Commencement Schedule of Events

Beginning March 31st Seniors will be able to order and print their Commencement tickets (up to four) on the Saint Michael's College Portal.   Tickets are required to attend the Commencement ceremony in the Ross Sports Center. Guests are asked to be in their seats by 9:30 a.m.  Please note, tickets are required for children. Tickets are not required for the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday. 

Honor tassels for summa cum laude, magna cum laude & cum laude graduates will be available for pickup Senior Salute day, Wednesday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Alliot Hall and then the Campus bookstore until Commencement day. 

*Note: Visitors are limited to what can be brought into the commencement venue. Please review the full list of prohibited items here.


Baccalaureate - Saturday, May 13, 2017

Families are encouraged to attend the Baccalaureate Mass.  No tickets are required.


Commencement - Sunday, May 14, 2017

  • 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 - see below for location
  • 9:50 AM    Procession
  • 10:00 AM  Commencement, Ross Sports Center
                       

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 on closed-circuit large screens in  McCarthy Arts Center (no tickets required, air conditioned).  In addition the ceremony can be viewed at smcvt.edu, or to connect to the live stream off campus use the link, http://live.vpt.org/smc/.

Our Public Safety and Special Events staff are pleased to direct our guests with special needs to a designated section.  We ask that you plan for one additional family member to sit in that section as well.  The staff will assist you by moving chairs, if necessary.  Please plan to arrive early. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

Graduates, please plan to be at the Alliot Student Center no later than 9:15 a.m. 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 Marshal.

Order of Procession: 

  • Saint Andrew's Pipe Band of Vermont
  • Grand Marshal 
  • Seniors
  • Masters Candidates
  • Faculty Marshal
  • Faculty/Staff
  • Honored Guests Marshal
  • 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 Marshal and stage group in recessional. Recessional will continue to the reception area on the lawn in front of the Library.


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