Commencement

Burlington College’s 34th Commencement Ceremony
will be held on May 16, 2015 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. A professional photographer will be at the ceremony, and will make photos available for purchase after the event.

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 additional events to this page once they are finalized.

Robe Pick-Up and Faculty Mixer
Wednesday, May 13 • 3:00–4:30 p.m. • The Gallery at Burlington College
Come on by The Gallery between 2:00 and 3:30 to grab your robe and reflect on a wonderful year with the people who helped you get through it. Light refreshments will be served.
 
Rehearsal & Alumni Barbecue
Friday, May 15 • 11:30 a.m. • North Lawn
This event is mandatory for any student and faculty member attending Commencment. Please allocate approximately an hour to run through the ceremony. Immediately following rehearsal, the Alumni Association will be hosting a barbeque. This is a perfect opportunity to invite your family to the campus, grab a bite and hang out before your big day!
 
Graduation Breakfast
Saturday, May 16 • 9:30 a.m.–1:00 pm
Check-in and breakfast for all graduating students, faculty, and staff will begin at 9:30 am. Robing will begin at 10:00 am. Please arrive no later than 10:15 am. Line-up will start at approximately 10:30 am. Ceremony will begin at 11:00 and last about an hour. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient for 2015
This year's Honorary Degree Recipient and Speaker is Vermont resident and filmmaker Jay Craven.

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 16, 2015.
Intention to attend the Commencement Ceremony on May 16, 2015.
To nominate a student speaker, complete the Graduate Information Survey. You may nominate yourself.

Reception
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.

Transcripts
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.  

Fees and Bills Paid
A graduation fee is assessed in the spring semester. We will not release your diploma or official academic transcript, if you have any outstanding financial obligations. 
 
Directions
Burlington College’s campus is located at 351 North Avenue in Burlington, Vermont. Please take special note of this 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.


Luis Guzmán with Ainsley Carnahan '14