University of Vermont

Academic Ceremonies - December Celebrations

December Graduate Celebration

December Graduates' Reception
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Grand Maple Ballroom, Dudley H. Davis Center


In December 2011, the University transitioned the December Graduates’ Recognition event into a full commencement where degrees were awarded to those that met the necessary requirements. The ceremony included students who completed degree requirements over the summer as well as those who completed their degree requirements during fall semester.

After discussions with the various groups, including the Faculty Senate leadership, the Student Government Association, and the Graduate Student Senate, the decision was made to discontinue the December Commencement Ceremony. The May Commencement exercises, which includes the University Commencement Main Ceremony, individual College and School ceremonies where diplomas are distributed, the Graduate College Commencement Ceremony, the College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony, and the Honors College Scholars Recognition Ceremony will be the annual occasion when the University celebrates the accomplishments of its students by conferring degrees.

The recent changes in the University’s Commencement Walk Policy make it more flexible for undergraduate students who are within six credit hours of completing their degree requirements to participate in May Commencement exercises. Under the new policy, a number of the students who have historically participated in the December ceremony would now be eligible to participate in May Commencement exercises. Students who completed their degree requirements in October or December are invited to return to campus in May for Commencement Weekend and will be eligible to participate in the ceremonies with May graduates. Please note: diplomas for October graduates will be mailed out to graduates in late October and diplomas for December graduates will be mailed to graduates in late January.

The University will host a reception for October and December graduates to recognize their accomplishments and celebrate informally with members of the University community. The reception for October and December graduates will be held on December 10, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Grand Maple Ballroom at the Dudley H. Davis Center. Additional information will be posted in advance of the event.

For questions regarding December Celebrations, please contact Kelly O'Malley, Coordinator of Presidential Events at (802) 656-3272 or

For academic questions, please contact your dean’s office or the registrar’s office.

Last Modified: 8/8/2014

Last modified August 11 2014 01:17 PM

Follow us on…

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
Contact UVM © 2014 The University of Vermont - Burlington, VT 05405 - (802) 656-3131