It’s too early to offer complete details on the 2014 ceremony, but we hope the general information presented here will answer your questions.
Day and Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.
Place: Lyndon State College Soccer Field, under the tent
Receptions: Before the ceremony, Theatre Lobby, breakfast social for everyone at 9:30 a.m.
After the ceremony, Stannard Gym, coffee social for everyone. Great photo opportunity with faculty! Just look for the department flag.
Typically, the ceremony lasts for two hours, until 1 p.m.
You will be expected to line up at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in the Rita Bole Gymnasium. Please wear your regalia. You may also pick up your regalia on that date.
You must be a matriculated, degree seeking student,
You must have filed by March 15th at the latest, a Request to Graduate on-line through Web Services submitted along with a program evaluation signed by your advisor with the Registrar’s Office (you should apply a year prior to your anticipated graduation), and you must have been approved for graduation by the Faculty Assembly,
You must have a 2.0 G.P.A. (may be higher for some majors), and a minimum of 122 credits (BA and BS candidates), 62 credits (AA and AS candidates), and must meet all degree requirements in your catalog. Master’s candidates require a minimum of 36 credits and a 3.0 GPA,
You must be wearing green (Associates) or black (Bachelors and Master’s) or academic regalia in order to process,
You must behave in a manner appropriate to the dignity of the occasion.
Please note: If your attendance plans have changed since you applied for a degree, please notify Evelyn Franz in the Registrar’s Office by e-mail.
Good news! No tickets are required for the Commencement ceremony. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be aware that the traditional plastic folding seats are very close together to maximize available seating (some seats are attached per the fire code). We ask that attendees please be respectful of their neighbors and practice civility at all times.
Yes. Some students have parents, grandparents or other guests who may need special assistance at the ceremony. We have reserved spaces for wheelchairs under the tent. We also live broadcast in our Alexander Twilight Theatre, which is a climate-controlled space with easy access to restrooms. This has proven to be a very nice option for some guests when they find it too cold or too hot to be outside under the tent.
Please visit Balfour’s website to order announcements: http://www.balfour.com. Simply type in Lyndon State College on the opening page and proceed from there.
To participate in Commencement, you must wear a cap and gown. Contact the Bookstore immediately at 802 626-6466 if you have not yet ordered your regalia. Please be prepared to pay for the cap & gown at the time you order. Please note that any regalia not purchased through the Bookstore must be approved by Evelyn Franz in Student Services. No three-dimensional objects will be allowed on tops of caps. It is expected that all graduates will dress appropriately for the occasion. Dress as if you were going to an important job interview!
Regalia will be available to be picked up prior to the 3 p.m. Robing Ceremony on May 8. Students can pick up Cap and Gowns anytime after the Robing Ceremony, before rehearsal and before 10:30 a.m. on Commencement morning. The sooner you get your regalia, the sooner you will know whether it is the correct fit. If you have concerns regarding regalia, please call the Bookstore at 802 626-6466.
The Bookstore will also have special Lyndon sashes (green and gold with the Lyndon seal) available for parents to purchase for their graduate to wear during graduate. If you wish to order one of these special sashes for your graduate, please contact the Bookstore at 802 626-6466. These sashes will also be available at Commencement.
Actual honors will be determined by your final cumulative GPA and will be indicated on your diploma. Students are awarded Latin Honors as follows: summa cum laude (cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher), magna cum laude (cumulative GPA of 3.7–3.89) and cum laude (3.5–3.69). Graduating undergraduates who have completed 62 letter-graded credits in the VSC are eligible for Latin Honors.
Participating undergraduate candidates receiving Latin Honors are given Gold Tassels during Line-up right before the beginning of the Ceremony to go along with their Black Tassels.
Since most underclassmen will no longer be on campus, there should be sufficient parking for all visitors on the campus. Public Safety officials will be on campus all day to direct guests to available parking areas, including the South Street parking lot. Please enter from College Road or McGoff Hill Road. Shuttle service and/or accommodations will be available for those unable to walk distances.
In order to create maximum space in parking lots for families, we request that graduating students please park in the Rita Bole Complex or Wheelock parking lots. Thank you!
Please leave your pet at home. Do not leave your pet in your vehicle. The only pets allowed at the Commencement ceremony are service animals.
Flowers will be sold on Commencement day at the Bookstore. Flowers can also be pre-ordered through the Bookstore. Please contact Anita Little, Bookstore Manager, at 802 626-6466.
If you have out-of-town guests coming who will need to stay in the area, we suggest you make hotel reservations as soon as possible. A list of area motels, hotels and bed & breakfasts can be found at http://www.nekchamber.com and at http://www.lyndonvermont.com. Two of the larger hotels in the area to consider are The Comfort Inn & Suites (802 748-1500) and the Fairbanks Inn (802 748-5666). Both hotels are only 15 minutes away from the College. Other places to consider are The Wildflower Inn (with spectacular views) at http://www.wildflowerinn.com and the Lynburke Motel at http://www.lynburkemotel.com. Both of these establishments are only 5–7 minutes from the College.
The Robing Ceremony, held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2014, in the Alexander Twilight Theatre, is the official kick-off ceremony to Commencement and Senior Week. Robes are donned, awards are given, a student speaker gives an entertaining rendition of the history of regalia, and the main speaker is a faculty member chosen by the senior class.
The Senior Week committee plans the fun events that take place the week leading up to graduation: A barbecue, social at the President’s home, dinner cruise in Burlington, seniors vs. faculty/staff athletic event, and more. For more information, contact Hannah Nelson Manley, ’97, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802 626-6433.
Rehearsal is on Friday, May 16, 2014, at 2 p.m., starting in the Rita Bole Gymnasium. Rehearsal is the time to get important information about Commencement, to practice the processional, and to understand how you will receive your diploma by taking a practice walk across the platform.
If you are a December graduate, it may be difficult for you to make the rehearsal, but this does not reduce its importance. If you do not attend rehearsal, you should plan to arrive at the Rita Bole Gym a little earlier on Sunday (by 10 a.m.) to receive full instructions from the Registrar’s Office staff.
Reminder: Alcohol is not allowed at Commencement.
Yes, a professional video production crew will tape the entire ceremony. Kingdom Access Television (KATV) will produce DVDs of the ceremony. KATV forms were included in the graduation survey you received on-line and will also be available at the ceremony. Contact information: http://katv.org, 802 751-8103, or Kingdom Access Television, 515 Bay Street, Suite 202, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.
In addition to the videographer, a professional photographer from Graduation Images will record the moment when you are congratulated by the President of Lyndon State College. Approximately one week after the ceremony, a passport-sized, full-color proof will be mailed to you. There is no obligation to purchase the photograph. If you do wish to get prints of the photo, you will have the option of ordering from a variety of enlargement packages. For more information, please contact Graduation Images at http://www.gradimages.com or call them at 800-424-3686.
Guests taking photographs or taping are asked to refrain from blocking the aisles or interfering with other guests’ views of the ceremony. Please be respectful of all graduates and guests and comply with the ushers requests.
For the 102nd Commencement Ceremony, Lyndon State College will be mailing ALL diplomas to graduates’ home addresses. This new process will allow Lyndon State College to move to a more secure system in delivering diplomas. May graduates will receive their diplomas by the end of June, August graduates will receive their diplomas by the middle of October.
On the platform at the Commencement Ceremony, in recognition of this special celebration, graduates will receive their diploma jackets with a signed congratulatory letter from the President.
Please note: If you need to have your diploma mailed to a different address other than the home address we have on file, please email Evelyn Franz in the Registrar’s office and provide an address to deliver the diploma. This will help us to get your diploma to you in the most secure and timely manner.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Dean’s Office at 802 626-6406.
Transcripts with degree date will be available 2 weeks following the degree date. Please go to the website http://www.iwantmytranscript.com to order your transcript. You must not have a financial obligation to the college in order to process a transcript request.
Is There Any Reason Why I Might Not Graduate?
The most common reasons for students being disappointed at the last minute are:
Occasionally a few students forget to clear all their accounts with the College. Don’t be one of them. By Friday, May 3, 2013, all outstanding accounts with the Student Services Center, Library, Public Safety, Residence Life, etc. should be resolved. Diplomas and transcripts will be delayed if this is not done.
If you have borrowed a Federal Student Loan (Stafford and/or Perkins Loan), federal regulations require that you complete mandatory exit counseling if you are graduating or dropping to below half time.
The federal exit counseling requirement for the Federal Stafford loan program is completed online. Visit http://www.nslds.ed.gov > Select “Exit Counseling” > Click the “Start” button. Log in using your FAFSA PIN. Approximate completion time is 30 minutes. It must be completed in one sitting. You may opt to “tour” the session first but you will not get credit for completing the requirement until you log in and start the session.
The federal exit counseling requirement for the Federal Perkins loan program is also completed online. Visit http://www.ecsi.net > Login to My Account using your account number and ECSI pin number > Click on the “Exit Interview” link. From the list of Pending Exit Interviews, select the appropriate exit to complete and follow the instructions provided.
If you have questions regarding this matter, please contact Evelyn Franz in the Registrar's Office.
Graduating seniors must make arrangements with residence hall staff to check out of their residence hall room before Commencement on Sunday, May 18. There will be further information provided regarding each residence halls check out procedure in May. Regular meal service in Stevens Dining Hall will end with dinner on Thursday, May 15.
Once you graduate, you are an official member of the College’s Alumni Association. Some of the benefits of being a member include the alumni online community, group savings on home and auto insurance, continued use of the library, free admission at athletic events, continued support from Career Services, and invitations to regional alumni socials. Stay connected with your alma mater through the Alumni Association at alumni.lyndonstate.edu.
For general Commencement information, contact
Tracy Sherbrook, Assistant to the Academic Dean
If you have questions about your eligibility to graduate, contact
Evelyn Franz, Registrar's Office
For questions about Senior Week activities, contact
Hannah Manley, Director of Alumni Relations and Development
THIS IS AN EXCITING DAY FOR EVERYONE; WE STRIVE TO MAKE IT ENJOYABLE FOR ALL!