January 30, 1999

Middlebury College Fetes Mid-Year Graduates with Annual Ski-Down Celebration Jan. 30

Bachelor of Arts degrees from Middlebury College will be received by 73 students from the Class of 1999 upon the mid-year completion of their academic requirements at the liberal arts institution in Vermont.

Although March graduates earn their degrees months earlier than the rest of their classmates because they enter the College a semester earlier, they must still wait until May to receive their actual diplomas. To more immediately honor their accomplishment, however, the College invites students to participate in a special mid-winter celebration: a weekend of receptions, dinners, speakers and a special address to the senior class by the College president in Mead Chapel followed by a ski-down in cap and gown in the nearby Green Mountains.

Following the custom initiated by mid-year graduates over a decade ago, most students choose the College's ski facility-the Middlebury College Snow Bowl-for the site of outdoor festivities. After skiing down Worth Mountain's long-favored trail, the Allen, led by a Middlebury College standard-bearer in a parade of blue and white balloons, skis, ski-poles, snowboards, mortar boards, flapping gowns and flying tassels, yahoos and hoorays, the skiing honorees meet at the bottom of the slope for more cheers and hearty congratulations from family, friends, and College faculty and staff.

The College then looks forward to seeing its ski-down graduates return to campus later each spring, when they join the rest of their graduating class at the College's official commencement ceremony on the main campus in May.