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University Communications

University to Hold 202nd Commencement on Sunday; Ceremony Moved Indoors

Release Date: 05-18-2006

Contact: University Communications Staff
Phone: (802) 656-2005 FAX: (802) 656-3203

The University of Vermont will celebrate its 202nd commencement on Sunday, May 21 at 9 a.m. Due to an unfavorable weather forecast for Sunday, the ceremony has been moved indoors to the Multipurpose Facility at Patrick Gymnasium. The ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences has also been moved to 2:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Facility.

Students, dressed in cap and gown, will line up for the academic procession at 8 a.m. at the indoor track in Patrick Gymnasium and will proceed to the Multipurpose Facility where they will sit together, not with their families and guests as originally planned. Faculty will gather in the gymnastics facility at Patrick Gymnasium. Seating in the Multipurpose Facility for families and friends of the graduates will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, and overflow seating in the Patrick Gym will feature a closed-circuit broadcast of the ceremony. Tickets are not required.

Parking on area residential streets is by city permit only. Parking at the university is available in designated lots. For details call (802) 656-2031 or visit the commencement parking website.

Buses will run from all parking sites, the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center and the Wyndham Hotel with a stop at the Flynn Performing Arts Center to Patrick Gymnasium. University officials recommend that visitors park at the site of the various individual college ceremonies and take buses to the main ceremony. Signs, staff, and drivers will assist with directions. Commencement ceremony reference guides and campus maps are available at the desks of most area hotels.

Due to the ceremony's change in location, two of the street-closings originally planned have been cancelled. South Prospect and College Street will be open to traffic on Saturday and Sunday. However, University Place will still be closed on Sunday.

UVM President Daniel Mark Fogel will confer degrees on an estimated 1,807 undergraduates, 418 graduate students (including 61 doctorates), 96 medical students, and 47 international students. Graduates come from 40 states and 17 countries. Approximately 998 graduates are from Vermont. The graduating class includes 146 ALANA (Asian American, Latino/a, Asian, African American, and Native American) students.

Sharing the podium with President Fogel will be Gustavo Esteva, a prominent Mexican writer and social activist whose life has been a multi-faceted, courageous, and pioneering intellectual journey. Esteva is the author of 30 books and scores of articles that have made significant contributions to scholarly fields from economics to cultural anthropology, philosophy to education. A strong voice for indigenous people, campesinos, and urban migrants, the core of Esteva’s thought is a challenge to the validity of social systems that subordinate traditional community values and institutions to the priorities of the global marketplace.

Receiving honorary degrees this year along with Esteva will be Graham Stiles Newell, a teacher of history and Latin, and known as a “walking encyclopedia” of town, state, and world history; Elizabeth Cushman Titus Putnam, a leader in conservation and youth development, and founder of the Student Conservation Association; Barbara W. Snelling, former lieutenant governor of the State of Vermont, and founder and president of the institutional advancement consulting firm, Snelling, Kolb & Kuhnle, Inc.; and Hubert “Hub” W. Vogelmann, professor emeritus of botany, a pioneer of research on acid rain, founder of UVM’s Field Naturalist Program and a principal force behind the creation of Vermont’s Act 250.

Several of the colleges’ ceremonies will feature distinguished speakers, including Senator Patrick Leahy for the College of Medicine, and Will Raap, founder of the Intervale Foundation and Gardener’s Supply, for the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.

For a full schedule of commencement activities, visit the commencement website.