UVM’s Commencement to return to pre-pandemic, traditional ceremonies

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UVM’s Commencement to return to pre-pandemic, traditional ceremonies

Wed, 05/18/2022 - 4:37pm -- tim

UVM courtesy photo from 2018.

Vermont Business Magazine This year’s commencement at the University of Vermont—the 221st in its history—will take place on the University Green on Sunday, May 22, marking a return to the university’s traditional celebration after two years of re-imagined ceremonies due to pandemic restrictions.

UVM President Suresh Garimella will confer degrees on an estimated 3,332 graduates, including 2,558 bachelors, 515 masters, 131 doctoral and 118 medical degree recipients. Among expected degree recipients are students from 44 states and 122 international students from 27 foreign countries. Approximately 1,057 graduates are from Vermont. The graduating class includes an expected 415 students of color.

The University Commencement Main Ceremony—where the president will confer degrees and the commencement address will be delivered—will start at 8:20 a.m. on the University Green and will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, the traditional ceremony will be cancelled and a modified program will be livestreamed. 

Apart from the Graduate College and the Honors College Scholars Recognition ceremonies, which will be held on Saturday afternoon, all individual college/school undergraduate ceremonies and the Larner College of Medicine’s ceremony will take place throughout the day on Sunday. View the full Commencement weekend schedule. All ceremonies will be livestreamed and may be viewed at uvmcommencement.com

In the event of severe weather, the College of Arts and Sciences ceremony will move indoors to Patrick Gymnasium and will become a ticketed event (two tickets per graduate). The weather call will be made by 1 p.m. on Saturday and will be posted on the commencement website.

This year’s commencement speaker is Erik Weihenmayer, one of the most renowned adventurers of the 21st century, best known as the first blind person to summit Mount Everest. Born sighted, a degenerative retinal disease left Weihenmayer totally blind just before his 14th birthday. Adventurous journeys with his family and a rock-climbing class for blind teens taught him physical skills through tactile sensation. 

A Time magazine cover story describing his successful team ascent up Mount Everest in 2001—one of the world’s most notoriously dangerous expeditions—brought him worldwide recognition. 

Weihenmayer, along with Meghan Walsh Cioffi, Robert Cioffi, and Rick Dalton will receive honorary degrees during the main ceremony. Additional information about Weihenmayer and honorary degree recipients is available here.

Street Closings

  • University Place, from Colchester Avenue to Main Street, will be closed from Friday, May 20 at 7 a.m. until Monday, May 23 at 4 p.m.

  • South Prospect Street, from College Street to the University Health Center entrance, will be closed from Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. until Monday, May 23 at 4 p.m.

  • South Prospect Street, from Colchester Avenue to Main Street, and College Street, from South Prospect Street to South Williams Street, will be closed on Sunday, May 22 between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. The northern-most, west-bound lane on Main Street, from University Heights Road to South Prospect Street, will also be closed. 

Guests can find information about designated parking areas for each of the college/school ceremonies, as well as shuttle bus service routes and schedule here.

For additional information, please visit www.uvm.edu/commencement

About the University of Vermont

Since 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. UVM’s strengths align with the most pressing needs of our time: the health of our societies and the health of our environment. Our size—large enough to offer a breadth of ideas, resources, and opportunities, yet intimate enough to enable close faculty-student mentorship across all levels of study—allows us to pursue these interconnected issues through cross-disciplinary research and collaboration. Providing an unparalleled educational experience for our students, and ensuring their success, are at the core of what we do. As one of the nation’s first land grant universities, UVM advances Vermont and the broader society through the discovery and application of new knowledge.

UVM is derived from the Latin Universitas Viridis Montis (in English, University of the Green Mountains).

Source: BURLINGTON, Vt. — UVM 5.18.2022.