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Class of 2020 left in the dark over postponed commencement ceremony

Former UVM seniors watch a virtual graduation May 17. Two months after UVM was supposed to
release students’ graduation plans, the University has refused to say when the ceremony will occur.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

October 14, 2020

Commencement for the class of 2020 has yet to happen, and despite promises from the administration to release a plan by August, the class of recent grads has been left in the dark.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, UVM was forced to close campus during spring break. As a result, UVM postponed the in...

Views diverge on graduation speaker

This year's commencement speaker will be Darren Walker, the president of the Ford Foundation, and first openly gay speaker since 2011. Walker has been featured in Time's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and Rolling Stone's 25 People Shaping the Future.

Cullen Paradis and Sophia Venturo

February 15, 2019

This year’s commencement speaker will be Darren Walker, the first openly gay speaker since 2011. Walker, the president of the Ford Foundation, was announced as this year’s graduation speaker in a Feb. 5 email from President Tom Sullivan. Walker is the first person of color to make the commence...

UVM will hold commencement outside

Lindsay Freed, Staff Writer

May 20, 2017

The University will hold its 216th Commencement outside May 21. The main commencement ceremony will take place on the University Green at 8:20 a.m. Tickets are not required, according to a UVM press release. The University decided to hold the ceremony outside in anticipation of good weather, according to the p...

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