Commencement 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Celebrate your students' achievements at a variety of events, both on- and off-campus. The Commencement ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016​.

2016 Commencement Speaker

​​U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will deliver the 41st Commencement address at Vermont Law School on Saturday, May 21.

Administrator McCarthy is a champion for the environment and for the public health, recognized for her commitment and practical, common-sense approach to critical issues ranging from clean water and energy to the urgent need to act on climate change. She is a dedicated leader, an inspiration to students across the country and to many among the students, faculty and staff at Vermont Law School.

McCarthy was appointed EPA administrator in 2013 and assistant administrator for the EPA Office of Air and Radiation in 2009. She previously served as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. She has over 30 years of environmental experience at the federal, state and local levels, shepherding policies related to economic growth, energy, and transportation.

McCarthy earned a bachelor's degree in social anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a joint master's degree in environmental health engineering and planning and policy from Tufts University.

2016​ Schedule of Events​​​​



2016 Dinner Dance2016 Dinner Dance2016-05-16T04:00:00Z2016-05-16T04:00:00ZInn at Idlewood, Sharon, VT3136:00 PM11:30 PMThis year's dinner dance will be held at the Inn at Idlewood, Sharon, Vermont, on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 600-1130 pm. Ticket price is $56 per person. Click for more info and ticket purchase options! ​
Class Meeting and Regalia PickupClass Meeting and Regalia Pickup2016-05-19T04:00:00Z2016-05-19T04:00:00ZChase 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.
Student Philanthropy Ambassadors BBQStudent Philanthropy Ambassadors BBQ2016-05-19T04:00:00Z2016-05-19T04:00:00ZPaine's Beach132412:00 PM3:00 PMFollowing the class meeting and regalia pick-up, the Student Philanthropy Ambassadors invite the graduating class of 2016 and their families to a BBQ at Paine’s Beach.
Formal Graduation PhotographsFormal Graduation Photographs2016-05-20T04:00:00Z2016-05-20T04:00:00ZVermont Law School Campus3152:00 PM3:30 PMMore information to come. Please check back soon.
Distance Learning ReceptionDistance Learning Reception2016-05-20T04:00:00Z2016-05-20T04:00:00ZYates Common Room3162:00 PM3:30 PM
Honorary Degree LectureHonorary Degree Lecture2016-05-20T04:00:00Z2016-05-20T04:00:00ZOakes 0123174:00 PM5:00 PM"Play to win! The battle between influence and information in environmental protection today" given by honorary degree recipient, Linda Greer.
Awards Ceremony and Presentation of Class GiftAwards Ceremony and Presentation of Class Gift2016-05-20T04:00:00Z2016-05-20T04:00:00ZChase Center3185:30 PM6:30 PM
Meet-and-Mingle ReceptionMeet-and-Mingle Reception2016-05-20T04:00:00Z2016-05-20T04:00:00ZDebevoise Back Lawn3196:00 PM7:30 PM
Class of 2016 PhotographClass of 2016 Photograph2016-05-21T04:00:00Z2016-05-21T04:00:00ZCornell Library Steps3208:45 AM9:30 AM
Procession Lines UpProcession Lines Up2016-05-21T04:00:00Z2016-05-21T04:00:00ZDebevoise Front Lawn3219:30 AM10:00 AM
Commencement CeremonyCommencement Ceremony2016-05-21T04:00:00Z2016-05-21T04:00:00ZSouth Royalton Village Green32210:00 AM12:00 PM
Commencement ReceptionCommencement Reception2016-05-21T04:00:00Z2016-05-21T04:00:00ZDebevoise Back Lawn32312:00 PM1:30 PMEveryone welcome. Champagne and light hors d'oeuvres.

M​ay 16-21: Commencement Week

​Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Please bookmark this page and check back periodically for updates.