All ceremonies at the University of Vermont's 221st Commencement are physically accessible and include use of CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) at all venues. Additional accommodations, including interpreting services, are available upon request by completing the 2022 Commencement: ADA Accommodations & Accessible Parking Request Form.
Arrival Time - What time should I arrive?
Graduates & Faculty
Graduating students and faculty should arrive at the Andrew Harris Commons/Davis Center Green by 7:45 a.m. for line-up wearing their cap and gown (regalia) for the University Commencement Main Ceremony on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
Guests & Family
Guests should arrive on the University Green to be seated by 8:10 a.m. for the University Commencement Main Ceremony on Sunday, May 22, 2022 for the start of the student procession at 8:20 am. The University Commencement Main Ceremony will take place on the University Green rain or shine.
For information on student line-up and location, as well as when doors open for guests for the individual college/school ceremonies, please visit the schedule page. Information is listed for each ceremony.
Attire - What should I wear?
Academic regalia (cap and gown) for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees is available to purchase at the UVM Bookstore in the Dudley H. Davis Center. To participate in May 2022 Commencement ceremonies, a complete outfit is required for all degree candidates (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral and Medical). Pre-orders are not necessary. Visit here for more details.
Guests & Family
The University Commencement Main Ceremony and the College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony will be held outdoors on the University Green, rain or shine. 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 cool or wet weather. For visitor comfort, indoor viewing on large screen display will be available in the Dudley H. Davis Center.
Portable restrooms are located on South Prospect Street, north and south of the Waterman Building. Restrooms are also located inside the Waterman Building at the College Street entrance and in Williams Hall and Old Mill on the east side of the University Green. All indoor restrooms and the portable unit located on the south end of South Prospect Street are handicapped accessible.
Bookstore / Class of 2022 Gear
COVID-19 Guidelines at UVM
Visit here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding UVM’s COVID-19 Guidelines.
Information regarding diploma distribution at the ceremonies as well as after commencement weekend can be found here.
Directions to UVM Campus
The UVM campus is easily accessible by water, air and land: UVM is 90 miles from Montreal, 220 miles from Boston, 290 miles from NYC, 145 miles from Albany, and only 3.5 miles from the Burlington International Airport.
From I-89: Take Exit 14W into Burlington. Head west on Williston Road up hill (Williston Road becomes Main Street). Follow signs for commencement parking.
Heading north from Route 7: There is an active construction project located at the Shelburne Street Roundabout on Route 7. Please follow Shelburne Road/Route 7 into Burlington. At the intersection of Shelburne Road and Flynn Avenue, take a left onto Flynn Avenue and follow the detour signs down Pine Street to Main Street (Route 2); turn right onto Main Street then follow Main Street (Route) 2 to UVM’s Campus and look for signs for commencement parking. See more information: Shelburne Street Roundabout Project (PDF)
From the Adirondack Northway (I-87): Take Exit 20 toward Fort Ann/Whitehall, NY. Proceed north on Route 9 to Route 149 East, headed to Fort Ann, N.Y. In Fort Ann, take Route 4 north to Route 22A Vermont toward Vergennes. Follow Route 22A north through Vergennes, then follow Route 7 north into Burlington. At the intersection of Shelburne Road and Flynn Avenue, take a left onto Flynn Avenue and follow the detour signs down Pine Street to Main Street (Route 2); turn right onto Main Street then follow Main Street (Route) 2 to UVM’s Campus and look for signs for commencement parking. See more information: Shelburne Street Roundabout Project (PDF)
In addition, the State of Vermont Agency of Transportation website provides links to traveling safely in Vermont and current road conditions.
Do Not Bring
Please do not bring bags, backpacks or similar items to the ceremony, especially objects that would obstruct other guests’ view during the ceremony.
Drones and Model Aircraft
Please see UVM’s policy regarding Unmanned Aircraft (Drones and Model Aircraft) here.
The UVM Rescue Squad is on site and available to provide first aid during the Main Commencement Ceremony and the College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony which follows. UVM Rescue Squad will also be available for ceremonies at Gutterson Fieldhouse and Patrick Gymnasium. In addition, First Aid Kits will be located at the Information Booths on the University Green, Gutterson Fieldhouse, and Patrick Gymnasium for minor needs.
In the event of a true emergency, dial 911 from a cell phone to be connected immediately with an emergency dispatcher.
UVM first-generation college students are the first in their family to complete a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university. We celebrate this achievement and the endurance, self-advocacy, discovery, and resilience you demonstrated to get to where you are now. To commemorate your journey, FirstGen@UVM offers an honor cord, to be worn during your graduation ceremonies. For information about picking up your cord, please visit the FirstGen@UVM website.
Flowers - For Purchase
Flower bouquets will be available for sale near the Information Booths on the University Green at the University Main Ceremony and College of Arts and Sciences ceremony. Additionally, flower bouquets will be available for purchase at all ceremony locations. Pre-order your flowers in advance.
Food and Beverage Concessions - Will there be food available on campus?
Snacks and refreshments including hot dogs, sandwiches, fruit, cookies, muffins, chips and beverages, are available for purchase from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm under the Concession Tents on the University Green. Concessions will also be available in the lobby of Gutterson Field House from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and the lobby of Patrick Gym from 3:00pm – 6:00pm.
Snacks and refreshments can also be found at:
- The Marketplace, located on the 2nd floor of the Davis Center. It is open from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm serving deli sandwiches, salads, fruits, snacks, and beverages.
- Henderson’s Café, located in the UVM Bookstore in the Davis Center, serves a variety of specialty coffees and snacks. Hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
- Water Stations are located on the UVM Green, look for the green tents.
Due to a shortage in coins, the preferred method of payment is by debit/credit card.
Indoor Viewing of the Main Ceremony
Families and friends may view the University Commencement Main Ceremony indoors on large screen display in the Davis Center.
Latin honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, 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. Students graduating with honors will receive an Honors Medallion from their college/school to wear at commencement to signify their achievement. Their diploma will also include this distinction. For more information about how honors are awarded please consult the University Catalogue.
Live Stream and Recordings
All ceremonies will be livestreamed and recorded. The livestream link can be found here. Recordings of the ceremonies will be posted on the commencement website the week of May 23.
Please share the link to this page with your friends and family who won’t be able to celebrate with you in person on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22.
Parking and Shuttle Buses - Where should I park?
Please respect our neighbors. Parking on area residential streets is by city-issued permit only. Violators will be subject to City of Burlington policy of ticketing and towing vehicles parked in these areas.
Pets are not allowed at the ceremony sites and should be left at home. The only exception to this would be service animals in accordance with the University’s Operating Procedure for Service and Emotional Support Animals.
Photographs - GradImages
GradImages, a professional commencement photography business, will individually photograph each graduate in their regalia when they cross the stage at the college/school ceremonies on May 21 and May 22. Students are encouraged to pre-register online with GradImages for easy tracking of their Commencement Day proofs and to order prints. Enter "UVM" or "University of Vermont" in the "School/Organization" search box.
Additionally, University Photography will be on hand to take candid photographs of the University Main Commencement Ceremony. Those photographs will be posted on the commencement website: uvm.edu/commencement
In keeping with UVM’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the commencement program will be available electronically. The downloadable PDF of the program is posted on the commencement website. Program orders needed to be submitted by Friday, June 3, 2022.
Rain and Severe Weather
The University Commencement Main Ceremony and College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony will be held outdoors rain or shine on the University Green on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
In the event of severe weather (rain is not considered severe weather), the University Commencement Main Ceremony on the University Green will be cancelled, but a modified commencement will be livestreamed for graduates and guests. An update will be posted on the commencement homepage by 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.
In the event of severe weather, the College of Arts and Sciences ceremony will move indoors to Patrick Gymnasium and will become a ticketed event (two tickets per graduate). Graduates have been advised to claim their tickets in advance. The weather call will be made by 1 p.m. on Saturday and will be posted on the commencement website.
Seating for the University Commencement Main Ceremony on the University Green and for all college/school ceremonies on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 will be provided.
Guests do not need to provide or bring their own seats. Ushers will be onsite at all venues to assist guests with seating.
Senior Week - Class of 2022
UVM Senior Week, now in its 41st year, is a celebration for the graduating class that runs all week between finals and your Commencement ceremony: Monday, May 16 - Friday, May 20, 2022. The Student Alumni Association is excited to celebrate in person for the first time in two years! Everyone who registers will receive admission to all Senior Week 2022 events.
Share your photos and good wishes for graduates throughout commencement weekend with the hashtag #uvmgrad
Share your celebratory images with the UVM community, add UVM-themed GIFs to your Instagram story, and download virtual backgrounds for your next video call (or for your desktop). Visit the commencement social media page as we add more ways to join in the fun and show your support, now through May 22.
UVM Alumni Association - A Commencement Celebration
The UVM Alumni Association welcomes you home! Upon graduation, students transition from being a part of the Student Alumni Association to being part of the Alumni Association. Join us to learn more about who we are, tour the UVM Alumni House, enjoy tasty treats and lawn games, and celebrate the Class of 2022! This event is open to everyone from the Class of 2022 and their families and friends. Register here.
On January 31, 2012 the University of Vermont announced that it would become the first public university in the nation to end the sale of bottled water on campus.
There will be water stations on the University Green (look for the green tents) and in the main lobby of Patrick Gymnasium and Gutterson Fieldhouse that will be able to fill water bottles or a cup of water (provided at the station).
A water station will also be set up on the Andrew Harris Commons/Davis Center Green during line-up for the academic procession for the University Main Commencement Ceremony.
Guests are encouraged to bring their refillable bottles from home.
Limited free Wi-Fi will be available commencement weekend for your wireless devices. To access, select the UVM Guest network.
Please note Wi-Fi will NOT be available at ticketed event venues.