Larner College of Medicine Commencement
Class of 2019

The Ceremony

Time & Place

Sunday, May 19, 2019
Ira Allen Chapel
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Doors will open at 2:00 pm for guests.

Students will line up at 2:00 pm - Billings B165


Tickets will be available online to degree candidates only in early April.

Tickets will be available to reserve at a link sent to each degree candidate's UVM email (not their email account). Each degree candidate is eligible to receive up to 6 tickets. 

Have more questions? Check out the Commencement Tickets FAQ here.

Degree Candidate Participation

Degree candidates do not need to participate in the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony.

If degree candidates wish to participate in the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony, they must wear full UVM Larner College of Medicine regalia with a robe, hood, tam, and tassel.

Overflow Seating

Overflow seating is available for guests without tickets at Billings-Ira Allen Lecture Hall. The ceremony will be viewed on a large-screen display in a comfortable air-conditioned seating area.

All guests in overflow seating are invited to the reception that immediately follows the ceremony and tickets are not needed for either the overflow seating or the reception. Overflow seating is available on a day-of, first-come first-serve basis.

For those unable to make it to campus, a live webcast with be streamed from the Larner College of Medicine website.


For students: All degree candidates must have purchased their UVM Larner College of Medicine full regalia including gown, tam with tassel, and hood from the UVM Bookstore no later than February 4, 2019. Degree candidates click here to order regalia.

For faculty: All faculty who are walking in the procession must wear full regalia. If a faculty member plans on attending but does not have their own regalia, they can rent regalia through the UVM Bookstore. For more information please contact Faculty regalia rental orders must be placed no later than May 1, 2019.

Hooding & Guest Hooders

Hooding is a part of the Commencement ceremony immediately prior to when each graduate receives their diploma. As each graduating student's name is called, they ascend the stage and are seated on the "hooding stool." A doctoral hood is then placed over their head by either Dr. Tania Berstch and Dr. Christa Zehle or by Dr. Zehle and a guest hooder of their choosing. They then receive their diploma and descend from the stage. Please take a moment to review the instructional hooding video here

Drs. Zehle and Bertsch are traditionally the hooders for the UVM Larner College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony, but students are allowed to invite a guest hooder if they wish. Please read more about who can be a guest hooder and what guest hooders will need to know prior to the day of Commencement here>>


Participants or guests with disabilities and those who are Visually Impaired, Dear, Hard of Hearing or Deaf-Blind may make arrangements for accommodations for parking, captioning, interpreters, and large print, by completing the online Accessibility Request Form.

ASL Interpreters and Live Captioning

ASL interpreters and live captioning (CART: Communication Access Realtime Translation) will be provided at the Larner College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Should you or your family have additional ASL interpreting or captioning requests, please complete the online Accessibility Request Form.

Seating Assistance and More

Please visit the main UVM Commencement website here for more information about seating assistance including the use of transport wheelchairs to and from ceremonies. 

Where to Stay

Please be aware: Out of town guests should be aware that the Commencement Ceremony for the Larner College of Medicine will be occurring on the same day as the main UVM Commencement undergraduate ceremony. As such, area hotels, bed and breakfasts, AirBnBs, etc. will fill up quickly. We strongly encourage you to book accommodations as soon as possible.

For information about accommodations and where to stay, please visit:


Parking & Shuttle Buses

Graduates, guests, and participants of the Larner College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony are welcome to park in the Given Lot. To locate the lot, please refer to the map here.

Shuttle buses will run every 10 minutes from designated bus stops at Patrick Gym, Royall Tyler Theatre, Given Lot, Jeffords Lot, Davis Center Oval, and the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Conference Center Parking Lot from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Disabled parking is available on College Street, Votey Lot, Jeffords Lot, Gutterson Lot, and Gutterson Garage.

Do not park on area residential streets. Parking on area residential streets is allowable by city-issued permit only. Violators will be subject to City of Burlington policy of ticketing and towing vehicles parked in these areas.

Do not park in the UVM Medical Center Garage. The UVM Medical Center Garage is reserved for patients and visitors of the UVM Medical Center.

Commencement Livestream

The Commencement Ceremony for the Larner College of Medicine Class of 2019 will be livestreamed for guests who are unable to attend in person.

The livestream link will be available one week before the event.

The Reception

Sunday, May 19, 2019 (immediately following the ceremony)
The Grand Maple Ballroom, UVM Davis Center
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Students in the Larner College of Medicine Class of 2019, their guests, and College faculty are invited to a reception immediately following the ceremony.  More information to come.


Past Commencement Photos, Videos & More

May 20, 2018

Commencement 2017

Future Larner College of Medicine Commencement Dates

  • Sunday, May 17, 2020