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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. I am a member of the Honors College. Should I line-up with Honors College or my home college/school for the University Commencement Main academic procession?
  4. Does the University of Vermont have a "walk" policy ?
  5. When may I get my academic regalia?
  6. A member of my party has mobility limitations . May I request special seating?
  7. A member of my party is Visually Impaired. May I request special seating?
  8. A member of my party is Deaf. Will ASL interpreters be present?
  9. Will there be a photographer at my college/school Ceremony?
  10. When will I get my diplomas?
  11. I participated in the December Graduates Recognition Celebration may I now participate in the 207th Commencement Ceremony?
  12. When will I be notified if I have been invited to join Phi Beta Kappa?
  13. When will I be notified if I have received any senior awards?
  14. How do I order a senior year book?
  15. How do I order a class ring?
  16. Where do I park for the 207th Commencement Ceremony?
  17. What should I wear?
  18. What happens if it rains?
  19. I would like to send friends and family members an invitation to the commencement ceremony?  How may I get additional invitations.
  20. 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. 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. I am an Honors College student. Shoud I line-up with Honors College or my home college/school for the University Commencement Main Ceremony academic procession?

Honors College students are asked to line-up with the Honors College for the University Commencement Main Ceremony.  Please contact the Honors College with any concerns or questions.

4. 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.

5. When may I get my academic regalia?

Academic regalia is available through the UVM Bookstore beginning April 20. 

Senior Celebration at the Bookstore is Wednesday, April 27, 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, a professional commencement photography business, will offer a free portrait session for graduates during Senior Celebration on April 27.  Each graduate who has a portrait photograph taken will receive a coupon redeemable for a free 5x7 photograph from their portrait session. Students are asked to schedule their portrait session appointment with GradImages online. For more information please contact Brendan Andrews, UVM Bookstore, at 802-656-0989.

6. A member of my party has mobility limitations.  May I request special seating?

Yes. Guests who have mobility limitations may make arrangements for accommodations for parking and seating.  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.

7. A member of my party is Visually Impaired.  May I request special seating?

Yes. Guests who are Visually Impaired may make arrangements for accommodations for parking, seating, amplification, captioning, interpreters, large print or Braille, by completing the Online Deaf and Disability Accommodation Request Form (www.uvm.edu/conferences/disabilityrequest2011/). If you need assistance completing this form or have any questions, please contact the office of Conference and Event Services at (802) 656-5665 (voice) or by email at at conferences@uvm.edu for assistance.

8. A member of my party is Deaf.  Will ASL Interpreters be present?

Yes. ASL interpreters will be provided at all Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 22.  Also, guests who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf-Blind, may make arrangements for accommodations for parking, seating, amplification, captioning, interpreters, large print or Braille, by completing the Online Deaf and Disability Accommodation Request Form.

9. Will there be a photographer at my college/school ceremony?

GradImages, a professional commencement photography business, will photograph each graduate in their regalia at their college/school ceremony with the exception of the College of Medicine. UVM Medical Photography will photograph the College of Medicine ceremony. 

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.

In addition, GradImages will offer a free portrait session for graduates during Senior Celebration at the UVM Bookstore on April 27.  Each graduate who has a portrait photograph taken will receive a coupon redeemable for a free 5x7 photograph from their portrait session. Students are asked to schedule their portrait session appointment with GradImages on-line.

10. When will I get my diploma?

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.

11. I participated in the December Graduates Recognition Celebration. May I 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.  Please contact your school/college to make these arrangements.

12. 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 21 at 9:00 a.m. in the Royall Tyler Theatre.

13. 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 are nominated by fellow members of the campus community, including students, faculty and staff, for their leadership, scholarship and service to the University. The 2011 Student Leadership awards will be announced during the 207th University Commencement Main 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 from their college/school 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 15, unless otherwise noted by your college/school.  Please direct questions to your college/school.

14. How do I order a senior year book?

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

15. How do I order a class ring.

A representative from ArtCarved Balfour will be at the UVM Bookstore on Wednesday, April 27 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.

16. Where do I park for the 207th Commencement Ceremony?

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.

17. 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.

18. 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, 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 broadcast live on large screen closed-circuit TV.

Beginning at 1:00 pm, Saturday afternoon, May 21, 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. 

19. I would like to send friends and family members an invitation to the 207th Commencement Ceremony?  How may I get additional invitations.

Tickets or a copy of the 207th Commencement Ceremony invitation are not necessary to gain entry to the ceremony.  However, please feel free to download the appropriate Commencement invitation to send to your guests.

    1. The University Commencement Main Ceremony invitation
    2. Graduate College Commencement Ceremony invitation
    3. College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony invitation

20.  Will there be a webcast of the 207th 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.

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