May Commencement Activities 2018

Note to graduates: Diplomas will be mailed six to eight weeks after graduation. Also, students should check their transcript to make sure their degree is listed before ordering a final transcript. The transcripts are typically finalized by the second week of June.

Commencement Ceremony

Jim Cantore ’86 has been announced as the commencement speaker for this year. Read the full press release.

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 11:00 a.m.

Lyndon State College Soccer Field, under the tent

Commencement 2018 Livestream Link


Before the Ceremony, 9:30 a.m. Theatre Lobby: Light breakfast social for everyone.

After the Ceremony, Stannard Gym: Coffee and dessert social for everyone. Great photo opportunity with faculty!

Visit the 2018 Commencement Facebook page! Please share with your family and friends.

May 10

Thursday, May 10, 2018

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. ~ Graduates may pick up their cap and gown in the Theatre lobby prior to the ceremony.

3:00 p.m. ~ Robing Ceremony and Senior Awards ~ Alexander Twilight Theatre

  • Charge to the Graduates: Ai Kamei, Assistant Professor, Education
  • Student Speaker: Jake Mead, Class of 2018
  • Investiture of Robes: President Elaine C. Collins

4:30 p.m. ~ Robing Reception ~ Stannard Gymnasium

4:45 p.m. ~ Senior Class Photo ~ Stannard Gymnasium

The Robing Ceremony is the official kick-off ceremony for Commencement. Robes are donned, awards are given, a student speaker is invited to address his/her class, 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.


May 16

Wednesday, May 16

Seniors vs. Faculty/Staff Kickball Game & Cookout*
4:00- 5:30 p.m.
Softball Field (rain location: Stannard Gym and Rotunda)
Registration required.*

*All Senior Week events require pre-registration. For more information, please contact Sara Lussier in the Alumni Office at Sara.Lussier@LyndonState.edu.

May 17

Thursday, May 17

Senior Dinner Cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen III in Burlington, Vt.
3:00 p.m.** Buses leave for Burlington, Vt.
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Happy Hour aboard the boat (we set sail at 6:00 p.m.)
6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Dinner Cruise and Dance on the Spirit of Ethan Allen III
8:30 – 11:30 p.m. Free time in Burlington
12:00 a.m. Buses leave for Lyndonville, returning at around 2:00 a.m.

Free for seniors.  $50 per guest.  Registration required.*

**Friday, April 27 –  last day to reserve a bus seat!

*All Senior Week events require pre-registration.  For more information, please contact Sara Lussier in the Alumni Office at Sara.Lussier@LyndonState.edu.

May 18

Friday, May 18

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.

What if I am a December graduate? Do I have to go to the 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 10:00 a.m.) to receive full instructions from the Registrar’s staff.

Important reminder:  Alcohol is not allowed at Commencement.


May 19

Saturday, May 19

Family Social hosted by President Elaine C. Collins
Stevens Dining Hall
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Registration required.*

*All Senior Week events require pre-registration.  For more information, please contact Sara Lussier in the Alumni Office at Sara.Lussier@LyndonState.edu.

May 20

Sunday, May 20

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

10:50 a.m. ~ Bagpipers lead processional to the Commencement tent

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

  • Ceremonial Blessing: Abby Pollender, Interfaith Chaplain, NVRH
  • National Anthem, America the Beautiful, and Class Song: All sung/played by our talented student musicians!
  • Student Speaker: G. Mitchell Most, Class of’ ’18
  • Special Guest Speaker: Jim Cantore, Class of ’86, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
  • Bagpipes, processional and recessional: Catamount Pipe Band

1:30 p.m. ~ Post-Commencement Photographs, Dessert and Coffee Social ~ Stannard Gymnasium


A Message from President Collins

Dear Class of 2018:

Congratulations from the faculty, staff, and administration of Lyndon State College on your upcoming commencement.  We are extremely proud of you and all you have achieved.  This year’s ceremony, our 106th, is especially meaningful for our entire community as we reflect on Lyndon’s great heritage and move into our exciting future as Northern Vermont University-Lyndon.

As current students, you have shared your talents, enthusiasm, and determination.  You have displayed the Hornet spirit by making a positive difference when tackling the complexities of today’s world.  We celebrate your accomplishments and eagerly anticipate learning about the impact you will soon make in your own communities.  Please remember to keep Lyndon’s values of quality, community, and integrity in all that you do.  We hope that you will maintain strong connections with your Alma Mater along your journey.

We look forward to joining you for Commencement on May 20, 2018.  We eagerly anticipate this day of celebration, beauty, and optimism for the future.  As you enter the next phase of your lives, keep in mind that the Class of 2018 will always be a part of who we are as a campus and institution.

Best wishes,

Elaine C. Collins


Details for Graduating Students

When do graduating students have to be there?
You will be expected to line up at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2018, 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, 2017, at the latest, a Request to Graduate online 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 or 1:30 p.m.

About 2018 Guest Speaker

Jim Cantore, Class of ’86, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel

Jim Cantore is one of the most recognized faces in weather. Known for his live reports from severe weather events, Cantore embodies the passion and knowledge of The Weather Channel (Weather) that makes him the weather authority viewers turn to when the forecast turns dire. He has covered every major weather event of the past 30 years, including Hurricanes Katrina and Irene and Superstorm Sandy, solidifying his role and the role of The Weather Channel as the leading source for severe weather coverage. Cantore is well known for his animated, tenacious style, both in the field and in the studio.

As Weather’s storm tracker, Cantore reports tirelessly before, during and after weather events, providing live reports and insights for the network. When not in the field, he covers the latest forecast and weather news on AMHQ, weekdays from 6 – 9 a.m. ET. He is also is a frequent contributor to NBC programs such as Nightly News with Lester Holt and TODAY, as well as for NBC affiliates nationwide and multiple MSNBC shows.

A native of White River Junction, Vermont, Cantore graduated with a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Lyndon State College, where he returns each year to work with students in the meteorology program. Weather hired Cantore out of college and he first appeared on air in July 1986. He was inducted into the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center Hall of Fame in February 2013, and in 2013 he was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Television Academy of Arts & Sciences Southeast Chapter. In 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

Jim is a sought-after speaker and serves as a celebrity ambassador for the American Red Cross, enabling him to further spread the message of preparedness, an issue of vital importance to him that carries over from his work. He has also appeared in a series of public service announcements for FEMA on the importance of preparing your home and family for severe weather.

When he’s not covering the weather, Cantore’s passion for the outdoors is equally evident in his leisure activities, which he enjoys with his two children. He is an avid skier, golfer, and gardener and makes his home in the Atlanta area. Cantore is an active supporter of several charities, including FRAXA, the National Fragile X Foundation.

In coming years, our two campuses will continue the tradition of hosting our own commencement speakers as part of maintaining our two distinct cultures.

The event will be live streamed in the Alexander Twilight Theatre.

Tickets and Seating

How many tickets will I receive?
Good news! No tickets are required for Lyndon’s 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.

Formal Announcements

Where may I order formal announcements?
Please visit Balfour’s website to order announcements: 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 10. Other options: regalia will be available to be picked up prior to the 3:00 p.m. Robing Ceremony on May 10. You may also pick up your gown before rehearsal on May 18, 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 20?
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 prior to the ceremony to direct guests to available parking areas. 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 20?
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 and breakfasts can be found at NEKChamber.com and at LyndonVermont.com. Three of the larger hotels in the area to consider are The Comfort Inn and Suites (802.748.1500), the Fairbanks Inn (802.748.5666), and the new Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Center, which has fabulous views and two restaurants on site (802.626.7400 or Reserve@SkiBurke.com). Another place to consider is The Wildflower Inn, with spectacular views and an in-house restaurant, at WildflowerInn.com. All 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. KATV Order Form for KATV will be available at the ceremony. Contact information: KATV.org, 802.751.8103, or Kingdom Access Television, 515 Bay Street, Suite 202, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. KATV 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 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 online, please use the following link to access the ceremony after 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 20.


Diplomas and Transcripts

When will I get my diploma?
Lyndon State College will mail 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 2018 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@NorthernVermont.edu. This will help us to get your diploma to you in the most secure and timely manner.

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@NorthernVermont.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 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:

  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


For general Commencement information, contact Tracy Sherbrook, Assistant to the Provost, at 802.626.6406. She will be happy to talk to you! You may also e-mail her at Tracy.Sherbrook@NorthernVermont.edu.

If you have questions about your eligibility to graduate, please contact Evelyn Franz in the Registrar’s Office at 802.626.6495 or at Evelyn.Franz@NorthernVermont.edu.

For questions about Senior Week activities, contact Sara Lussier, Director of Annual Giving and Acting Director of Alumni Relations, at 802.626.6426, or at Sara.Lussier@NorthernVermont.edu.



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 27, 2018, 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 halftime. The federal exit counseling requirement for the Federal Direct Loan program is completed online.

  • Visit StudentLoans.gov
  • Sign in using your FAFSA PIN
  • Select “Complete Loan Counseling (Entrance | Financial Awareness | Exit)”
  • 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 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 your student loans, please contact Deneen Russell at 802-635-1215.

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 20, 2018. There will be further information provided regarding each residence hall’s check-out procedure in May. Regular meal service in Stevens Dining Hall will end with dinner on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Also, mailbox keys must be turned in by May 18, 2018.

Senior Week

What is Senior Week?
Senior Week is a series of social events for graduating seniors and their families, designed to provide a relaxing way for seniors to connect as a class one more time before graduation.

When is Senior Week? 
This year it will be Wednesday, May 16 to Saturday, May 19.

What events happen during Senior Week? 
There will be a Seniors vs. Faculty/Staff Kickball Game and Cookout (Wednesday), a Senior Dinner Cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen III (Thursday), a Senior Toast at the Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal (Friday), and a Family Social with President Elaine C. Collins (Saturday). (Complete schedule with times and locations available above.)

What do I have to do to participate? 
To participate in Senior Week activities, you must register by completing the Senior Week Reservation Form and the General Guidelines and Release Form and returning them to Sara Lussier in the Alumni Office, Vail 325.

How much does it cost? 
All Senior Week activities are free for graduating seniors. However, for the dinner cruise, each guest will be $50.

Is there a registration deadline? 
Registrations are handled on a first come, first served basis. Registration will close when spaces are no longer available or on Friday, May 11whichever occurs first.  Reservations for the buses will be taken until filled or until Friday, April 27whichever occurs first.

Senior Week Sponsorship Information for Families

The Senior Week Committee asks families to consider a gift of $100 to support Senior Week. If $100 is too much—or too little—any amount will help! In return for your gift, you may include a short message of support and congratulations to your senior that will be printed in the commencement program book. To make your gift online, please visit: Alumni.LyndonState.edu/SWSponsor2018Deadline is Friday, April 13.

Senior Slide Show:

The Senior Week Committee is putting together a slide show of pictures to be viewed during Senior Week and we need your help! We’re looking for photos that portray seniors during their years at Lyndon.  Please upload any photos that you would like to have included in the slide show by Friday, April 13 to the 2018 LSC Senior Week Facebook group or email them to Sara.Lussier@NorthernVermont.edu. If you have a traditional photo and are not able to scan it, please place it in the on-campus mail and direct it to Sara Lussier, Vail 325 – these photos will be returned.

For more information about Senior Week, please visit: Alumni.LyndonState.edu/SeniorWeek2018.

For questions about Senior Week activities: contact Sara Lussier, Director of Annual Giving and Acting Director of Alumni Relations, at 802.626.6426, or at Sara.Lussier@NorthernVermont.edu.


Alumni Association and Career Services

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 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

Graduate Survey
As a newly minted member of the Lyndon State College alumni, please watch for a postcard from Career Services by late fall 2018 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@NorthernVermont.edu.


Tracy Sherbrook, Assistant to the Provost