Commencement 2017

​​​​The 42nd Vermont Law School Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

2017 Commencement Speaker


T he 2017 Commencement Speaker is Lois Schiffer, General Counsel of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  In her role at NOAA she has overseen legal issues relating to management of the nation’s marine fisheries, protection of marine mammals, threatened and endangered species, coastal zone management, as well as monitoring oceanic, atmospheric and climate data. 

 Ms. Schiffer has had a long and distinguished career as one of this country’s most preeminent lawyers.  Prior to her role as the chief lawyer at NOAA, she served as General Counsel to National Public Radio, Chief Counsel to the National Capital Planning Commission, and worked for the Audubon Society. She served as the top environmental lawyer in the Department of Justice under President Clinton.  During that era, she was in the thick of every major policy decision that related to the environment. We’re delighted that she has agreed to join us in celebrating the Class of 2017.

2017​ Schedule of Events​​​​



Student Philanthropy Ambassadors BBQStudent Philanthropy Ambassadors BBQ2017-05-18T04:00:00Z2017-05-18T04:00:00ZPaine's Beach132412:00 PM3:00 PMFollowing the class meeting and regalia pick-up, the Student Philanthropy Ambassadors invite the graduating class of 2017 and their families to a BBQ at Paine’s Beach.
2017 Dinner Dance2017 Dinner Dance2017-05-16T04:00:00Z2016-05-16T04:00:00ZThe Mountaintop Inn and Resort, Chittenden3136:00 PM11:30 PMJoin your classmates for an evening of dinner, dancing, and memories. Tickets are $60 single, $100 couple. ​
Class Meeting and Regalia PickupClass Meeting and Regalia Pickup2017-05-18T04:00:00Z2017-05-18T04:00:00ZChase Center31410:00 AM12:00 PMClass Meeting and Regalia Pickup Cap and gown pickup happens at the Thursday morning class meeting. At the class meeting, we go over the commencement ceremony proceedings—since there is no formal ceremony practice, it is very important that all participants hear about the steps of the ceremony and know how to "commence" on Saturday. Participation certificates are awarded to Law Review, VJEL, Moot Court teams, and others at class meeting.
Formal Graduation PhotographsFormal Graduation Photographs2017-05-19T04:00:00Z2017-05-19T04:00:00ZOakes Hall Room 2113152:00 PM3:30 PMMore information to come. Please check back soon.
Distance Learning ReceptionDistance Learning Reception2017-05-19T04:00:00Z2017-05-19T04:00:00ZYates Common Room3162:00 PM3:30 PM​For Distance Learning Graduates and their guests. By invitation only.​​​
Honorary Degree LectureHonorary Degree Lecture2017-05-19T04:00:00Z2017-05-19T04:00:00ZOakes 0123173:30 PM4:30 PMStanding Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault will speak on energy independence, national security, and economic development
Awards Ceremony and Presentation of Class GiftAwards Ceremony and Presentation of Class Gift2017-05-19T04:00:00Z2017-05-19T04:00:00ZChase Center3185:00 PM6:00 PM Special awards recognition and presentation of the 2017 Class Gift. All are welcome to attend.
Meet-and-Mingle ReceptionMeet-and-Mingle Reception2017-05-19T04:00:00Z2017-05-19T04:00:00ZDebevoise Back Lawn3196:00 PM7:30 PMEveryone welcome to attend!​​​​
Class of 2017 PhotographClass of 2017 Photograph2017-05-20T04:00:00Z2017-05-20T04:00:00ZCornell Library Steps3208:45 AM9:30 AM​Graduates, please arrive a few minutes early, dressed in cap and gown and carrying your hoods.​​​​​
Procession Lines UpProcession Lines Up2017-05-20T04:00:00Z2017-05-20T04:00:00ZDebevoise Front Lawn3219:15 AM10:00 AM​​​​​​The bell rings promptly at 1000.
Commencement CeremonyCommencement Ceremony2017-05-20T04:00:00Z2017-05-20T04:00:00ZSouth Royalton Village Green32210:00 AM12:00 PM​​​​​​​​Congratulations graduates! Everyone welcome to attend.
Commencement ReceptionCommencement Reception2017-05-20T04:00:00Z2017-05-20T04:00:00ZDebevoise Back Lawn32312:00 PM1:30 PMEveryone welcome. Champagne and light refreshments.

M​ay 15-20: Commencement Week

​Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Please bookmark this page and check back periodically for updates.