SIT Graduate Institute Commencement 2022

The 2022 SIT Graduate Institute Commencement Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. (Eastern U.S.) on August 13, 2022, on the SIT campus, 1 Kipling Road, Brattleboro, Vermont. The keynote speaker is Peace Corps CEO Carol Spahn. The ceremony will be held in-person and will be livestreamed on SIT Graduate Institute’s Facebook page.

Here are some important things you need to know:

  • You may participate in person or online.
  • The RSVP deadline for in-person participation at commencement has passed. If you need to be in touch regarding participation, please contact [email protected]
  • Please note that there is a US$95 graduation fee for in-person participation (there is no fee for remote participation). This fee helps to offset the cost of regalia, food, and other expenses. After you RSVP, our Student Accounts Office will be in touch with you directly regarding payment.
  • If you have any questions about your degree requirements, please contact the Registrar’s Office by email at [email protected].



Friends and family are welcome to attend the in-person commencement ceremony and a lunchtime reception that follows. We ask graduates to please limit the number of guests to 5. Note: There is no additional fee for guests.

Caps and Gowns

We have a selection of gowns that were custom made in women’s cooperatives in Asia, Africa, and Central America.

Please indicate your interest in a gown from (left to right) El Salvador (trim in various colors), Thailand, or Ghana.

In-person participants have the choice of a custom commencement gown, which must be returned to us, or a black gown that the graduate may keep.

Regardless of which gown you choose, you will receive and may keep a hood and cap.


A brief, informal rehearsal for graduates participating in person will take place at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern U.S.) on Friday, Aug. 12, at the International Center on the SIT campus in Brattleboro. At the rehearsal, you will learn important logistical information that will make the commencement ceremony run smoothly.

Commencement Speaker

SIT is pleased to welcome Peace Corps CEO Carol Spahn as this year’s commencement keynote speaker. Her presence honors the shared history of the two organizations.

Post-Commencement Peace Corps Ceremony

This year, SIT and World Learning are celebrating the 90th anniversary of our founding. Both grew out of the Experiment in International Living, an intercultural exchange program launched in 1932. The Experiment became one of the first institutions to train outbound Peace Corps volunteers in the early 1960s. In 1964, that training center became School for International Training. On Saturday, Aug. 13, our organizations will celebrate our shared values and ongoing partnership with the dedication of a new historical marker on campus. You are welcome to attend this dedication, which takes place after commencement at 2 p.m. Please click here to RSVP for this historic dedication.

Travel and Hotel Accommodations

Click here for directions to the SIT campus and information about public transportation, including bus, train, and air travel.

Please see the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce website for local hotels and inns.

COVID Safety Measures

SIT complies with Vermont Department of Health recommendations and protocols for COVID-19 safety. Please check this website for updates now and immediately prior to commencement for any changes to this guidance.

We encourage you to self-test for COVID-19 before the event. Masks are currently not required during the event, regardless of whether it is indoors or outdoors, but masks will be available and we encourage those who feel more comfortable wearing one to do so. There will be signs posted for any areas where masks may be required.


Parts of the ceremony will be photographed by an SIT staff member and select photos will be posted on the SIT website and on social media channels.

If you have any other questions regarding commencement please contact the SIT Commencement Committee at [email protected].