NECI Commencement!


Saturday, June 8, 2019| 2:00pm EST

National Life Group, 1 National Life Dr, Montpelier, VT 05604

Please apply to attend the June 8, 2018 Graduation Ceremony  




Graduation Application and Employment Verification

All graduates are required to fill out this information, regardless of your decision to participate in Commencement. Your graduation application and employment verification must be submitted by May 1, 2019.


On the Day of Commencement

Commencement participants are to report for check-in at National Life no later than 12:30 PM on June 8, 2019. Please be on time to get fitted for your gown or chef jacket.


Announcements and line-up will begin at 1:15 PM sharp in the National Life Entry Lounge. The ceremony will begin at 2:00 PM followed by refreshments at 3:00 PM.



For FBBM graduates: You will receive caps and gowns, and should wear dark shoes and black trousers or skirt under the gown.

For Culinary, Baking and Pastry, and all Certificate graduates: You will receive a chef jacket and must wear black slacks, black shoes, and a plain white T-shirt to be worn under the chef jacket.



Four complimentary graduation tickets will be held at the door for the guests of each graduate. Guests will check in at the front entrance and receive programs that will serve as their tickets. We are sorry, but due to occupancy limits, we are unable to accommodate requests for additional tickets.



Seating for guests is on a first-come, first-serve basis. We recommend guests arrive no later than 1:45 PM. Graduates will have assigned seating by program.


Directions and Parking

From I-89: Take Exit 8 toward US-2/VT-12/Montpelier, merging onto Memorial Drive. Go .5 miles and take the first right onto National Life Drive. Proceed .4 miles and turn left into the National Life parking lot.

From downtown Montpelier: From Main Street, head southwest and cross the Winooski River. At the traffic light, take a right onto Memorial Drive. Proceed .7 miles and take a left at National Life Drive (3rd traffic light). Proceed .5 miles and turn left into the National Life parking lot.

There is ample parking available onsite.  For handicap parking, please check in with an usher upon arrival.



Family photographers are welcome. We ask that only one member of your party approach the designated staging area to take a picture of their graduate. Please do not block the graduate walking path or obstruct the view for others.


Disability Services

Please contact us as soon as possible to make special arrangements for yourself or any member of your party who may need additional assistance. Email [email protected].



Graduates and their party may enjoy a 20% discount when dining at NECI on Main (open 4:30pm-9pm) on Friday and Saturday nights of graduation. Reservations are strongly encouraged. We will be closed for lunch on Graduation Day.



A variety of accommodations may be found via AirBNB and via our Accommodations page.



Contact [email protected] for questions regarding the commencement ceremony.