Commencement / Graduation

2020 Commencement Ceremonies

Top Things to Know .....

1. Location, Date & Times

Champlain Valley Exposition, Robert E. Miller Expo Centre - six miles from the core of campus
GPS address: 105 Pearl St., Essex Junction, Vermont 05452

Saturday, May 9th


8:30 am Student check-in in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion

8:30 am Doors open for guests in Expo South

10:00 am Ceremony Begins


2:00 pm Student check-in in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion

2:00 pm Doors open for guests in Expo South

3:00 pm Ceremony Begins

2. Parking:

There is plenty of parking available at the Champlain Valley Expo. If assistance is needed, golf carts will be available to get you to the entrance.

3. Shuttles:

Shuttle service to and from Champlain College in Burlington for those who will require transportation to the Champlain Valley Expo. Shuttle stops are on teh CCM promenade on campus, and in front of the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Champlain Valley Exposition. Shuttles operate every 30 minutes on the :00 and :30 as needed, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. First shuttle to commencement leaves campus at 7:30 a.m. Last shuttle back to campus leaves at 6:00 p.m.

4. Tickets:

Although tickets are not required for guests attending commencement, students did provide us with the number of guests they were inviting.

5. Purses/Backpacks or other personal belongings:

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

6. Accessibility:

The Robert E. Miller Expo Centre is fully accessible. Our Commencement staff are pleased to direct our guests with special needs to a designated section of the Expo Centre.  We ask that you plan for one additional family member to sit in that section as well. The staff will assist you if needed. Please plan to arrive early. If you are a graduating student who has accessibility needs, please email

7. Pets:

Absolutely no pets, besides properly identified service animals, are permitted at the ceremonies or post-ceremony gatherings. We appreciate your cooperation.

8. Post-Ceremony Gatherings:

Following each commencement ceremony, a gathering for graduates, guests, faculty and the platform party in Expo North at the Champlain Valley Expo. Join us for a celebratory cupcake and beverages at this gathering.

9. Ceremony Live Stream

Family and friends unable to be here in person will be able to watch the ceremony via the Champlain College website, The live stream link will go live on Commencement Day.

10. Contact Information - we want to keep in touch with you!

Reminder to graduates to keep your address (mailing and email) up to date. Before Commencement, email to update. After May 9th , send your changes to

If you have any additional questions, please email