University of Vermont

Academic Ceremonies - Commencement

Guest Information

Guest Information

PLEASE NOTE! Due to wet conditions on the Green, the University Commencement Main Ceremony and College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony will take place indoors at the Athletic Complex Multipurpose Facility.

The following information is provided to help our guests find the services they need on campus during Commencement on Sunday, May 22, 2011.

Information Center

Indoor Ceremony: Information tables can be found in the main lobby of Patrick Gymnasium and at the Student Service Center in the main lobby of the Waterman Building.

Snacks, Refreshments and Dining Options

The Marketplace, located on the 2nd floor of the Davis Center, is open from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm serving deli sandwiches, salads, fruits, snacks, and beverages. Henderson’s Café, located in the UVM Bookstore in the Davis Center, serves a selection of specialty coffees. Hours are 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Indoor Ceremony: Snacks and refreshments (hot dogs, sandwiches, fruit, cookies, muffins, chips and beverages) are available for purchase from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm under the Concession Tent in front of Patrick Gymnasium.


Indoor Ceremony: Restrooms are located in the main lobby of the Patrick Gymnasium and portable restrooms are located outside the entrance to the main lobby of the Multipurpose Facility. All restrooms are handicapped accessible.

Special Needs

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

Flower Sales

Indoor Ceremony: The Golden Key International Honour Society is selling flowers in the main lobbies of both the Patrick Gymnasium and the Multipurpose Facility.

UVM Bookstore

The UVM Bookstore is located in the Davis Center. It offers a complete supply of UVM clothing, gifts, diploma frames, and other merchandise. The Bookstore will be open 6:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Indoor Ceremony:  In addition to the Bookstore in the Davis Center, the Kiosk in Patrick Gymnasium will be open from 6:30 am to 4:30 pm for last minute purchases.)

Commencement Photographs

University Photography will be on hand to take candid photographs of the event.  Those photographs will be posted on the commencement website shortly after May 22nd.  Please see your college/school schedule listing for information regarding photography of your college/school ceremony.

Commencement DVD

A 90-minute video of the 207th Commencement Ceremony is available from the UVM Bookstore at $19.99 plus $7.99 shipping and handling (allow 4 weeks for delivery). The Bookstore may be reached by phone: (802) 656-3290 or toll free (800) 331-7305, email:, or on the web at

Lost and Found

Indoor Ceremony:  Lost and Found for people and property is located at the Information Center in the main lobby of Patrick Gymnasium. After 4:00 pm please contact UVM Police Services at (802) 656-3473. They are located at 284 East Ave.

Shuttle Bus Service

Indoor Ceremony: Shuttle busses will run every 10 minutes from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm from designated bus stops at Patrick Gym, Royall Tyler Theatre, Given Lot, Davis Center Oval, UHC Lot, and the Conference Center at the Sheraton.  A dedicated shuttle will run between the Flynn Theatre, Hilton Hotel, and Patrick Gym. Please refer to the Quick Reference Guide for more parking and shuttle information.

First Aid

Indoor Ceremony: The UVM Rescue Squad will be available to provide first aid during the commencement ceremony. The are located outside the main entrance to Patrick Gymnasium.


In the event of a true emergency, dial (802) 656-3473 from a cell phone to reach the UVM Police Services or use one of the “Blue Light” emergency phones located throughout the campus. In either case you will be connected immediately with the emergency dispatcher.

Last modified May 18 2011 02:54 PM

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