May Commencement Activities 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
Lyndon State College Soccer Field, under the tent
Recommendations for attire on our upcoming rainy Sunday Commencement at Lyndon:
Warm/weatherproof jackets, sweaters, no open-toed shoes (the field is apt to be damp or even a bit soggy), gloves, warm hats, and even blankets! We want folks to be comfortable. The ceremony often lasts more than two hours. A live broadcast is available in the Theatre for those who don’t wish to sit under the tent (close to bathrooms and it is warm). Family members, don’t forget that you can always watch on Livestream from the comfort of your own home.
Before the Ceremony, 9:30 a.m.: Breakfast social for everyone in the theater lobby.
After the Ceremony: Coffee social for everyone in the Stannard Gym. Great photo opportunity with faculty!
Visit the 2017 Commencement Facebook page! Please share with your family and friends.
Thursday, May 4
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. ~ Graduates may pick up their cap and gown in the theater lobby prior to the ceremony.
3:00 p.m. ~ Robing Ceremony and Senior Awards ~ Alexander Twilight Theatre
- Charge to the Graduates: Sean Doll, Assistant Professor, Mountain Recreation Management
- Student Speaker: Kyle Gadapee, Class of 2017
- Investiture of Robes: Nolan Atkins, Interim President
4:30 p.m. ~ Robing Reception ~ Stannard Gymnasium
4:45 p.m. ~ Senior Class Photo ~ Stannard Gymnasium
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.
Friday, May 12
2:00 p.m. ~ Rehearsal and Senior Toast ~ Rita Bole Gym and Commencement Tent
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.
Graduates will be able to pick up their pre-ordered tickets for family members at this time.
Sunday, May 14
9:30 a.m. ~ Breakfast Social for Families ~ Theatre Lobby
10:00 a.m. ~ Graduate Line-up ~ Rita Bole Gym
10:30 a.m. ~ Platform Party and Faculty Lineup ~ Theatre Lobby
11:00 a.m. ~ Commencement Ceremony
Under the Commencement tent on the soccer field as well as by live broadcast in the Alexander Twilight Theatre
- Abenaki Ceremonial Blessing: Chief Donald Stevens, Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk, Abenaki Nation
- National Anthem, America the Beautiful, and Class Song: Alexandra Conroy and Julianne Corcoran, Class of 2017
- Student Speaker: Olivia Lapierre, Class of 2017
- Special Guest Speaker: Senator Bernie Sanders
- Lyndon Alma Mater: The Kingdom Crescendos Acapella
- Bagpipes, processional and recessional: Catamount Pipe Band
Post-Commencement Photographs and Dessert and Coffee Social ~ Stannard Gymnasium
Details for Graduating Students
When do graduating students have to be there?
You will be expected to line up at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 14, 2017, 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 theater lobby that morning.
Who may participate in the ceremony?
You must be a matriculated, degree-seeking student,
You must have filed, by November 18, 2016, 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,
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,
You must be wearing green (Associates) or black (Bachelors) 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 at 802-626-6495.
How long does the commencement ceremony last?
Typically, the ceremony lasts for two to two and one-half hours, until 1:00 or 1:30 p.m.
About Guest Speaker
Senator Bernie Sanders has represented Vermont in Congress since 1991, first as representative and, since 2006, senator. His commitment to social justice and access to higher education closely matches Lyndon’s own mission. We are excited that he will share his day with us as we cap Lyndon’s three-year run celebrating a year of social justice, a year of compassion, and this year, courage.
Senator Sanders’ Lyndon address comes the day after his appearance at Johnson State College’s commencement. Sanders’ address at Lyndon, combined with Johnson’s commencement the day before, will symbolically mark the kick-off of the transition of our two colleges to Northern Vermont University. We couldn’t be more pleased that Sanders will help celebrate our combined future by encouraging and inspiring both of our student communities.
In coming years, our two campuses will continue the tradition of hosting our own commencement speakers as part of maintaining our two distinct cultures.
Graduation will be a ticketed event this year. The event will be live streamed in the Alexander Twilight Theatre.
Tickets and Seating
How many tickets will I receive?
This year, tickets will be required for family members at the Commencement ceremony. There is no reserved seating, but up to ten tickets will be allotted to each graduate (graduates do not need a ticket). 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. Please note that the live broadcast in the Alexander Twilight Theatre will not require tickets but priority seating will be given to family members with tickets.
Graduates will need to see Evelyn Franz in the Registrar’s Office, weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., to reserve their tickets. The deadline to order tickets is April 30. Contact info: email@example.com. There is no charge for these ten tickets.
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. Priority seating will be given to family members with tickets.
Where may I order formal announcements?
Please visit Balfour’s website to order announcements: www.balfour.com. Simply type in Lyndon State College on the opening page and proceed from there.
Caps and 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 4. Other options: regalia will be available to be picked up prior to the 3:00 p.m. Robing Ceremony on May 4. You may also pick up your gown before rehearsal on May 12, or you may pick up your gown the day of commencement, before 10:00 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.
Parking and Guest Services
Where do families park Sunday, May 14?
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 Sunday, May 14?
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 www.nekchamber.com and at www.lyndonvermont.com. Two of the larger hotels in the area to consider are The Comfort Inn and 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 www.wildflowerinn.com and
the new Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Center, which also has fabulous views and two restaurants on site (802-626-7400 or firstname.lastname@example.org). The Hotel is offering a special rate to families of graduates that weekend. Both of these establishments are only about 10-15 minutes from the College.
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. Order form attached.
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 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 opportunities to take photographs at the reception after the ceremony.
For family and friends unable to attend the ceremony:
For family and friends who are unable to attend but who would like to watch the ceremony on-line, please use the following link to access the ceremony after 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 14.
Diplomas and 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 weeks after the May 2017 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 email@example.com. 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 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 I might not graduate?
The most common reasons for students being disappointed at the last minute are:
- Final cumulative average falls below 2.0
- Failure to complete degree requirements
- Transcripts not received from other colleges attended
- Incomplete grades not submitted
- Not passing the required graduation standards
For general Commencement information: Tracy Sherbrook, Assistant to the Academic Dean, 802-626-6406. She will be happy to talk to you! You may also e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about your eligibility to graduate: Evelyn Franz in the Registrar’s Office at 802-626-6495 or at email@example.com.
For questions about Senior Week activities: Sara Lussier, Director of Annual Giving and Acting Director of Alumni Relations, 802-626-6426, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Senior Week Information: http://alumni.lyndonstate.edu/seniorweek2016
Link for parents with Senior Week sponsorship information (includes form for Senior Message to be placed in Commencement brochure): http://alumni.lyndonstate.edu/swsponsor2016
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, April 28, 2017, 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, which would include a Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized 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 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 14, 2017. 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 12, 2017. Also, mailbox keys must be turned in by May 12, 2017.
Alumni Association and Career Services
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 to 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
As a newly minted member of the Lyndon State College alumni, please watch for a postcard from Career Services by late fall 2017 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 email@example.com.
Tracy Sherbrook, Assistant to the Academic Dean