Larner College of Medicine Commencement for the Class of 2020

The Ceremony

Time & Place

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Ira Allen Chapel

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Doors will open at 2:00 pm for guests

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


Tickets will available online for degree candidates only beginning on April 15.  

Tickets will be available to reserve via 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. Degree candidates may request additional tickets at the same time their 6 tickets are reserved. Please click here to read more about Commencement Ceremony tickets for the Class of 2020. 

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 immediately following the ceremony. Tickets are not needed for the overflow seating area or the reception. Overflow seating is availble on a day-of first-come first-served basis.

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 Commencement Ceremony they must wear full UVM Larner College of Medicine regalia with robe, hood, tam and tassel. 


For students: The UVM Medical Alumni Association is pleased to announce that regalia for the Larner College of Medicine for the Class of 2020 and beyond will be generously funded by alumni philanthropy. All graduating students participating in commencement who requested regalia will receive a gown, hood, tam, and tassel at no cost to them. Regalia will be available for pick-up during the week of May 11. Additional information will be forthcoming.  

For faculty: All faculty who are participating in the procession must wear full regalia. If a faculty member plans to attend Commencement but does not have their own regalia, they may rent regalia through the UVM Bookstore. Additional information about how faculty may obtain regalia rental will be posted here in early February. 

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 Bertsch and Dr. Christa Zehle or by Dr. Zehle and a guest hooder of the graduating student's choosing. They then receive their diploma and descend from the stage. An instructional hooding video will be posted on this page as commencement approaches. 

Drs. Zehle and Bertsch are traditionally the hooders for the UVM Larner College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony, but students may 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 or those who are Visually Impaired, Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf-Blind will be able to make arrangements for accommodations for parking, captioning, interpreters and large print by submitting an online Accessibility Request Form. This form will be available here soon. 

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 17, 2020. Should you or your family have additional ASL or captioning requests, please complete the online Accessibility Request Form. The form will be available here soon.

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 and 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

Shuttle buses and disabled parking will be available on campus during Commencement. More specific information about where to park will be posted soon. 

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 no 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 2020 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 17, 2020 (immediately following the ceremony)

The Grand Maple Ballroom, UVM Davis Center

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Graduates in the Larner College of Medicine Class of 2020, their guests, and College faculty are invited to a reception immediately following the ceremony. More information to come. 

Past Commencement Photos, Videos & More

May 19, 2019

Commencement 2017


Contact Liz Dohrman at or

Future Larner College of Medicine Commencement Dates

Sunday, May 23, 2021