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December Graduates' Reception 2019
Wednesday, December 11
Grand Maple Ballroom, Dudley H. Davis Center

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 11, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Grand Maple Ballroom at the Dudley H. Davis Center.

Parking for family and guests of graduates attending the December Graduates' Reception will be available in the Jeffords Lot. Please see the parking map and directions for details. We encourage carpooling, when possible.

Please note this reception is not a commencement ceremony. President Garimella will address graduates as a whole and graduates will not be individually recognized. We encourage graduates and their guests to join us for the 2020 May commencement ceremony where graduates will be individually recognized as they walk across the stage and receive their degree.

Eligible graduates should check their UVM email for the invitation to the December graduates reception and link to RSVP in mid-November.

For questions regarding December celebrations, please contact:

Phone: 802-656-3272

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

For questions regarding the Graduate Hooding Ceremony, please contact Bethany Sheldon in the Graduate College:

Phone: 802-656-3874


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 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 is the annual occasion when the university celebrates the accomplishments of its students by conferring degrees.

The  changes in 2014 to 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. Students who complete 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.

  • Undergraduate Ceremonies: Sunday, May 17, 2020
  • Graduate Ceremonies: Saturday, May 16, 2020

Honorary Degree and Commencement Speaker Nominations

Members of the University of Vermont Community are invited to submit nominations of potential Honorary Degree recipients and persons to be considered to deliver the Commencement address.

More Nomination Information