Commencement 2016

Burlington College’s 35th Commencement Ceremony
will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 1 p.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. 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)

Intent to Graduate
All graduating students must complete the Intent to Graduate Form, which 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.

Cap and Gown
Burlington College will provide caps and gowns for all graduating students who plan to attend the graduation ceremony. Students must complete the Intent to Graduate Form in order to receive their cap and gown. Watch your email for information on when and where to pick up your cap and gown. This will take place the week before Commencement.

Rehearsal and Alumni Barbecue
Friday, May 13 • 11:30 a.m. • Under the Tent
This event is mandatory for any student and faculty member attending Commencement. 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!

Commencement Day
Robing will begin at Noon. Please arrive no later than 12:15 pm. Ceremony will begin at 1:00 and last about an hour. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

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 Intent to Graduate Form.

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.  You may nominate a speaker on the Intent to Graduate Form.

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 to the Registrar’s Office. 

Financial Obligations
All graduating students who have utilized financial aid must check in with the Director of Financial Services to discuss the status of your student account. We will not release your diploma or official academic transcript, if you have any outstanding financial obligations.

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.

Burlington College Communiversity Commencement
will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10 a.m.

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

Intent to Graduate
All graduating students must complete the Intent to Graduate Form, which will provide us with information needed to order caps and gowns, prepare the program, and plan for the event.

Cap and Gown
Burlington College will provide caps and gowns for all graduating students who plan to attend the graduation ceremony. Students must complete the Intent to Graduate Form in order to receive their cap and gown. Watch your email for information on when and where to pick up your cap and gown. This will take place the week before Commencement.

Commencement Day
Robing will begin at 9 am. Please arrive no later than 9:15 p.m. Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and last about an hour. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

Transcripts
Your academic transcript will be completed listing your certificate/degree and graduation date, etc. after all final grades have been posted. You will receive one copy from the Registrar’s Office upon completion. If you need additional copies, you must make a request to the Registrar’s Office.

Alumni Association
Students become members of the Burlington College Alumni Association upon graduation. Burlington College strives to involve its alumni community in all aspects of the institution.