Burlington College will graduate its 33rd Class on May 17, 2014

2014 Commencement Planning and Exercises

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Burlington College’s 33rd Commencement Ceremony
will be held on
May 17, 2014 at 11 a.m.

About the Ceremony
Commencement is a formal ceremony where certificates and degrees are conferred upon graduates of Burlington College.   

The college-wide ceremony includes an academic procession of the President, senior administration, faculty, trustees, honored guests, and graduating students (undergraduate and graduate) in academic regalia.  The procession is led by a faculty marshal, and music is selected by the graduating class.  Included in the ceremony are:

  • Presidential Address
  • Commencement Address
  • Addresses by student speakers, alumni, and faculty
  • Conferral of degrees (each graduate will walk across stage to receive his/her degree)
  • Important Information for Graduating Seniors

Graduate Information Survey
All graduating students must complete a Graduate Information Survey. This survey will provide us with information needed to order caps and gowns, as well as give you an opportunity to vote for your class speaker and faculty of the year.

Schedule of Events
A schedule of events for commencement weekend is currently being organized.  We will post events to this page once they are finalized.

  • Gown Pick-Up Event
    More information to come. 
  • Graduation Breakfast
    All graduating students, along with faculty and staff, are invited to a celebratory breakfast at 9 am on the morning of commencement.
  • Rehearsal & Alumni Barbecue
    All graduating students are expected to attend a rehearsal the morning of Friday, May 16. The rehearsal will begin at 11 am, and will last approximately 1 hour.  A barbecue hosted by the Alumni Association will follow immediately after rehear

The Speaker for Commencement 2014 will be announced shortly.

Honorary Degrees
The Burlington College Board of Trustees will confer honorary degrees to select individuals from the Vermont community. An honorary degree is Burlington College’s highest honor, and by awarding these degrees, the College seeks to recognize men and women whose professional achievements and personal integrity reflect the College’s mission, values, and academic programs.  Honorary degree recipients will be announced in April.

Cap and Gowns
Burlington College will provide caps and gowns for all graduating students who plan to attend the graduation ceremony.  Students must complete the Graduate Information Survey in order to receive their cap and gown. 

Faculty of the Year Award
Graduating students have the opportunity to vote for a faculty member to receive the Faculty of the Year Award.  This award celebrates a distinguished faculty member who exemplifies a commitment to the mission of Burlington College, as well as to scholarship and teaching.  Nominations are accepted from graduating students, and can be made on the Graduate Information Survey.  

Student Speakers
Burlington College’s Commencement Ceremony includes a student speaker, who represents and inspires their classmates as they reflect on their time at Burlington College.  Student presentations are approximately 5-7 minutes long.  

Qualifications to be considered as a student speaker are

  • Intention to Graduate on May 17, 2014
  • Intention to attend the Commencement Ceremony on May 17, 2014
  • To nominate a student speaker, complete the Graduate Information Survey.  You may nominate yourself.

Graduates are invited to celebrate their accomplishments with their families, as well as Burlington College trustees, faculty and staff, after the commencement ceremony.  Hosted by the Alumni Association, this informal reception will be held immediately following the ceremony with light fare and drinks.

Alumni Association
Students become members of the Burlington College Alumni Association upon graduation.  Burlington College strives to involve its post-baccalaureate community in all aspects of the institution. Members of the alumni association board and Burlington College alumni will be at the ceremony to celebrate with you and answer any questions about life after graduation.

Your academic transcript will be completed listing your degree and graduation date, etc. after all final grades have been posted. Once your grades have been posted and you have no outstanding financial obligations with the college, we will mail you one copy of your final transcript. If you need additional copies, you must make a request in writing to the Registrar’s Office.  

All Bills Must Be Paid
Burlington College will not release your diploma or official academic transcript, if you have any outstanding financial obligations.  
Burlington College’s campus is located on 32 beautiful acres on the shore of Lake Champlain in the heart of Burlington, Vermont.  

*Please take special note of our new address, as our old campus was also located on North Avenue, and older maps or GPS systems may bring up the old 95 North Avenue address.

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Burlington has several hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts to accommodate overnight guests.  We will post recommendations in the near future. Please contact rcrichfieldatburlington [dot] edu (Rosie Crichfield) or 802-862-9616 for travel information.

Suggested Guest Attire
The weather in Vermont tends to change quickly and unexpectedly.  May can be a cold and rainy month, sunny and warm, or any combination in between.  It is recommended that guests keep an eye on the weather prior to commencement.  The ceremony will be held on the North Lawn, so shoes with flat heels are recommended for walking on grass.

Other Helpful Hints

  • We recommend that guests arrive no later than 10:30 am to find a parking space.
  • Parking is limited, and we encourage guests to carpool or take public transportation.
  • Accessible parking is limited.  Guests are encouraged to contact swardatBurlington [dot] edu (subject: Graduation) (R)rcrichfieldatburlington [dot] edu (subject: Graduation%20-%20special%20needs%20for%20parking) (osie Crichfield) or 802.862.9616 if they will need accessible parking.
  • No pets are allowed on campus, except for service animals.
  • No alcohol is permitted during the ceremony or reception.
  • No smoking is allowed under or near the tent, or within 50 feet of any door to the school.  A designated smoking area is located behind the College’s main building.

Please continue to check this website for updated information.  For specific information, contact the Coralee Holm at 802.862.9616.