General Commencement Information

When and Where is Commencement?

Day and Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015
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!

When Do Graduating Students Have To Be There?

You will be expected to line up at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in the Rita Bole Gymnasium. Please wear your regalia. You may also pick up your regalia on that date. The Bookstore will be set up in the Theatre Lobby that morning.

Who May Participate In The Ceremony?

You must be a matriculated, degree seeking student,
and You must have filed, by November 14, 2014, at the latest, a Request to Graduate on-line through Web Services, (you should apply a year prior to your anticipated graduation), and you must be approved for graduation by the Faculty Assembly,
and 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 You must be wearing green (Associates) or black (Bachelors) academic regalia in order to process,
and 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 at 802 626-6495.

How Long Does The Commencement Ceremony Last?

Typically, the ceremony lasts for two hours, until 1:00 p.m.

Who Will Be The Guest Speaker?

Robert Shetterly
Humanitarian, Educator, Activist, Artist

Robert ShetterlyRobert Shetterly was born in 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated in 1969 from Harvard College with a degree in English Literature. At Harvard he took some courses in drawing which changed the direction of his creative life — from the written word to the image. Also, during this time, he was active in Civil Rights and in the Anti-Vietnam War movement.

After college and moving to Maine in 1970, he taught himself drawing, printmaking, and painting. While trying to become proficient in printmaking and painting, he illustrated widely. For twelve years he did the editorial page drawings for The Maine Times newspaper, illustrated National Audubon’s children’s newspaper Audubon Adventures, and approximately 30 books.

Robert´s paintings and prints are in collections all over the U.S. and Europe. A collection of his drawings & etchings, Speaking Fire at Stones, was published in 1993. He is well known for his series of 70 painted etchings based on William Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell”, and for another series of 50 painted etchings reflecting on the metaphor of the Annunciation.

His painting has tended toward the narrative and the surreal, however, for more than ten years he has been painting the series of portraits Americans Who Tell the Truth. The exhibit has been traveling around the country since 2003. Venues have included everything from university museums and grade school libraries to sandwich shops, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, and the Superior Court in San Francisco. To date, the exhibits have visited 26 states. In 2005, Dutton published a book of the portraits by the same name. In 2006, the book won the top award of the International Reading Association for Intermediate non-fiction.

The portraits have given Shetterly an opportunity to speak with children and adults all over this country about the necessity of dissent in a democracy, the obligations of citizenship, sustainability, US history, and how democracy cannot function if politicians don’t tell the truth, if the media don’t report it, and if the people don’t demand it.

Shetterly has also engaged in a wide variety of political and humanitarian work with many of the people whose portraits he has painted. In the spring of 2007, he traveled to Rwanda with Lily Yeh and Terry Tempest Williams to work in a village of survivors of the 1994 genocide there. Much of his current work focuses on honoring and working with the activists trying to bring an end to the terrible practice of Mountaintop Removal by coal companies in Appalachia, on climate change, and on the continuation of systemic racism in the US particularly in relation to the school to prison pipeline.

Since 1990, he has been the President of the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA), and a producer of the UMVA’s Maine Masters Project, an on-going series of video documentaries about Maine artists.

To view his work, please visit: http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org

Tickets and Seating

How Many Tickets Will I Receive?

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!

Is There Special Seating Available?

Yes. Some students have parents, grandparents or other guests who may need special assistance at the ceremony; thus, we have available spaces for wheelchairs under the tent. We also offer a live broadcast in our Alexander Twilight Theatre, which is a climate-controlled space with easy access to restrooms. This has proven to be a viable option for some guests when they find it too cold, too hot, or too crowded under the tent.

Announcements

Where May I Order Formal Announcements?

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.

Caps & Gowns

Where May I Order My Cap And Gown?

To participate in May 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 and gown at the time you order. Please note that any regalia not purchased through the Bookstore must be approved by Evelyn Franz in the Registrar’s Office. No three-dimensional objects will be allowed on tops of caps. It is expected that all graduates will dress appropriately for the occasion.

Where and When May I Pick Up My Cap and Gown?

You may pick up your regalia at the Bookstore after May 7. Other options: regalia will be available to be picked up prior to the 3 p.m. Robing Ceremony on May 7. You may also pick up your gown before Rehearsal on May 15, or you may pick up your gown the day of Commencement, before 10 a.m. 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.

Graduate Sashes

The Bookstore will also have special Lyndon sashes (green and gold with the Lyndon seal) available for friends or family to purchase for a graduate to wear during graduation. If you wish to order one of these special sashes, please contact the Bookstore at 802 626-6466. These sashes will also be available at Commencement.

Parking & Guest Services

Where Do Families Park On Sunday, May 17?

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.

Where Do Graduates Park On Sunday, May 17?

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!

May I Bring A Pet?

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.

Where Should My Family Make Hotel Reservations?

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.

Other Commencement Activities

Event: “Ticket To Commencement” — March 10, 2015

This special event is held for all graduates on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Moore Community Room. Similar to the Ticket to Graduate event held in the fall, you will receive a complimentary lunch if you visit all of the required information tables for this event! You can verify your name for your diploma, order your cap & gown, enjoy some music, take photos with friends in the photo booth, find out about Senior Week, etc.

Robing Ceremony, May 7, 2015

The Robing Ceremony, held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2015, in the Alexander Twilight Theatre, is the official kick-off ceremony to Commencement. 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. Family members are welcome to attend this festive occasion. No tickets are needed. There is also a class photo taken after this ceremony.

Senior Week Activities, May 13–16, 2015

The Senior Week committee plans fun events that take place the week leading up to graduation. Events are currently being planned. For more information, contact Sara Lussier, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, at sara.lussier@lyndonstate.edu or 802 626-6426.

Mandatory Rehearsal, May 15, 2015

Rehearsal is on Friday, May 15, 2015, 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.

What If I Am A December Graduate? Do I Have To Go To Rehearsal?

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 staff.

** IMPORTANT REMINDER: Alcohol is not allowed at Commencement. **

Photography

Will The Ceremony Be Videotaped?

Yes, a professional video production crew will tape the entire ceremony. Kingdom Access Television (KATV) will produce DVDs of the ceremony. Order forms for KATV will 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.

What About Photographs?

In addition to the videographer, a professional photographer from Graduation Images will record the moment when you are awarded your diploma folder. 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.

My Parents Would Like To Take Photographs During The Ceremony. What Do I Need To Know?

Guests are welcome to take photographs. They are simply asked to refrain from blocking the aisles or interfering with other guests’ views of the ceremony. Please be respectful of all graduates and guests. There will also be plenty of opportunity to take photographs at the reception after the ceremony.

Diplomas & Transcripts

When Will I Get My Diploma?

Lyndon State College will be mailing ALL diplomas to graduates’ home addresses after the ceremony. This process allows Lyndon State College to move to a more secure system in delivering diplomas. Diplomas will arrive at your home three to four after the May 2015 Commencement Ceremony.

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 at evelyn.franz@lyndonstate.edu. 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.

How Do I Get My Transcript?

Transcripts (for May graduates) should be available during the first or second week of June. Please go to the website http://www.iwantmytranscript.com to order your transcript. You must have met all financial obligations 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:

  1. Final cumulative average falls below 2.0;
  2. Failure to complete degree requirements;
  3. Transcripts not received from other colleges attended;
  4. Incomplete grades not submitted;
  5. Not passing the required graduation standards.

Other Important Information

What If I Owe The College Money?

Occasionally a few students forget to clear all their accounts with the College. Don’t be one of them. By Friday, May 1, 2015, please make sure that all outstanding accounts with the Student Services Center, Library, Public Safety, Residence Life, etc., are resolved. Diplomas and transcripts will be delayed if you have any outstanding accounts.

If I Have A Student Loan, Is There Something I Need To Do?

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 Direct Loan program is completed online.

  • Visit https://studentloans.gov
  • Sign in using your FAFSA PIN
  • Select “Complete Counseling”
  • Choose “Exit Counseling”
  • Click “Start”

The session will take about 20–30 minutes to complete.

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 Student Services at 802 626-6396.

I Live On Campus. Is There Anything Else I Need To Know?

Graduating seniors must make arrangements with residence hall staff to check out of their residence hall room before Commencement on Sunday, May 17, 2015. 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 14, 2015. Also, mailbox keys must be turned in by May 15, 2015.

Alumni Association

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! alumni.lyndonstate.edu.

Graduate Survey

As a newly minted member of the Lyndon State College alumni, please watch for a postcard from Career Services in late October with a link to complete a quick Graduate Survey. Essentially, we would like to know what you are doing after graduation and if there is anything we can do to assist with your job search! Feel free to update us with your new contact information at careers@lyndonstate.edu.

Questions

For general Commencement information, contact:
Tracy Sherbrook, Assistant to the Academic Dean
tracy.sherbrook@lyndonstate.edu
802 626-6406

If you have questions about your eligibility to graduate, please contact:
Evelyn Franz, in the Registrar’s Office
evelyn.franz@lyndonstate.edu
802 626-6495

For questions about Senior Week activities, contact:
Sara Lussier, Assistant Director of Annual Giving
sara.lussier@lyndonstate.edu
802 626-6426