Larner College of Medicine Commencement

Sunday, May 21, 2017Commencement
Ira Allen Chapel ~ 3:00 pm

Commencement Information for the Class of 2017 and Faculty

 Ira Allen Chapel 
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Start Time: 3:00 pm
End Time: 5:00 pm

Line-up Location: Students will line-up in Cook Commons; Faculty should report to Ira Allen Chapel
Line-up Time: 2:00 pm


Orders are shipping this week so watch for the regalia you ordered to be delivered to your Given mailbox or to the address you gave. Please open the package to confirm you received everything, and hang it up now so that you won't have to press it ahead of the ceremony.

Students should arrive at the line-up location wearing their regalia, Faculty may robe upon arrival.


Each graduate will receive 6 tickets for family and friends. They will be released in a few weeks with an email to your UVM account, with instructions for logging in and claiming your tickets. At the close of the ticketing (about 2 weeks ahead of graduation) unclaimed tickets will be released back into the system and anyone who needs more than 6 tickets may be able to get more. However, if you have more than 6 guests please plan for them to be in overflow space in the Ira Allen Theatre.


At the Ceremony, when your name is called you will ascend the steps and the first stop on stage is hooding, where you will receive the green hood as part of your formal welcome into the medical profession. Drs. Christa Zehle and Tania Bertsch will have the honor of hooding the graduates this year. You also have the option to invite a guest to perform your hooding, as long as they fall into one of these categories:

  • Faculty of the The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont (including Emeriti Faculty)
  • Alumni of the UVM College of Medicine
  • Faculty of UVM who hold a PhD or terminal degree in their field
  • PhD alumni of UVM (in any field)

If you would like to invite a family member, mentor, or other person to serve as a guest hooder, please do so promptly so they can plan to be at Ira Allen Chapel the afternoon of Sunday, May 21. Hooders must wear regalia and arrive ahead of time to walk in and be seated with the faculty in during the Commencement Ceremony. Then, as your row stands to line up in preparation for your name to be called, your guest hooder will join you in line and ascend the stairs with you to perform the hooding. Afterward, they will retake their seat in the faculty section and recess with that group at the close of the Ceremony. If you have a guest hooder, we will announce their name as part of your introduction so please email Carole Whitaker the name and email contact information of your guest hooder no later than Monday, April 24 so that I can confirm the details with them directly.


Reception Location: Davis Center, Grand Maple Ballroom
Start Time: 5:00 pm
End Time: 7:00 pm 

Commencement Week Events

  • Monday, May 15: UVM Larner College of Medicine Honors Night, 5:00 pm, Grand Maple Ballroom, UVM Davis Center
  • Thursday, May 18: End of Year Banquet (formerly Osler Banquet), 7:00 pm, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington
  • Saturday, May 20: Graduate College Commencement, 12:30 pm, Multipurpose Facility in the Athletic Complex
  • Sunday, May 21: Main UVM Commencement, 8:20 am, University Green