Please note that we will have two sites for Commencement.

Commencement Details for the Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Russian, and Spanish Language Schools at Middlebury (VT):

The 2016 Commencement Ceremony at Middlebury College for Language Schools Master of Arts and Doctor of Modern Languages degree recipients will be held on Friday, August 19 at 4:00pm.

Vermont Language Schools Commencement will be held this year in the Robison Concert Hall of the Mahaney Center for the Arts on Route 30. Students will line up with their school on the first and second floors of the Center for the Arts at 3:15 p.m.  Look for individual school  and DML signs. Someone from each School will be there to assist in lining up. It is important that students go promptly to this site as we only have thirty minutes to place students and faculty in correct order. Students should remain in line for the procession, which will begin at 4 p.m.

Please note that seating in the concert hall is limited and TICKETS will be required for this event. Each attending graduate will be given three tickets for entrance to the concert hall venue. There will also be overflow space, and any extra seats in the concert hall will be filled at 3:45 p.m.

Tickets for Vermont may be picked up at the Sunderland second-floor reception desk beginning on August 1.

Ample parking, including accessible spaces, are available at the Center for the Arts.

Following the ceremony, there will be a short reception in the lobby of the Center for the Arts to celebrate the graduates. All are invited to attend.

Commencement Details for Arabic and Italian Language Schools at Mills (CA):

The 2016 Commencement Ceremony at Mills College for Middlebury Language Schools Master of Arts and DMLs will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm in the Littlefield Concert Hall.

How do I get my Cap and Gown?

All Language Schools MA and DML degree recipients are required to wear the traditional caps, gowns, and hoods. 

Middlebury: For MA candidates, the cost to purchase commencement regalia will be $45.50 (plus tax). DML students may rent a cap and gown for $36, and they will be given a DML hood to keep. DMLs will be hooded during the ceremony.

The College store is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Graduates should purchase regalia at the Middlebury College bookstore anytime from Wednesday, August 17, through Friday, August 19 at 3:00 p.m.

Late arrivals should contact Jaime Martin, Senior Associate Registrar, Language Schools, at 802.443.5917 or by e-mail at to arrange for pickup of regalia, if there is a valid reason for arriving late. Some gowns will be available at the Chapel—for emergency purposes only. Graduates without regalia will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

Mills: Please contact your School coordinator for information about ordering regalia. Graduates without regalia will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

DML students should , likewise, contact their School coordinator about either renting or purchasing regalia. DML students will be hooded during the ceremony.

What might prevent me from participating in commencement?

All Language Schools tuition, extra course fees, miscellaneous fees, room and board fees must be paid in full in order for you to receive your diploma or an official transcript. Students abroad are responsible for seeing that their abroad fees have been paid.

Middlebury: Please make sure accounts are settled before 4:00 p.m. on August 12. The Cashier's office is located on the second floor of the Service Building.

Mills: Please make sure accounts are settled before 4:00 p.m. on August 4.

Am I required to attend commencement?

Graduating students are not required to attended commencement. If you indicated you would not be attending and you find that your plans have changed, let us know as soon as possible. Please contact the Registrar's Office at 802.443.5917 or by e-mail at

If I don't attend commencement, will I receive my diploma?

Students who are unable to attend the ceremony will receive their diploma approximately two weeks after the commencement date. They are normally sent via U.S. Priority Mail. If there is a change of address, please notify the Registrar's Office immediately.

Where can my family stay?

Vermont: Housing for family and friends will not be available on campus. Graduating students are housed free of charge, if space is available in the dorm. Contact the coordinator of your School.

Please call the Addison County Chamber of Commerce at 802.388.7951 for information about local motels. The Middlebury Inn and Inn on the Green are closest to the campus.

California: Housing for family and friends will not be available on campus. Please call the Oakland Chamber of Commerce at 510.847.4800 for information about local hotels. You can also visit Yelp to find local hotels.

Are tickets required?

Tickets are not required for the Mills ceremony; see above for Middlebury.

Will there be an official photographer at the ceremony?

For your convenience, we have made arrangements with GradImages® for a professional photographer to record the moment you are awarded your diploma. Following the commencement ceremony, proofs of these color photographs will be sent to each graduate from the vendor. There is no obligation to purchase, and you will have the option of ordering from a variety of enlargement packages at very reasonable prices. You may contact GradImages® directly with any questions: 800.261.2576 or