Commencement Schedule of Events

Tickets are required to attend the Commencement ceremony in the Ross Sports Center. Tickets are not required for the Baccalaureate Mass or to view both of the live broadcasts of these ceremonies in the McCarthy Arts Center. Seniors will receive four (4) commencement tickets during senior week. Tickets for Commencement can be picked up at the Bookstore (Alliot Student Center) at the following times:

  • Thursday, May 7th and Friday, May 8th: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 9th: 12:00 noon - 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 10th: 8:30 -10:00 AM

Honor tassels for summa cum laude, magna cum laude & cum laude graduates will be available for pickup at the same time as the tickets.


Baccalaureate - Saturday, May 9, 2015

Families are encouraged to attend the Baccalaureate Mass.  No tickets are required. Additional seating will be available in Dion Family Student Center or  McCarthy Arts Center where the Mass will be broadcast live.


Commencement - Sunday, May 10, 2015

  • 8:00 AM    Mass - Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel (regular Sunday celebration)
  • 9:00 AM    Senior class picture w/cap & gown, Front of Library, rain or shine
  • 9:15 AM    Robing - (Masters Candidates - 9:00 AM), see below
  • 9:50 AM    Procession
  • 10:00 AM  Commencement, Ross Sports Center
                        Speaker: Bernard Lafayette, Jr. 

Immediately following Commencement, there will be a reception on the lawn in front of the Library. In case of rain the reception will be moved to the Tarrant Recreation Center.

Commencement will take place in the Ross Sports Center. Tickets are required. Live broadcasts can be seen in Dion Family Student Center or McCarthy Arts Center (no tickets required), on the College cable channel or at smcvt.edu. Graduates, please plan to be at the Alliot Student Center no later than 9:15 PM (For Honored Guests - Saint Edmund's Hall Room 109 by 9:15 AM) to robe and form the academic procession.  The following locations will be used for assembling (rain or shine): 

Seniors will be placed alphabetically by the Student Life Staff. Masters Candidates will be placed by degree by Sarah Hodgson. Faculty/Staff will be lined up by the Faculty Marshall.

Order of Procession: 

  • Saint Andrew's Pipe Band of Vermont
  • Grand Marshall 
  • Seniors
  • Masters Candidates
  • Faculty Marshall
  • Faculty/Staff
  • Honored Guests Marshall
  • Trustees/Honored Guests/President's Cabinet
  • Dais Party
  • VPAA Karen Talentino
  • President John Neuhauser

For standing or sitting, covering head or removing cap, simply follow the example of the marshall and/or your class president.

On first taking places, remain standing for the National Anthem and Invocation. Rise by rows when going up to receive degree. Receive degree from President and then shake his hand. After official conferral of degree, switch tassel from right to left. At the end of the ceremony, follow Marshall and stage group in recessional. Recessional will continue to the reception area on the lawn in front of the Library.

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