Frequently Asked Questions for Guests

Frequently Asked Questions for Guests

When and where is the graduation ceremony?

The graduation ceremony will be on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2:00 National Life (One National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT 05604). There is ample parking available on-site. For handicap parking,  please check in with an usher upon arrival.

How do I get to National Life?

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, crossing 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. 

Do guests need tickets to attend?

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

At what time must graduates arrive?

Students will need to arrive early (12:30 PM main entrance to National Life) to get fitted for chef jacket (for all Culinary or Baking and Pastry graduates) or cap and gown (for all Hospitality & Restaurant Management / Food and Beverage Business Management graduates).  Upon arrival, students will be directed to the National Life Corporate Classroom for check-in and graduation attire fitting.

Will there be a reception?

Immediately following the ceremony there will be a gala reception for graduates, family and friends in the National Life Dining Area.

What if it rains?

The ceremony will be held inside National Life.

When at National Life, if I have questions where do I go?

NECI Student Ushers, dressed in black bow ties and vests, will be available to assist you.

Is there assigned seating?

Seating for guests is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Graduates will have assigned seating by program.  Graduate line-up will begin at 1:30 pm sharp in the National Life Entry Lounge; Graduates must be present in brigade/caps and gowns at this time.

Will there be an official photographer and can I order photographs of graduation?

Yes, for viewing graduation pictures and easy online ordering of prints, visit the NECI graduation website after the ceremony.

Is your restaurant open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights?

Yes, NECI on Main is open for dinner 5:30 to 9:00 pm both on Friday and Graduation Day. Reservations are strongly encouraged. We will be closed for lunch on Graduation day.

Where can I find hotel accommodations?

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

More Questions?

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