.  They will ascend the stage, hand their name card to the name reader, receive their diploma cover from the Dean of the Graduate College, and greet the interim provost and president, before exiting the stage using the south side stairs.

The first and last Graduate College students to exit the platform will follow a College/School Marshal back to their seating section.

Honors College

Honors College students will line-up by home college/school.  The Dean of the Honors College will present his students for their Honors College Scholars designation.  As each college/school student group approaches the stage the home college/school dean will be called to present their students for their bachelors degree. The Honors College student will ascend the stage, hand their name card to the name reader, receive their diploma cover from their home college/school dean, receive their Honors College Medallion from the Dean of the Honors College, then greet the interim provost and president, before exiting the stage using the south side stairs.

The first and last Honors College students to exit the platform will follow a College/School Marshal back to their seating section.

Undergraduate Colleges/Schools

Students in the undergraduate colleges/schools will process by college/school to the stage in the following order:  Agriculture, Business, Education and Social Services, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Environment and Natural Resources, Nursing, and Arts and Sciences. Each student will ascend the stage, hand their name card to the name reader, receive their diploma cover from the Dean of their college/school, then greet the interim provost and president, before exiting the stage using the south side stairs.

The first and last student from each college/school to exit the platform will follow their College/School Marshal back to their seating section.

The president will confer degrees on all candidates.

Recessional

Following the conferral of degrees, the University Marshal will officially close the ceremony.  The platform party will exit the stage and walk up the center aisle across the Green followed by the faculty.  Students and guests are asked to allow the platform party and faculty to pass before exiting. 

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