January 28, 2002

Contact: Adrianne Tucker
Posted: January 28, 2001

MIDDLEBURY, VT- 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.