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Information for Family, Friends and Guests


Starting Thursday, May 9, through the morning of Commencement, the College will offer a Commencement Hotline (phone and e-mail) that will be accessible from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to help with whatever questions or information graduating students and their parents may have. Please read our FAQ section before calling the hotline. 
Hotline questions can be emailed to commencement@smcvt.edu or you can call 802.654.2216.


When ticket information is available, students will be notified on the Saint Michael's College Portal. Qualified Seniors may order their commencement tickets by logging in to the student portal Commencement site and following the ticket link after April 1. Students can choose to email tickets to their guests. Tickets should be printed.  Bar code scanners do not always work on cell phones and a valid ticket is required for entry. 


Due to fire regulations we must adhere to the legal capacity of the Sports Center.  However, each year there are usually a few additional tickets available after all students have obtained their initial allotment.  If this occurs, an announcement will be sent to students and tickets will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis, one per student.  Please do not call to ask for additional tickets. 


We suspect that most of you have already booked accommodations for Saturday night.  However, please remember also to make local restaurant reservations ahead of time for Saturday and/or Sunday.  Be sure to visit www.smcvt.edu/hotels for information on hotels offering discounts for Saint Michael's visitors.  For more information visit the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Web site at www.vermont.org or call 802.863.3489, toll free 877.686.5253. 


Public Safety will be directing parking on the day of Commencement.  You may drop passengers off at the door to the Ross Sports Center and then park your vehicle.  Handicapped parking is available for vehicles displaying disability registration plates or removable windshield placards.  Please follow the directions of the public safety officers. 

SEATING: Ticketed

When ticket information is available, students will be notified on the Saint Michael's College Portal. Tickets are required to attend the Commencement ceremony in the Ross Sports Center. 
Ticket holders should plan to be seated by 9:30 AM.  Please note that tickets are required for children. Tickets are not required for the Baccalaureate Mass. Tickets should be printed.  Bar code scanners do not always work on cell phones and a valid ticket is required for entry. 

SEATING: Special Needs

Our Public Safety and Special Events staff are pleased to direct our guests with special needs to a designated section of the Ross Sports Center. Reservations are not needed. We ask that you plan for one additional family member to sit in that section as well.  The staff will assist you by moving chairs, if necessary.  Please plan to arrive early. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

SEATING: Non-Ticketed

For those without tickets or who would prefer a less crowded atmosphere, Live broadcasts can be seen on closed-circuit large screens in  McCarthy Arts Center (no tickets required, air conditioned).  In addition to this option, the ceremony can be viewed at smcvt.edu (college website).  To connect to the live stream off campus use the link, http://live.vpt.org/smc/.


Immediately following Commencement, the Commencement Reception will be held on the lawn in front of the Library. Light refreshments will be served.  In case of rain, the reception will be held in the Tarrant Recreation Center.


DVD of the graduation ceremony can be ordered through the Campus Store at this link. During Commencement Weekend, the Campus Store will be open on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Personalized announcements/invitations (separate from the pack of 10 announcements each Senior receives) -  orders can be placed online at balfour.com along with other Commencement items

Flower arrangements will be available for purchase in the Ross Sports Center on Commencement Day. You can pre-order flowers prior to the ceremony here.

Class Ring – Contact jostens.com or balfour.com, and a Jostens Class Ring representative will be here at the Senior Salute Day event (date to be determined).

Senior photos are available online after the ceremony. www.GradImages.com 

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