2020 Commencement Info

Congratulations Graduates!

There will be four (4) commencement ceremonies held on the Vermont Technical College Randolph Center campus. If you are a PN graduate, please use the link to the right.

Saturday, May 16 | 10 am

  • Agribusiness Management Technology
  • Applied Business Management
  • Automotive Technology
  • Business Technology & Management (BS & AAS)
  • Construction Management (BS & AAS)
  • Dairy Farm Management
  • Diesel Power Technology (Certificate & AAS)
  • Diversified Agriculture
  • Equine Studies (AAS)
  • Entrepreneurship (BS & AAS)
  • Fire Science
  • Forestry
  • Landscape Design & Sustainable Horticulture
  • Veterinary Technology

Saturday, May 16 | 3 pm

  • Architectural & Building Engineering Technology
  • Architectural Engineering Technology
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology
  • Computer Engineering Technology (BS & AE)
  • Computer Information Technology (BS & AS)
  • Computer Software Engineering (MS, BS, AS)
  • General Engineering Technology
  • Electrical Engineering Technology (BS & AE)
  • Electromechanical Engineering Technology
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology 
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Professional Pilot Technology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Software Development (Certificate)
  • Web Development (Certificate)

Sunday, May 17 | 10 am

  • Nursing (BS & AS)
  • Dental Hygiene (BS & AS)
  • Paramedicine Program (Certificate)
  • Radiologic Science
  • Respiratory Therapy

Sunday, May 17 | 3 pm

  • Vermont Academy of Science & Technology (VAST)

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 email Nancy Guild.

Graduates! Please be on campus at least one hour prior to your commencement time: Saturday morning ceremony: arrive by 9 am; Saturday afternoon ceremony: arrive by 2 pm; Sunday morning ceremony: arrive by 9 am; Sunday afternoon ceremony: arrive by 2 pm.


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 SHAPE gym no later than one hour before the start of the ceremony. For those of you not familiar with the Randolph Center campus, please refer to this map. SHAPE Gym 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 SHAPE 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.

Bottled Water will be available for you in SHAPE. 


Commencement will be held under a tent, on the lawn of the President’s House, on the Randolph Center, Vermont campus. Please refer to the department list at the top to find out when your major will be graduating.

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 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 May 3, 2019 (See the 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.

INTERPRETERS: 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 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


If you are a member of an honor society you will be given a cord at check-in. If you have already been given a cord previously, you should bring it with you to the ceremony. If you were a member of an honor society at another institution, please contact the Registrar's Office to make sure you are listed as a member at Vermont Tech.

  • Alpha Delta Nu
  • Lambda Beta
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Sigma Phi Alpha
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Tau Alpha Pi


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 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 Nate Ball at nate.ball@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.