On May 20, 2017 the members of the VLS Class of 2017 will celebrate the successful completion of their education at Vermont Law School. The VLS community looks forward to welcoming parents, partners, and friends of the Class of 2017 to campus during commencement week to celebrate their graduates.
The week of commencement is filled with activities, and you are invited to attend all of the events in that week.
Campus Map to find specific locations for Commencement week events.
If you need to arrange housing for your stay, see our Local Accommodations page.
Looking for a gift for your graduate? Barrister's Book Shop carries diploma frames, picture frames, and other unique-to-VLS gifts, and they will have flowers for sale as well.
Q&A for Commencement Guests
We've gathered some frequently asked questions and answers to help you plan a great stay and celebration in Vermont. Please feel free to be in touch with any questions; we'll be glad to help answer them for you.
ARE COMMENCEMENT EVENTS LOCATED INDOORS OR OUTDOORS? HOW SHOULD I DRESS?
Several commencement events will be held under a tent or in an indoor/outdoor venue. The Friday evening meet-and-mingle party and the commencement ceremony both take place under tents. Check the weather for central Vermont and pack accordingly. Layers are good; make sure open-toed shoes are not your only footwear. Bring an umbrella and sunscreen, you may need both in the course of one day! The reception following the commencement ceremony will take place under a tent on Debevoise back lawn.
WHERE SHOULD I PARK ON COMMENCEMENT DAY?
Parking around the village green on commencement day is reserved for emergency services and guests with special needs. You can park in the VLS parking lots located to the north and to the south just past the bridge you cross when coming into town. If those lots are full, drive up Chelsea Street and turn left on Windsor Street at the crossroad and village green. Two blocks to the south is the South Royalton School parking lot. It's a short walk to the village green from any of these parking lots.
A MEMBER OF MY PARTY HAS MOBILITY IMPAIRMENTS. WHAT SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS ARE THERE?
For the ceremony, there will be handicapped parking on the “church” side of the green on South Windsor Street for those with special needs. There is also a place on the same side of the green to drop off and pick up. A section of the commencement tent is reserved to the left hand side, to allow for easier access to parking. No parking or seating is reserved for individuals in the handicapped/special need section. For assistance, please see an usher.
The commencement reception is held behind Debevoise Hall. There will be some parking available behind Cornell Library following the ceremony.
For a campus map, please click here.
DO I NEED A TICKET TO GET INTO COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES?
You do not need tickets for entrance to the commencement ceremonies. However, we expect more than 1,000 guests at the commencement ceremonies, so arrive early, as seating is on a first-come basis. If you need assistance, ask an usher to help you. Families with young children may want to sit on the outside of the tent so children can play on the grass. You will be able to see and hear no matter where you sit in the tent.
IS THERE A DESIGNATED AREA FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS AT COMMENCEMENT?
A team of professional photographers will be photographing each graduate as they receive their diploma and hood. In order to get a great photo of each graduate, it is important that photographers have a clear line of sight to the platform when each graduate is hooded.
Understanding guests' desires to try to capture the moment themselves, we will set aside a small area for photographing graduates as they receive their diplomas. Please come to this area moments before your graduate's name is called and depart as soon as he or she leaves the stage. It is important to keep this area accessible to all guests, and to keep the center aisle and stage area accessible to the graduates as they come forward to receive their diplomas.
Please do not step in front of the photographers to take a picture of your graduate. The photographers will be in the position and have the equipment to get the best shot of the moment. Following commencement, please check back for a link to purchase photos.
CAN I BRING MY DOG TO THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY?
We ask that you keep your dog at home for the time you will be visiting South Royalton. The town does not allow dogs on the village green and dogs are not invited into buildings on the VLS campus. If you do bring your dog to town, please obey South Royalton's leash law. Do not leave pets unattended in your vehicle.
WHERE CAN I GET A CUP OF COFFEE, FLOWERS, OR A GIFT ON COMMENCEMENT DAY?
The South Royalton Market (on the village green) has coffee, tea, and baked goods available. Flowers will be available at Barrister's Bookshop on the corner of Chelsea and Windsor Streets. VLS diploma frames and other gifts can be purchased at
Barrister's Book Shop as well. The United Church of Royalton (also on the village green) invites guests to use their restrooms. Portable toilets will be stationed next to the Ellis bandstand on the bank side of the village green.
WILL MY CELL PHONE WORK IN SOUTH ROYALTON?
Most carriers provide service in South Royalton. However, the town is surrounded by mountains, which can compromise cell signals—you can stand in one location and have full service, then walk a few steps and lose the signal. Wireless Internet access is available for guests of Vermont Law School in Chase Center and the Cornell Library. Wireless Internet access is also available at several area businesses, including 5 Olde Tavern, Crossroads Bar and Grill, and Barristers Book Shop.
HOW DO I GET TO VLS?
See our directions page! http://www.vermontlaw.edu/community/the-campus/map-directions
For more information about Vermont Law School's 2017 Commencement Ceremonies, contact:
Vermont Law School
PO Box 96
South Royalton, VT 05068