Commencement 2014 Schedule

Ceremony: Saturday, May 10, 1:00 p.m.


"Read the poem, Remembering the First," by graduate Stephanie Berard

Starting Monday, April 7
Pick up Commencement announcements to send to family and friends in Office of Student Life, Room 209, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Caps & Gowns
Before collecting your cap and gown, you must complete a graduate survey online  (CLICK HERE). If you have any questions, contact Betsy Dunham, Coordinator of Career Development and Internships, or Samantha Damon, Development Specialist. When you are presented your cap and gown, they are yours to keep.

Pick up your caps and gowns on:
Tuesday, April 22, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Everett Mansion, Burgdorff Gallery
Wednesday, April 23, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Everett Mansion, Burgdorff Gallery
Friday, April 25, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Hall, Greenberg Atrium

If you are unable to make any of these times, e-mail to set up an appointment. 

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 by Friday, April 25. Be prepared to inform Tammy the name(s) of your guest(s), their relationship to you and what accommodation/assessibility is requested (e.g., to be driven or escorted to the tent, etc.).

Thursday, May 8
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Lead Collaring Ceremony (for Radiologic Technology/Sciences graduates)
The Lead Collaring Ceremony for Radiologic Technology and Radiologic Sciences graduates will be held on Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Everett Mansion Courtyard and Burgdorff Gallery.

Friday, May 9
3:30 p.m. – Graduation Rehearsal
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 Aaron Rock at 447-6324 or by Friday, April 25.

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. - Barbecue (graduates and families are invited) - Everett Mansion Front Lawn

Note: If it rains, the barbecue might be moved to the Dining Hall.

7:00 p.m. – Nursing Pinning Ceremony
The Nursing Pinning Ceremony will be held on Friday at 7:00 p.m. on the Everett Mansion front lawn (under the tent). A reception will follow in Everett Mansion's Burgdorff Gallery. Pinning Ceremony invitations will be available for pickup from Kim Schultz at the Healthcare Education Center starting Friday, April 18. For more information, contact Kim Schultz at 447-4661 or

9:30 - 11:00 p.m. - Graduates and their families are invited to Madison's Restaurant (Main Street in Bennington) for some food and fun. Space is limited.

Saturday, May 10
10:00-11:15 a.m – President’s Brunch
All graduating seniors and their parents are invited to a light brunch at the President's residence. If you and your family members plan to attend, please respond to our Event Coordinator at 447-4678 or e-mail  by Monday, May 5. Shuttle service will be available to and from the President's residence, beginning 9:55 a.m. and ending 11:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m. – Class of 2014 Photograph
The Class of 2014 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 with a password. Soon after Commencement weekend (check within a week or two) photos can be purchased through this Web site:

12:30 p.m. – Lineup for Graduates
Line-up 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 their 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 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 9 ~ 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 10 ~ 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 For more Alumni information, contact Development Specialist Samantha Damon at 802-447-6357 or You can also visit us on Facebook!

If you need more information about Commencement weekend, contact the Event Coordinator at 802-447-4678 or e-mail Check this page often for updates!