2016 Commencement Schedule

Ceremony: Saturday, May 14, 1:00 p.m.


Before April 1
Graduates will need to pay their student account balance and complete loan exit counseling before they receive their Cap and Gown.

SVC STUDENT PORTAL: Review your student account balance: (My Billing on the left side of the screen) is available on the student portal. View My Billing information and share it with whoever pays your bill. All balances need to be paid in full in order to receive your Cap and Gown/Diploma.

Update your Address in the Student Portal: Log into the Student Portal and click on the EDIT PROFILE button in the top left corner. You may also stop at the Registrar’s Office to complete a paper form to make a change.

Web site www.studentloans.gov: Complete Loan Exit Counseling: Go on-line to www.studentloans.gov, click on  Counseling – Exit Counseling to complete and submit the counseling session. Your FAFSA User Name and Password is needed to access your personal information. Save the confirmation page.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services before April 1, 2016.

Starting Monday, April 4
Option #1: Pick up Five (5) FREE Graduation Announcements (two-sided) to send to family and friends. See Marion Whiteford in the Office of Communications, Everett Mansion, Room 205, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Option #2: You may Purchase Graduation Announcements (4.5" x 6.25") and thank you notes (4.25" x 5.5" folded) online at http://printshopwilliamstown.com/southern-vt-college. Five (5) Graduation Announcements ($15), Five Thank You Notes ($15) or the set of Announcements & Thank You Notes ($25).

Graduate Survey
Each year, SVC conducts a Graduate Survey to collect information about post graduation plans. The results of this survey provide important information on student outcomes like the career paths of graduates, the employment fields pursued after earning a degree at SVC and how well prepared students feel for post-graduation. Students should complete the survey prior to picking up Caps & Gowns. The survey can be accessed HERE.

Questions? Contact Samantha Damon or Betsy Dunham (sdamon@svc.edu or bdunham@svc.edu).

Caps & Gowns
Caps and gowns will be available for pickup in the Office of Career Development and Internships, located on first-floor of Birchwood (near Everett Mansion) on:

Tuesday, April 26, 2:25-3:25 p.m.
Thursday, April 28, 2:25-3:25 p.m.

Accommodations and Accessibility
If your guests require special parking and seating arrangements at Commencement, please let Tammy Shields know when you pick up your cap and gown or contact her in the Office of Student Life at 447-6323 or e-mail tshields@svc.edu by Thursday, May 5. Be prepared to inform Tammy of the name(s) of your guest(s), their relationship to you, and what accommodation/accessibility is requested (e.g., to be driven or escorted to the tent, etc.).

Tuesday, April 26
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Rehearsal for Alpha Chi Inductees in Everett Theatre.

Wednesday, May 4
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Honors Convocation
Honors Convocation is a celebration of student achievement. The event will take place in Everett Mansion Theatre with a reception to follow in Burgdorff Gallery.

Thursday, May 5
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Alpha Chi Induction Ceremony in Everett Theatre, reception to follow in Burgdorff Gallery.

Thursday, May 12
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Lead Collaring Ceremony (for Radiologic Sciences graduates)
The Lead Collaring Ceremony for Radiologic Sciences graduates will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Everett Mansion Courtyard and Burgdorff Gallery. Note: If it rains, the event will take place in the Everett Mansion Theatre.

Friday, May 13
3:30 p.m. – Graduation Rehearsal with Students
Mandatory for all graduates planning to march at Commencement. The rehearsal is scheduled to start promptly at 3:30 p.m. on the front terrace of the Everett Mansion. Note: If it rains, line-up will take place outside the library through first-floor hallway. Students graduating with honors will receive their recognition during rehearsal. If, for extenuating circumstances, you cannot attend rehearsal, please notify Registrar Eric Parsons or Assistant Registrar Keegan Scriber at 447-6324 or registrar@svc.edu by Friday, April 22.

Following rehearsal, graduates are invited to a BARBECUE outside of Hunter Hall (pond side).

7:00 p.m. - Nursing Pinning
The Nursing Pinning Ceremony for Nursing graduates will be at 7:00 p.m. under the tent on the Greystone Lawn (in from of Everett Mansion).

Saturday, May 14
10:00-11:00 a.m – Commencement Breakfast
All graduating seniors and their family are invited to a Commencement breakfast in the Everett Mansion Library.

11:30 a.m. – Class of 2016 Photograph
The Class of 2016 photograph will take place on the Cascade in the Courtyard of the Everett Mansion. It is important that you are dressed in your cap and gown and in the Courtyard promptly at 11:30 a.m. Purchase information for the class photograph will be available online at a specific Web site, which will be accessed by graduates and their families. Soon after Commencement weekend (check within a week or two) photos should be available for purchase.

12:30 p.m. – Lineup for Graduates
Lineup forms on the Burgdorff Gallery Terrace promptly at 12:30 p.m. for the 1:00 p.m. Commencement ceremony, with faculty, staff, trustees, and honorary degree recipients, including the Commencement speakers. After the ceremony, refreshments will be available in the Everett Mansion.

CLICK HERE for a copy of the form to purchase a video of the Commencement ceremony.

If a graduate would like his/her hometown newspaper(s) to know of his/her graduation, CLICK HERE for a copy of the news release form or complete the form online at www.svc.edu/release/graduate.html. SVC's Office of Communications will prepare a press release and inform the newspaper(s).

Please notify your family and friends who plan to attend Commencement to arrive early. Commencement begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. A Campus Safety Officer will instruct drivers where to park. The shuttles will start at 8:00 a.m.

Friday, May 13 ~ 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 14 ~ 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Click here for a listing of accommodations in the area.

Dear SVC Graduate to be!
Soon you will join the ranks of SVC's alumni. Like the more than 4,000 alumni who have come before you, you will learn that graduation does not signal the end of your relationship with SVC (in fact, the word “Commencement” means “beginning”). There will be many opportunities for you to volunteer, network, and stay connected with the College. 

As your address and e-mail changes, be sure to update your information with us so we can let you know about upcoming events. Please keep in touch, and let us know what is happening in your life. You will always be a member of the SVC family, and we look forward to hearing from you and following your success. We are always just a click away at www.svc.edu/alumni. For more Alumni information, contact Development Specialist Samantha Damon at 802-447-6357 or alumni@svc.edu.. You can also visit us on Facebook!

If you need more information about Commencement weekend, contact Kim Gould, Special Assistant to the Provost, at 802-447-6333 or e-mail kgould@svc.edu.