University of Vermont

Academic Ceremonies - May Commencement

FAQ for Students

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  1. Do I need a ticket to attend the 211th Commencement Ceremony if I am a guest?
  2. Do I need a ticket to attend the 211th Commencement Ceremony if I am a degree candidate?
  3. Do I need a ticket to attend the 211th Commencement Ceremony if I am a faculty member?
  4. If I am a guest, how do I get tickets?
  5. As a degree candidate, how do I get tickets for my guests?
  6. How many tickets may I receive?
  7. How may I get extra tickets?
  8. I do not have tickets. Where may I watch the commencement ceremonies?
  9. Do I need separate tickets for the University Commencement Main Ceremony, College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony and/or College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony?
  10. Do I need a ticket to the ceremony if I request deaf and disability accommodations?
  11. When will I know if the University Main Commencement Ceremony and College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony have been moved indoors?
  12. Is there a fee for commencement ceremony tickets?
  13. If I am a degree candidate in the Graduate College or College of Medicine and would like to attend the Main Ceremony, how do I get ticket? 

1. Do I need a ticket to attend the 211th Commencement Ceremony if I am a guest?

Tickets are NOT required to attend the University Commencement Main Ceremony or College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony if the ceremony is held outdoors on the University Green as planned.

In the event of severe weather, the University Commencement Main Ceremony and the College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony will be moved indoors to the Multipurpose Facility on the Athletic Campus. Unfortunately, seating is limited at this indoor venue. In an effort to ease congestion and improve everyone’s experience at the ceremony, tickets will be required for guests to attend each ceremony.

Degree candidates for the University Commencement Main Ceremony or College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony may reserve tickets online beginning Monday, May 6, at noon through Thursday, May 16, at 12:00 noon. Candidates are allowed up to 2 tickets each (first come, first served) for the University Commencement Main Ceremony and up to 4 tickets each (guaranteed) for the College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony. Guests without tickets may view the ceremony on large screen display and closed-circuit TV in the Davis Center on the main campus.

Tickets are required for the College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony regardless of weather.
Degree candidates for the College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony may reserve tickets online beginning Monday, March 11, at noon through Friday, May 10 at noon.

Tickets will be available online to degree candidates only. Degree candidates will be able to print their tickets directly from the ticketing site. Guests seeking tickets must connect with their degree candidate. (Degree candidates do not need a ticket to participate in their commencement ceremony.)

Tickets are NOT required for the following ceremonies:

Graduate College Commencement Ceremony
Honors College Scholars Recognition Ceremony
College of Agriculture and Life 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

2. Do I need a ticket to attend the 211th Commencement Ceremony if I am a degree candidate?

No. Degree candidates do not need a ticket to participate in any ticketed commencement ceremony.

3. Do I need a ticket to attend the 211th Commencement Ceremony if I am a faculty member?

No. Faculty do not need a ticket to participate in any ticketed commencement ceremony.

4. If I am a guest, how do I get tickets?

Guests must receive their tickets from their degree candidate.

5. As a degree candidate, how do I get tickets for my guests?

Degree candidates eligible to participate in the University Commencement Main Ceremony or College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony will receive an email on May 6 to their UVM email account with instructions on how to reserve tickets for their guests. Degree candidates do not need a ticket for themselves.

Tickets for the indoor University Commencement Main Ceremony and the indoor College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony will be available online to degree candidates on Monday, May 6 starting at noon through Thursday, May 16 until noon. Candidates are allowed up to 2 tickets each (first come, first served) for the Main Ceremony and up to 4 tickets each (guaranteed) for the Arts and Sciences Ceremony. Beginning Friday, May 17, at noon, any remaining tickets for the Main Ceremony or College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony will be released to degree candidates at a maximum of 2 additional tickets per candidate on a first come, first served basis.

Guests without tickets for either the Main Ceremony or Arts and Sciences Ceremony may view the ceremony on large screen and closed-circuit TV in the Davis Center on the main campus.

Please note, tickets for the University Commencement Main Ceremony and the College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony will be required only if the venue has been moved indoors due to severe weather. This decision will be made by Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. Degree candidates planning to invite guests to these ceremonies are strongly advised to request their tickets as early as possible, beginning May 6. After May 16, there is no assurance that tickets will be available for these ceremonies.

Tickets are required for the College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony regardless of weather. College of Medicine degree candidates will receive an email on March 11 to their UVM email account with instructions on how to reserve tickets for their guests. Degree candidates may request tickets online starting Monday, March 11 at 12:00 noon until Friday

Note: A live webcast of the commencement ceremonies will be available on the Commencement website at www.uvm.edu/commencement. DVDs of individual ceremonies may be ordered from the University Bookstore (email: uvm.bookstore@uvm.edu, phone: (802) 656-3290, toll-free: (800) 331-7305).

6. How many tickets may I receive?

University degree candidates are allowed up to 2 tickets each (first come, first served) for the University Commencement Main Ceremony Tickets will only be necessary if this ceremony is moved indoors due to severe weather.

College of Arts and Sciences degree candidates are allowed up to 4 tickets each (guaranteed) for the College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony. Tickets will only be necessary if this ceremony is moved indoors due to severe weather.

College of Medicine degree candidates are allowed up to 6 tickets each (guaranteed). The College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony is a ticketed event regardless of weather.

7. How may I get extra tickets?

Degree candidates for the University Commencement Main Ceremony and College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony will receive an email to their UVM email account on Friday, May 17, at noon, regarding any remaining tickets for the University Commencement Main Ceremony or College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony. Available tickets will be released to degree candidates at a maximum of 2 additional tickets per candidate, per event, on a first come, first served basis until tickets run out.

Degree candidates for the College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony will receive an email to their UVM email account on Monday, March 11, at noon.  Degree candidates may request their tickets through Friday, May 10th.

8. I do not have tickets. Where may I watch the commencement ceremonies?

Guests without tickets may view the University Commencement Main Ceremony and/or the College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony on large screen display and closed-circuit TV in the Davis Center on the main campus.

Guests without tickets may view the College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony on large screen display in the Billings/Ira Allen Lecture Hall.

In addition, the University Commencement Main Ceremony and each college and school ceremony will be available to watch live on the web from your wireless device. Please click here to link to the ceremony webcast of your choice [http://live.vpt.org/uvm/uvm.html]. No passwords are needed to access the site.

The webcast will begin at the scheduled start time for each ceremony and will be “live” and accessible at any point during the ceremony. Once the ceremony is complete, the webcast will end. You will not be able to return to it later. To watch a ceremony after the event, please see the UVM commencement web site for details about purchasing a DVD of the ceremony [http://www.uvm.edu/~cmncmnt/?Page=dvdorders.html].

9. Do I need separate tickets for the University Commencement Main Ceremony, College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony and/or College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony?

Yes. Tickets are event specific. If you are attending the University Commencement Main Ceremony, College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony and/or College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony you will need tickets to each event.

Please note, tickets for the Main Ceremony and College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony are only necessary if severe weather has moved them to their indoor venue. Tickets for the College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony are required regardless of weather.

10. Do I need a ticket to the ceremony if I request deaf and disability accommodations?

Yes. Guests with deaf and disability accommodation requests will still need a ticket to attend the University Commencement Main Ceremony and/or College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony if these ceremonies are moved indoors to the Multipurpose Facility due to severe weather.

The College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony in Ira Allen Chapel is a ticketed event regardless of weather and guests with deaf and disability accommodation requests will still need a ticket to attend this ceremony.

To request Deaf and Disability Accommodations please submit an Online Deaf and Disability Accommodation Request Form.

11. When will I know if the University Main Commencement Ceremony and College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony have been moved indoors?

Information regarding a possible 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 on Saturday, May 18, after 10:00 a.m.

12. Is there a fee for commencement ceremony tickets?

There is no fee for tickets to any of the commencement ceremonies requiring tickets.

13. If I am a degree candidate in the Graduate College or College of Medicine and would like to attend the University Commencement Main Ceremony, how do I get tickets if the ceremony is moved indoors?

Degree candidates from the Graduate College or College of Medicine who would like to reserve tickets (2 each maximum) for the University Commencement Main Ceremony on Sunday, May 19 at 8:20 am, should it move indoors to the Multipurpose Facility on the Athletics Complex, must do so with their respective Dean’s Office in the Graduate College or College of Medicine by Tuesday, April 30.

If you are a degree candidate in the Graduate College, please call 802-656-3160 or email dan.harvey@uvm.edu. If you are a degree candidate in the College of Medicine, please call 802-656-0722 or email Barbara.Brisson@uvm.edu. You will be asked to provide your name, email address and local address.

Please note: degree candidates from the Graduate College or College of Medicine will not participate in the University Commencement Main Ceremony as this ceremony is primarily to confer undergraduate degrees. The Graduate College Commencement Ceremony on May 18 and College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony on May 19 are full commencement ceremonies. However, we realize that some degree candidates from the Graduate College and College of Medicine may want to attend the Main Ceremony to hear the commencement speaker.

Last modified April 25 2013 03:25 PM

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