Middlebury

January 28, 2002

Contact:
Adrianne Tucker

802-443-5629

satucker@middlebury.edu

Posted: January 28, 2001

MIDDLEBURY,
VT
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More than 100 students from the class of 2002 expect to
receive bachelor of arts degrees from Middlebury College
upon the mid-year completion of their academic requirements
at the liberal arts institution in Vermont. Although these
graduates complete their degrees early, they must
nevertheless wait until May to receive actual diplomas. To
more immediately honor their accomplishment, the College
plans a special weekend of mid-winter celebration. This
year, the annual "ski-down" in cap and gown will take place
on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl in
the nearby Green Mountains.

Following the custom
initiated by mid-year graduates over a decade ago, most
students choose to participate one way or another in the
festive procession on the slopes. Led by a Middlebury
College standard-bearer, honorees ride the chairlift up the
mountain and parade back down again in a procession of caps
and gowns, regalia-bedecked faculty, blue and white
balloons, skis, snowboards, sometimes snowshoes, and
sometimes toboggans to the cheers and hearty congratulations
of family, friends, and College faculty and staff waiting
below.

The College also looks forward to
seeing its ski-down graduates return 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.

Read
student Jared W. Miller's February Graduation Speech

For more information
prior to the event, contact Heather Cahill, Middlebury
College alumni and parent programs, 802-443-5192.