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 207th Commencement Ceremony?
  3. What is the University’s policy on allowing students to “walk” at commencement?
  4. Where do I sit at the University Commencment Main Ceremony?
  5. Will I be able to purchase photographs of my graduate at their college/school ceremony?
  6. When will the graduates get their diplomas?
  7. Will there be dining options on campus?
  8. May a graduate who participated in the 2010 December Graduates Recognition Celebration now participate in the 207th Commencement Ceremony?
  9. Where do I park?
  10. What should I wear?
  11. What happens if it rains?
  12. On the day of commencement where can I go for more information or assistance?
  13. Will there be a webcast of the 207th Commencement Ceremony?

1. What time should I arrive?

The University Commencement Main Ceremony – Sunday, May 22

Undergraduate students are asked to arrive at the CBW Green at 8:00 a.m., dressed in academic regalia. The Academic Procession will begin at 8:20 a.m. The University Commencement Main Ceremony will convene at 9:00 a.m. on the University Green. Degrees will be conferred by the president at this ceremony. 

Two diagrams are available to review the academic procession route and seating plan in the Multipurpose Facility.

Athletic Complex - Indoor Ceremony
Multipurpose Facility and Student Seating - Indoor Ceremony

Following the University Commencement Main Ceremony, students will attend their home college/school ceremony where their diploma will be presented.  Please consult the commencement schedule for details.

Graduate College Commencement Ceremony – Saturday, May 21
Graduate College students are asked to arrive at 12:00 p.m. (noon) at the Multipurpose Facility in the Athletic Complex dressed in academic regalia to line-up for the Academic Procession.  The Graduate College Commencement Ceremony will begin at 1:00 in Patrick Gymnasium. Graduate degrees will be conferred at this ceremony; students will be hooded and be presented with their diploma.

College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony – Sunday, May 22
College of Medicine students are asked to arrive at 2:00 p.m. in Cook Commons dressed in academic regalia to line-up for the Academic Procession.  The College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel.  Degrees will be conferred and diplomas distributed at this ceremony, followed by the administration of the oath. 

2. Do I need tickets to attend the 207th Commencement Ceremony?

No, tickets are not required to attend the 207th Commencement Ceremonies.

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 at the University Commencement Main Ceremony?

Seating is open and available on a first-come first-served basis.  Seats on the green will be facing west.  Student seating blocks will be filled from south to north. 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 [link to Student Faculty Procession — coming soon] and to view the Procession Map [link to procession map — coming soon] and Seating Diagram [link to ushering map — coming soon].  

 5. Will I be able to purchase photographs of my graduate at their college/school ceremony?

GradImages, a professional commencement photography business, will photograph each graduate in their regalia at the following ceremonies: 

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business Administration
  • College of Education and Social Services
  • College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
  • Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
  • College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Honors College
  • Graduate College

Students are encouraged to pre-register on-line with GradImages for easy tracking of their Commencement Day proofs. Students who pre-register will receive a $5.00 coupon good towards their commencement photo order.

UVM Medical Photography will photograph the College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony.  Prints will be available from the College of Medicine web site at www.med.uvm.edu/medphoto.

In addition, University Photography at UVM will take candid photographs of the University Commencement Main Ceremony.  A photo gallery will be posted on the commencement website shortly after commencement.

6. When will graduates get their diplomas?

Diplomas will be awarded at each college/school ceremony with the exception of the College of Arts and Sciences (see below). (The president will confer degrees only at the University Commencement Main Ceremony.)  After Sunday, diplomas may be picked up during the week of May 23-27 at the Student Service Center located in the Waterman Building between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

College of Arts and Sciences: Diplomas will be handed out in the South UHeights lobby following the College of Arts and Sciences ceremony. After Sunday, diplomas may be picked up during the week of May 23-27 at the Student Service Center located in the Waterman Building between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Graduate College: Diplomas: All master's degree and doctoral degree diplomas will be awarded at the Graduate College Commencement Ceremony. The Hooding Ceremony will take place during the Graduate College Commencement Ceremony. After Sunday, diplomas may be picked up during the week of May 23-27 at the Student Service Center located in the Waterman Building between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

College of Medicine: Diplomas will be awarded at The University Commencement College of Medicine Ceremony. Unclaimed diplomas for College of Medicine students will be mailed to them.

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.

7. 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 6:30 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.

In the event of severe weather, concession tents will be set up in front of Patrick Gymnasium from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm.

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

8. May a graduate who participated in the 2010 December Graduates Recognition Celebration now participate in the 207th Commencement Ceremony?

Yes, students who participated in the 2010 December Graduates Recognition Celebration are welcome to participate in the 207th Commencement Ceremony.  Graduates are advised to contact their college/school to make these arrangements.

9. Where do I park?

For commencement events on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, please park in the designated lot for your college or school. 

Graduate College:  Saturday, Gutterson Lot and Garage.  Sunday, please park in the lot designated for your college or school
Honors College:  Saturday, Given Lot.  Sunday, please park in the lot designated for your college or school
Agriculture and Life Sciences:  Gutterson Garage and Parking Lot
Arts and Sciences: Jeffords Hall Lot and Given Lot
Business Administration:  Downtown Burlington
Education and Social Services: Gutterson Garage and Parking Lot
Engineering and Mathematical Sciences: Sheraton Hotel Conference Center Parking Lot
Environment and Natural Resources:  Sheraton Hotel Conference Center Parking Lot
Medicine:  Given Lot
Nursing and Health Sciences:  UHC (University Health Center Lot)

On Saturday, shuttle bus service will be available from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm at designate bus stops at the Given Lot, Ira Allen Chapel and the Davis Center Oval for the Honors College Ceremony and Reception. Buses will run every 10 minutes.

On Sunday, shuttle bus service will be available on Sunday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm at designated bus stops at Patrick Gym, Royall Tyler Theatre, Given Lot, Davis Center Oval and the Sheraton Hotel Conference Center Parking Lot.  (If there is a change of venue due to severe weather, the shuttle route will include the UHC Lot.)  A dedicated shuttle will run between the Flynn Theatre, Hilton Hotel, and Allen House (or Patrick Gym, rain venue). Buses will run every 10 minutes.

Download a copy of the 207th Commencement Quick Reference Guide and Parking Map.

10. 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.

11. What happens if it rains?

The University Commencement Main Ceremony 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 on large screen display will be available in Waterman Memorial Lounge and Billings-Ira Allen Lecture Hall.

In the event of severe weather, The University Commencement Main Ceremony will be held indoors at the Multipurpose Facility in the Athletic Complex. Overflow seating will be available in the adjoining Patrick Gymnasium where the ceremony will be viewed on large screen closed-circuit TV.

Information regarding a possible change of venue will be available beginning at 1:00 pm, Saturday afternoon, May 21, on the UVM home page at www.uvm.edu or by calling (802) 656-3309 or toll free (800) 903-6601. 

12.  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 for the University Commencement Main Ceremony 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.

13.  Will there be a webcast of the 207th Commencement Ceremony?

Yes, out-of town family and friends may view a live webcast of The University Commencement Main Ceremony and the College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony by following the appropriate links posted below: 

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