SIT Graduate Institute Commencement 2023

Members of the 2022 SIT graduating class

The 2023 SIT Graduate Institute Commencement Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. (Eastern U.S.) on August 12, 2023, on the SIT campus, 1 Kipling Road, Brattleboro, Vermont. (An alternative location will be announced in case of rain.) Graduates may choose to attend the ceremony in-person or virtually. The event will be live-streamed on SIT Graduate Institute’s Facebook page.

Here are some important things to know:

  • You may participate in person or online.
  • The RSVP deadline for in-person participation is Friday, June 16, 2023.
  • 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, guests, 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 reception that follows. We ask graduates to please limit the number of guests to 4.

Caps and Gowns

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

On the RSVP form, 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 to wear 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. Please indicate your gown size and preference on the RSVP form.


A brief, informal rehearsal for graduates participating in person will take place at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern U.S.) on Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, at the International Center on the SIT campus in Brattleboro. Participation is highly encouraged as you will learn important logistical information that will make the commencement ceremony run smoothly.

Travel and Hotel Accommodations

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

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]