Please note that we will have two sites for Commencement.
Commencement Details for the Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish Language Schools at Middlebury (VT):
The 2015 Commencement Ceremony at Middlebury College for Language Schools Master of Arts and Doctor of Modern Languages degree recipients will be held on Friday, August 14 at 5:00pm.
Students line up in front of Mead Chapel on the sidewalk leading to Old Chapel Road. Look for individual school 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 get students and faculty in correct procession. In the event of rain, the following alternate meeting places have been assigned:
CHINESE, FRENCH, MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES - Hepburn Lounge
GERMAN, RUSSIAN AND SPANISH SCHOOLS- Gifford Lecture Classroom
Commencement Details for Arabic and Italian Language Schools at Mills (CA):
The 2015 Commencement Ceremony at Mills College for Middlebury Language Schools Master of Arts and DMLs will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 4:00 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 should contact Oliver Carling, DML coordinator, for regalia information. DMLs will be hooded during the ceremony.
The College store is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Graduates should purchase regalia at the Middlebury College bookstore anytime from Wednesday, August 12, through Friday, August 14 at 3:00 p.m.
Late arrivals should contact Jen Thompson, Senior Associate Registrar, Language Schools, at 802.443.5917 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org 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: For MA candidates, the cost to purchase commencement regalia will be $45.50 (plus tax). You must order regalia from the Mills College Bookstore at least two weeks in advance of Commencement. Graduates without regalia will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony. DML students should contact Oliver Carling, DML coordinator, for regalia information. DMLs will be hooded during the ceremony.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 11. 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.
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.
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.
Where can we park?
Visitors may park in any legal parking place on campus and on the public avenues bordering the campus. During the ceremonies, ADA spaces are held immediately behind Mead Chapel, on Hillcrest Road, a left turn off of College Street.
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 http://www.gradimages.com.