Commencement 2022

COMMENCEMENT 2022

The Commencement for the Class of 2022 was held on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. in an outdoor ceremony on the Saint Michael’s College campus. Check out all the highlights at the links below:

To read the 2022 Commencement program, click here

To view a video of highlights, click here

To view a photo gallery, click here


Watch the 2022 Commencement Ceremony


The following graduates were erroneously omitted from Honor Society listings in the 2022 Commencement program:

Pi Mu Epsilon:
Elizabeth Jane Marini
Emily Sancomb
Dylan Robert Wawruck
Jacob Karl Burcroff
Michael Coleman O’Shaughnessy

Sigma Xi:
Danielle Corinne Butler

We sincerely apologize for this omission.

Dan Misleh

The Commencement Speaker for the Class of 2022 will be Dan Misleh, Founder of the Catholic Climate Covenant.
The Catholic Climate Covenant is a partnership of 20 national Catholic organizations engaged in a serious and sustained conversation about climate change, focused on promotion of the common good, protection of the poor, and the exercise of prudence.

The Covenant’s outreach, organizing, and advocacy efforts have attracted more than 30,000 Catholic groups and individuals to support and carry out its mission. The group also provides educational materials to youth, young adults, parishes, and other Catholic organizations.

Under Mr. Misleh’s leadership, the Covenant has launched Catholic Energies, a program designed to help Catholic facilities realize significant savings through smart energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, particularly solar. To date, Catholic Energies has installed $20 million of solar projects in 14 states and territories.

Mr. Misleh is a highly sought spokesperson on the Catholic approach to climate change. He has addressed countless audiences from national environmental and religious leaders to high school students and teachers. He has written numerous articles and has been quoted in The Washington Post, New York Times, Catholic News Service, America Magazine and National Catholic Reporter, among others.

For 40 years, Mr. Misleh has been involved in the social mission of the Catholic Church, since his own Catholic undergraduate education at Xavier University in Cincinnati and two years volunteering in Alaska with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He holds a master’s degree from the Franciscan School of Theology in California. In 2015, he received the Harry A. Fagan Award by the Roundtable Association of Social Action Directors for his “unique contributions made to the achievement of the Catholic vision of social justice in the national or international community.”

Students must submit a Graduation Application through KnightVision Self-Service in order to receive information about commencement, and to be eligible for tickets.  Please direct any follow-up questions to the Registrar’s Office. 

Weather  

The ceremony will be held outdoors, rain or shine. In the event of a passing shower, a short rain delay may be called. The ceremony may be shortened if the rain is steady, and the speeches will be posted on our website. In the event of dangerous weather, the ceremony will be cancelled.  Please plan for the weather of the day, including hot temperatures if sunny.  

Please note, umbrellas obstruct the view of other guests and will not be permitted to be used within the ticketed seating area.  

Tickets for Commencement  

Qualified Seniors will receive 4 tickets when picking up their caps and gowns on April 20th. No additional tickets are available.    

Selling tickets is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Students who do this will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony and their tickets will be invalidated. All students should be aware that if they purchase a ticket in this manner, it may not be valid for entry.  

The ceremony will be live-streamed.  The link will be on the Commencement website the morning of the ceremony.

Pets are not allowed at the ceremony, except for ADA-certified service animals.  

Senior Salute Day – Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  

Pick up Caps and Gowns and Announcements  

Alliot Student Center Lobby  

  • Seniors can start picking up their caps, gowns, tassels, tickets and pack of 10 announcements at the Senior Salute Day in the Alliot Student Center Lobby. There is no cost to the Seniors.  
  • Gold Honors tassels for students receiving Latin honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude & cum laude) will be available for pickup.  
  • Seniors can purchase a class ring atjostens.comorbalfour.com, and a Jostens Class Ring representative will be here at the Senior Salute Day event.  
  • Senior Week tickets and info will be available  
  • Light refreshments will be available  

After this date, cap and gown, honors tassels, tickets, and announcements can be picked up at the Campus Store.  

Saturday, May 14, 2022  

Baccalaureate Mass- 4:00 p.m.  

Graduates and their families are invited to attend the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, May 14th, at 4 p.m. in the Chapel. Graduates do not march in procession for the Mass and no academic robes are worn for the occasion. Please plan to sit with your families and friends for this important part of the Commencement activities.  

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Commencement morning  

Graduates must be at the Alliot Student Center no later than 9:15 a.m.to robe and form the academic procession. Seniors will pick up a name card and be placed alphabetically by the Student Life Staff. Masters Candidates will be placed by degree by the Graduate Registrar.  

The procession steps off from Hoehl Parking lot at 9:50 a.m.  

Upon arrival on the library lawn, follow directions to your seat, and remain standing for the National Anthem and Invocation.  

Graduate will rise by rows when going up to receive diplomas.After receiving your diploma, proceed to the X at the front of the library steps, then exit down the ramp. Photographs will be taken at the exit ramp.  After official conferral of degree, switch tassel from right to left.  

At the end of the ceremony, follow directions to join behind the marshal, dais group, and honored guests in recessional. Recessional will continue to the reception area on the lawn if weather is conducive to an outside reception.  

Moving Out of Residence Halls  

In order to help our Residence Hall and Physical Plant staff prepare for summer occupancy, all rooms should be cleared of student belongings by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.
Please follow the instructions provided by your RA or RD for returning your room and house keys.
Mail keys should be returned to the mailroom.  

Commencement Hotline  

The College offers a Commencement Hotline (phone and e-mail) that will be accessible from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help with whatever questions or information graduating students and their parents may have. Please read our FAQ section before calling the hotline.
Hotline questions can be emailed tocommencement@smcvt.eduor you can call 802.654.2216.  

Saturday, May 14, 2022  

Baccalaureate Mass- 4:00 p.m.  

Graduates and their families are invited to attend the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, May 14th, at 4 p.m. in the Chapel. Graduates do not march in procession for the Mass and no academic robes are worn for the occasion. Please plan to sit with your families and friends for this important part of the Commencement activities. 

Weather  

The ceremony will be held outdoors, rain or shine. In the event of a passing shower, a short rain delay may be called. The ceremony may be shortened if the rain is steady, and the speeches will be posted on our website. In the event of dangerous weather, the ceremony will be cancelled.   

Pets 

Pets are not allowed at the ceremony with the exception of ADA certified service animals.  

Tickets for Commencement  

Qualified Seniors will receive 4 tickets when picking up their caps and gowns on April 20th.  No additional tickets are available.   

Additional Tickets  

Additional tickets are not available. We regret that we cannot provide additional tickets, so ask that you please do not call to ask for an exception.  

Accommodations  

We suspect that most of you have already booked accommodations for Saturday night. However, please remember also to make local restaurant reservations ahead of time for Saturday and/or Sunday. Our web page, smcvt.edu/hotels provides information on hotels offering discounts for Saint Michael’s visitors. You can find additional information on the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Web site atvermont.orgor call 802.863.3489, toll-free at 877.686.5253.  

Parking  

Public Safety will be directing parking on the day of Commencement. You may drop passengers off at the designated area and then park your vehicle. Disabled parking is available for vehicles displaying disability registration plates or removable windshield placards. Please follow the directions of the public safety officers.  

Seating: Ticketed  

Ticket holders should plan to be seated by 9:30 AM. Please note that tickets are required for children. Seating area opens at 8:30 a.m.  Tickets are not required for the Baccalaureate Mass.  

Seating: Special Needs  

Our Public Safety and Special Events staff are pleased to direct our guests with special needs to designated areas. Reservations are not needed. We ask that you plan for one additional family member to sit in that section as well. Our staff will assist you as necessary. Please plan to arrive early. Seating area opens at 8:30 a.m. There will be ASL interpreters at the ceremony. Please call ahead for seating close to the interpreters.    

Non-Ticketed guests  

The ceremony will be live-streamed.  The link will be on the Commencement website the morning of the ceremony. 

Reception  

Immediately following Commencement, the Commencement Reception will be held on the 300’s field.  Light refreshments will be served. In case of rain, the reception will be held in the Tarrant Recreation Center.  

Items for Purchase  

During Commencement Weekend, the Campus Store will be open on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Personalized announcements/invitations (separate from the pack of 10 announcements each Senior receives) – orders can be placed online atbalfour.comalong with other Commencement items  

Flower arrangements will be available for purchase in the Ross Sports Center on Commencement Day.

Class Ring – Contactjostens.comorbalfour.com, and a Jostens Class Ring representative will be here at the Senior Salute Day event (date to be determined).  

Senior photos are available online after the ceremony: GradImages.com  

Prohibited Items

For safety and because of limited space in the seating areas, the following items are prohibited to bring to commencement for students and guests.

Fire Arms
Backpacks
Large purses
Bottles
Brief cases
Tripods for cameras
Coolers
Umbrellas
Pets
Alcohol
Luggage
Pepper Spray
Knives
Drones
Large Wrapped gifts
Aerosol Spray cans

Degree Requirements   

To earn the Degree of Bachelor of Arts or the Degree of Bachelor of Science a student must:   

  • Complete a minimum of 128 credits, with a minimum of 32 different courses.   
  • Complete the degree requirements of one of the established majors.   
  • Complete the core curriculum requirements. 
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative quality point average of 2.0 and a minimum of a 2.0 average in courses taken in the major.   
  • Complete a minimum of 24 of the last 32 credits at Saint Michael’s.   
  • Transfer students must earn a minimum of 32 credits at Saint Michael’s.   
  • Fill out a graduation application at the beginning of the academic year in which the degree is expected.   

It is the responsibility of the student – in consultation with the advisor – to enroll in the appropriate courses in order to meet degree requirements.   

Participation in Commencement 

Graduating Students
Students who have completed all of their degree requirements by the end of a given spring semester are fully eligible to participate in May Commencement Exercises. Graduates will have their names called, process across the stage to receive their diplomas, and have their names printed in the Commencement program. 

Processing Students
Undergraduate students who are within eight credits of meeting their degree requirements are eligible to “walk” at the May Commencement Exercises. “Walkers” have their names called, process across the stage to receive a blank diploma cover, and are listed in the Commencement program. 

Robing Students 

Undergraduate students who are not eligible to graduate or “walk” (as outlined above) – yet feel an affiliation with the graduating class – may “robe” for the Commencement ceremony. “Robers” process with their class at the beginning and end of the ceremony. They do not have their names called, and they are not listed in the Commencement program. 

How do I receive tickets for the Commencement ceremony?  

Qualified Seniors will receive 4 tickets when picking up their caps and gowns on April 20th.  No additional tickets are available.    

 Are extra tickets available?
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide extra tickets. Please do not contact the College for an exception.  

Where can I see the ceremony without a ticket?  

The ceremony will be live-streamed.  The link will be on the Commencement website the morning of the ceremony.  

What about bad weather?
The ceremony will be held outdoors, rain or shine. In the event of a passing shower, a short rain delay may be called. The ceremony may be shortened if the rain is steady, and the speeches will be posted on our website. In the event of dangerous weather, the ceremony will be cancelled.  Please plan for the weather of the day, including hot temperatures if sunny.  

Pets 

Pets are not allowed at the ceremony, except for ADA-certified service animals.  

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 Teaching Garden 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  https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/the-mass. Tickets are not needed for the Baccalaureate Mass. 

Are personalized announcements available?  

Personalized announcements/invitations (separate from the pack of 10 announcements each Senior receives) can be ordered online atbalfour.comalong with other Commencement items.  

What time should I arrive for the Commencement ceremony?  

Seating area opens 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 designated areas. We ask that you plan for one additional family member to sit in that section as well. Our staff will assist you by moving chairs as necessary. Please plan to arrive early. Seating area opens at 8:30 a.m. There will be ASL interpreters at the ceremony. Please call ahead for seating close to the interpreters.    

Where should guests park?  

Please follow the directions of our public safety officers. You may drop off your passengers at the designated spot,  then go park your vehicle.  

Where will disabled parking be located?  

Disabled 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?  

Commencement DVDs will not be available this year.

Our Commencement photographer is Grad Images. Pictures of graduates will be available on their website at: gradimages.com. You will be receiving a mailing with more information and offers.  

Regalia may be ordered at the Campus Store. The Campus Store can be reached at 802.654.2517.  

On the day of Commencement (Sunday, May 15, 2022):  

Faculty robe in Cheray 101 at 9:15 a.m.
Procession begins at 9:50 a.m.
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  
  • President  

Commencement Hotline:
802-654-2216
Commencement@smcvt.edu 

Academic Affairs:
Denise Brault
802.654.2216
dbrault@smcvt.edu 

Alumni & Parent Relations:
Angela Armour
802.654.2527
armour@smcvt.edu 

Campus Store:
Steve McMahon
802.654.2517
Smcmahon2@smcvt.edu 

Registrar:
Marnie Owen
802.654.2571  

Public Safety/Switchboard:
802.654.2000

Special Events:
John Hill
802.654.2615 

Student Activities:
Kerri Leach
802.654.2568
kleach@smcvt.edu 

Residence Life:
Jeff Vincent
802.543.2754 
jvincent@smcvt.edu