2019 Practical Nursing Commencement Info

Congratulations Graduates!

The information below will take you through the steps for a successful commencement experience. Graduates should also reference the graduation checklist. If you have any questions, please contact your site director.

There will be one (1) commencement ceremony held on the Vermont Technical College Randolph Center campus on Saturday, June 22 at 10 am.

We will have interpreter services and special seating available at the ceremony for those who are hearing impaired.

The information below will take you through the steps for a successful commencement experience. Graduates should also reference the nursing graduation checklist. If you have any questions, please email Nancy Guild.

Graduates! Please be on campus by 8:30 am.


General GRADUATE Parking: All parking will be in the main parking lots adjacent to the soccer field. At the campus entrance, follow the signs straight ahead.

GRADUATE Special Needs and Assisted Parking (A handicapped permit is NOT required! Anyone with a wheelchair, walker, or difficulties walking a long distance is urged to use this area). At the campus entrance, follow the signs to the right, to the Morey/SHAPE parking lots. 

Shuttles are scheduled to run beginning 1½ hours before each ceremony and stop 15 minutes before each ceremony. There are signs for the shuttle stops.

Please plan ahead for traffic congestion coming to and leaving campus. Watch for volunteers directing traffic.


Meet in the Campus Center by 8:30 am. For those of you not familiar with the Randolph Center campus, please refer to this map. Directional signs will also be present on campus. The Campus Center will be locked after you leave, so you may leave your belongings there during graduation; don’t forget to return for them, and better yet, bring as little as possible to Commencement.

While you are in the Campus Center prior to the beginning of the ceremony, you will be given a READER'S CARD. Your name will be read as listed on your reader's card when you proceed to receive your diploma. If your name is difficult to pronounce or there are mistakes, please print a phonetic spelling on your reader’s card and make any necessary changes at that time.

Water will be available for you in the Campus Center. 


Commencement will be held under a tent, on the lawn of the President’s House, on the Randolph Center, Vermont campus.

Please watch the weather forecast and plan accordingly. You will process outside to reach the tent – possibly in the elements! It’s generally cooler under the tent, especially in the morning. Please be prepared.

YOUR ATTENDANCE: To be eligible to participate in Commencement you must complete the "Application to Graduate". See the PN graduation checklist for further information.

GUEST ATTENDANCE: Tickets are not required for your guests.

CAPS & GOWNS: The college maintains the expectation that all degree candidates will be appropriately attired in regalia (see below) and display acceptable standards of behavior.

It is your responsibility to order regalia from University Cap & Gown. Students will not be permitted to participate in Commencement without appropriate regalia.  Please order your cap and gown prior to June 7, 2019 (See the PN graduation checklist for ordering information).

PHOTOGRAPHS: GradImages provides the photography services at the Commencement ceremony. Proofs will be available online or through the mail. There is no obligation to buy. Graduates are required to complete a reader's card prior to the commencement ceremony. These cards are used by the company to send proofs.

INTERPRETER: We will have interpreter services and a special section for seating for those in need of this service.

OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES: Vermont Tech requests that no food or beverages other than water be brought into the tent area.

Vermont Tech is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

NO PETS of any kind are allowed on the campus.  Please be sure any guests leave their pets at home. Certified Service Animals are allowed.


To be eligible for graduation honors, a degree student must:

Cum laude: 3.5
Magna cum laude: 3.7
Summa cum laude: 3.9

To be eligible for graduation honors, a certificate student must:

Honors: 3.0
High Honors: 3.5 or above


ALL BILLS MUST BE PAID: Please note that Vermont Tech will not release your diploma or academic transcript if you have any outstanding financial obligations to the College.

A transcript is a copy of a student’s permanent record of attendance at the College and cannot be altered. Current or former students may request that the College issue an official transcript of his or her record to any school, employer or other agency. For each transcript, students must submit a written, signed request to the Registrars’ Office. A transcript fee will be charged. Transcripts will be sent as soon as possible. Please allow a minimum of five days for normal processing and three weeks following the end of a term. Transcripts will not be sent for a student who has not satisfied financial obligations with the College. Graduates will receive one unofficial transcript with their diploma when mailed.


Graduates should view the PN Graduate Checklist for specific information regarding regalia, paying bills, financial aid counseling, etc.

If you have a disability and require an accommodation in order to fully participate in an upcoming event, please contact Mary Jeanne Taylor at maryjeannetaylor@vtc.edu and (802) 728-1607..  Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least two weeks prior to the scheduled event if at all possible.  You may be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs and to request any supporting information that may be needed.