Frequently Asked Questions

How do I receive tickets for the Commencement ceremony?
Eligible students may order their tickets through the SMC portal after April 1. Tickets can be emailed to family members. Four tickets are available to each student. Tickets should be printed.  Bar code scanners do not always work on cell phones and a valid ticket is required for entry. 

Are extra tickets available?
No. Due to fire regulations we must adhere to the legal capacity of the Sports Center.  However, each year there are usually a few additional tickets available after all students have obtained their initial allotment.  If this occurs, an announcement will be sent to students and tickets will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis, one per student.  Please do not call to ask for additional tickets. 

Where can I see the ceremony without a ticket?
For those without tickets or who would prefer a less crowded atmosphere, Live broadcasts can be seen on closed-circuit large screens in  McCarthy Arts Center (no tickets required, air conditioned).  In addition to this option, the ceremony can be viewed at smcvt.edu (college website).  To connect to the live stream off campus use the link, http://live.vpt.org/smc/.

I have a question not answered here. Where can I get help? 
Contact the Commencement Hotline by emailing Commencement@smcvt.edu or call 802-654-2216. On Sunday morning the Commencement Helpdesk is located in the Tarrant lobby beginning at 8:30 a.m.

What is Baccalaureate Mass?
Baccalaureate Mass is a Roman Catholic Mass in the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel the day before the Commencement ceremony. We welcome all Seniors and their families to celebrate our Roman Catholic liturgy with us as a time to pray together as a community. Graduates do not need to wear robes and are welcome to sit wherever they would like in the Chapel with their family and friends. More information on the details of worship in the Mass can be found at http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/the-mass/index.cfm.

Are personalized announcements available?
Personalized announcements/invitations (separate from the pack of 10 announcements each Senior receives) can be ordered online at balfour.com along with other Commencement items.  

What time should I arrive for the Commencement ceremony?
Doors open at 8:30 a.m.  Guests are asked to be in their seats by 9:30 a.m. 

Is there reserved seating?
The ceremony is general admission. Sections are reserved for graduates, faculty, dignitaries and the media, in addition to a section for guests with mobility or other accessibility issues. 
  
How do I make arrangements for accessible seating?
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. There will be ASL interpreters at the ceremony. 

Where should guests park?  
Please follow the directions of our public safety officers.  You may drop off your passengers at the main entrance to the Ross Sports Center, then go park your vehicle. 

Where will handicapped parking be located? 
Handicapped parking is available for vehicles displaying disability registration plates or removable windshield placards.  Please follow the directions of the public safety officers. 

How long does the ceremony last?
For planning purposes the graduation ceremony lasts approximately 2-2 ½ hours.

Will pictures and DVD’s be available?  
If you wish to purchase the 2019 Commencement DVD, you can order it through the Campus Store.
Our Commencement photographer is Grad Images. Pictures of students receiving their diplomas from President Sterritt will be available on their website at www.gradimages.com.  You will be receiving a mailing with more information and offers.
 

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