Information for Students

Champlain College Commencement

Applying for Graduation

ALL: 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 the "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 2017: The link closes on February 10).


Caps & Gowns

ALL: New system being created for 2017. Please stay tuned for more details.


Who is Eligible to Participate?

On-Campus, Traditional Undergraduates: 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.

Continuing Professional Studies (Online) Undergraduates: 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 at the Hooding Ceremonies on Friday, May 12, 2017, and diplomas at the Continuing Professional Studies Undergraduate & Master's Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Master's students are eligible to participate as non-graduating participants 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. Call 802.860.2777 or email registrar@champlain.edu.


Graduation Fair

On-Campus, Traditional, Undergraduates Only: The Graduation Fair will take place on Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 3:00-6:00 pm 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 booth!


Announcements

Stay Tuned.


Tickets

On-Campus, Traditional, Undergraduates: Each student will receive 4 tickets. You are able to ask for additional tickets, but there is no way for us to guarantee them. However, this year we will be moving to an online ticketing platform which will allow you to reserve your tickets and then continually check back to see if there are more available in the pool. This website is still being designed but look for it to go live in December.

Continuing Professional Studies (Online) Undergraduates & Master's: Each student will receive 4 tickets. You are able to ask for additional tickets, but there is no way for us to guarantee them. However, this year we will be moving to an online ticketing platform which will allow you to reserve your tickets and then continually check back to see if there are more available in the pool. This website is still being designed but look for it to go live in December.


Rehearsal

On-Campus, Traditional, Undergraduates: Rehearsal will take place on Friday, May 12th from 10:00am - 11:00 am under the tent at Edmunds Field, near Skiff Hall. You will come to the tent, check-in under the tent, and take a seat to run through instructions for the Commencement Ceremony.

Continuing Professional Studies (Online) Undergraduates & Master's: There is no rehearsal for this ceremony, however, instructions will be provided prior to the ceremony.


Accessibility

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


Commencement Ceremony

Traditional, On-Campus, Undergraduates: The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Edmunds School Field, which is located on Main Street, adjacent to Skiff Hall. Students must arrive no later than 9:00 am 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 am, your name will not be announced during the ceremony.

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

Continuing Professional Studies (Online) Undergraduates & Master's: The ceremony will begin promptly at 3:00 pm on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Edmunds School Field, which is located on Main Street, adjacent to Skiff Hall. Students must arrive no later than 2:30 pm for check-in and line-up in the appropriate location. Locations TBD. If you have not checked in by 2:45 pm, your name will not be announced during the ceremony.


Hooding Ceremonies

Master's Students ONLY: The hooding ceremonies will being promptly at 4:00 pm on Friday, May 12, 2017. The hooding ceremonies will take place in multiple locations that are still TBD. Students must arrive no later than 3:30 pm for check-in and line-up in the appropriate location. If you have not checked in by 3:45 pm, your name will not be announced during the ceremony.


Commencement Attire

ALL: 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 13, 2017, and dress accordingly. Black or dark color shoes are recommended. We ask you 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 www.gradimages.com or call 800.424.3686.


Parking

ALL: 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). Shuttles will be running ALL DAY. Shuttle drop-off will be in front of Edmunds Elementary School, and pick-up will be on South Willard Street in front of Roger H. Perry Hall.


Reception

Traditional, On-Campus, Undergraduates: A reception, featuring a light lunch and refreshments, will follow immediately after the ceremony under a tent at Roger H. Perry Hall.

Continuing Professional Studies (Online) Undergraduates & Master's: A reception, featuring cocktails and light appetizers, will follow immediately after the ceremony under a tent at Roger H. Perry Hall.


Residence Halls

Traditional, On-Campus, Undergraduates: All graduating students must move out of residence halls by noon on Sunday, May 14, 2017 (the day after graduation).