Information for Family & Friends

Champlain College Commencement


ALL: If any guests have special accommodations (i.e. hearing impairment), please let us know at so that we can make the proper arrangements in advance.


ALL: Announcements may be ordered at or 1-877-BALFOUR (225-3687). More information on announcements will be mailed to the graduate from Balfour.

Commencement Ceremony Details

Traditional, On-Campus, Undergraduates: The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00am on Saturday, May 11, 2019, in the Robert E. Miller Expo Centre at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, VT. 

Online Undergraduates & Master's: The ceremony will begin promptly at 3:00pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019, in the Robert E. Miller Expo Centre at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, VT. 

ALL: The ceremony itself will take place in Expo South (the center building on the map), student/faculty/platform party line-up will take place in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion, and the gathering following the ceremony will take place in Expo North. 

Parking and Shuttles

ALL: There is plenty of parking available at the Champlain Valley Expo. We will have golf carts available there to assist with bringing folks from cars to the Expo Centre entrance as needed. More details will be provided, as well as a map of the Champlain Valley Expo grounds, as we get closer to the event. We will also be providing all day shuttle service to and from Champlain College in Burlington to and from the Expo. You are welcome to park on campus and take the shuttle if you prefer.


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

Post-Ceremony Gatherings

ALL: Following each commencement ceremony, we will have a gathering for graduates, guests, faculty and the platform party in Expo North at the Champlain Valley Expo. We will provide celebratory cupcakes and beverages at this gathering, during which we will also have music and fun photo  opportunities available.

Professional Photographs

ALL: A professional photographer from Grad Images will be at the commencement ceremonies. 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.


ALL: There are NO tickets required for the commencement ceremonies in 2019. Although tickets are not required for guests attending commencement, we do need to monitor expected attendance to ensure seating for everyone. In October, you will be sent information about filling out the Graduation and Commencement Requirements Form. This form will ask you to indicate the number of guests you will be inviting. We will check in with you again during the spring to verify this number. [FYI - Given the number of seats available, this works out to an average of 8 guests per student.]