Information for Students

Champlain College Commencement

Applying for Graduation

Both Undergraduate and Master's: You must submit an "Application for Graduation" to begin the review of your eligibility for graduation and to participate in the May commencement ceremony. You may complete this application online by going to the Student Portal. Log into "Student Section" of WebAdvisor and under 'Additional Resources,' click on the "Application for Graduation" link. Carefully review the information listed on the web form and verify that the spelling of your name is as it should appear on your diploma. Also, verify the city and state which should be listed as your hometown on the commencement program. "Sign" and click the submit button. (Class of 2015: The link closed on February 1.)

Caps & Gowns

Both Undergraduate and Master's: Information for ordering caps & gowns is on the Application for Graduation form. The deadline for ordering was February 1. If you have not submitted an application for Graduation, please do so immediately. Applications are available online in WebAdvisor and at the Enrollment Service Center in Perry Hall.

Please note that your gowns are made from recycled plastic. If you do not care to keep your gown after the ceremony, we will have collection bins at the reception behind Perry Hall so they can be recycled. For more information regarding the gown recycling program, please visit the Oak Hall Sustainability webpage here.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Undergraduate: Students who have completed all of their degree requirements will receive their diplomas and have appropriate academic honors announced at the commencement ceremony.

In addition, bachelor's degree students who are within seven credits and associate's degree students who are within four credits of meeting degree requirements may participate in the ceremony as long as they have at least a 2.0 GPA. These non-graduating participants will receive their diplomas and be awarded academic honors only upon successful completion of their remaining academic requirements. Academic honors will not be given to non-graduating participants because these awards are based on students' cumulative grade point averages at the conclusion of their academic programs.

Master's: Students who have completed all their degree requirements will receive their hoods and diplomas at the Hooding and Commencement ceremony. Master's students are eligible to participate as non-graduating participants in the Hooding and Commencement ceremony if they meet the following conditions:

  1. Are within one course of meeting all requirements
  2. Have a CGPA of 3.0 or higher

It should be noted that whereas both graduates and non-graduating participants are listed by name and hometown in the graduation program, non-graduating participants are ineligible to receive their diploma or have their name listed in local media until they have successfully completed their remaining academic requirements.

Transferring Credits

Undergraduate Only: If you have recently transferred credits from another institution, please verify with the Advising & Registration staff that we have those credits on record. All transfer credits must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 7th, 2015. Call (802) 860-2777 or email

Graduation Fair

Undergraduate Only: The Graduation Fair will take place on Thursday, April 16, 2015, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Argosy Gym in the IDX Student Life Center. This is an opportunity for you to take care of all the tasks necessary for graduation: pick up your cap & gown and other commencement information, meet with career services and alumni staff, sign up for senior week activities, order class rings and diploma frames, and get student loan exit counseling information. There will also be refreshments, music and a photo area!


Undergraduate Only: You may purchase personalized announcements directly from Balfour. Order forms will be mailed to each student's home address. Please see the order form for details. You may also order online at


Undergraduate: Each graduate will receive four tickets. All guests, including children and infants, must have a ticket to attend the commencement ceremony. Additional tickets may be requested until April 17, 2015. Please note that additional ticket requests will be filled based on availability. Please contact to request.

Master's: No ticket required.


Undergraduate: Rehearsal will take place on Thursday, May 7, 2015, 3:00-4:30 p.m under the tent at Edmunds Field, near Skiff Hall. Each graduate must attend rehearsal to receive tickets.

Reminder: Admission to the commencement ceremony is by ticket only. (see section above titled, "Tickets.")

Master's: There is no rehearsal for the Master's Hooding & Commencement, however, instructions will be provided prior to the ceremony.


For both ceremonies, if any guests have special needs (such as wheelchairs or hearing impairment), please let us know at in advance so that accommodations can be made.

Commencement Ceremony

Undergraduate: The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Edmunds School Field, which is located on Main Street, adjacent to Skiff Hall. Students must arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. for check-in and line-up in the appropriate location, based on your division (see below.) If you have not checked in by 9:15 a.m., your name will not be announced during the ceremony.

  • Associates—Finney Quad outside Juniper Hall
  • BUS—Tent behind Perry Hall
  • CCM—Finney Quad outside Valcour Hall
  • CPS—Finney Quad outside Butler Hall
  • EHS—Tent behind Perry Hall
  • ITS—Tent behind Perry Hall

Master's: The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 15, 2015 on the lawn behind Roger H. Perry Hall, which is located on South Willard Street. Students must arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. for check-in. You will receive your cap, gown & hood, as well as line up in the Perry Presentation Room in Roger H. Perry Hall.

Commencement Attire

For both ceremonies, please note that this is an outdoor ceremony and that the weather in Vermont can be unpredictable. Please check weather forecasts leading up to May 9 and May 15, and dress accordingly. Black or dark color shoes are recommended. You are requested not to wear shorts, flip-flops or running shoes. Please be careful with high heels, as you will be walking on grass, and going up and down steps to the stage.

Please do not bring items such as purses or backpacks. There is no secure place to keep them.

Professional Photographs

For both ceremonies: A professional photographer from Grad Images (Fairfield, Iowa) will be at the commencement ceremony. Information and proofs will be mailed to you directly from the company so you can purchase what you like. You are under no obligation to purchase photographs. After the ceremony, you may order online at or call (800) 424-3686.


Undergraduate: All parking lots on the Champlain College campus are available for handicap only. Parking is also allowed on city streets, unless indicated by "No Parking" or "Residential Only" signs. We strongly recommend parking at the Miller Center at Lakeside Campus (175 Lakeside Ave.) A shuttle will be running from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., and 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Master's: All parking lots on the Champlain College campus are available. Parking is also allowed on city streets, unless indicated by "No Parking" or "Residential Only" signs.


Undergraduate: A reception will follow immediately under a tent at Roger H. Perry Hall.

Master's: A reception will follow immediately in the IDX Student Life Center.

Residence Halls

Undergraduate: All graduating students must move out of residence halls by noon on Sunday, May 10, 2015 (the day after graduation.)

Moving out of your downtown apartment? Bring your stuff to the Spring Move Out Project (SMOP). Wednesday, May 20, 2015. More details can be found here.