Getting Here

International Guests

International guests may need to apply for a tourist visa for entry into the United States to attend Commencement. After consulting with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the guest’s home country, it may be determined that an invitation letter is recommended for the visa application process. Students can request invitation letters from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and should do so in a timely manner to ensure guests can obtain their visas in advance of their planned travel. For more information about ISSS invitation letters, please consult our International Guest Travel page on the Commencement website. Please contact ISSS at 802-443-5858 or isss@middlebury.edu if you have questions.

Lodging

We encourage parents and guests to make arrangements with other area lodging establishments as soon as possible. We do not allow sleeping in unreserved spaces on campus. Information on area lodging for Middlebury and the surrounding areas of both Vermont and New York can be found on the lodging page of the Commencement website.

Directions

From the Burlington International Airport

Coming out of the airport, turn left on Airport Road. At the stop light, cross the intersection onto Kennedy Drive. At the second light, enter Route 189 (West to Route 7). At intersection of Route 7, turn left and continue south to Middlebury (30 miles). At the large white Congregational Church, turn right and continue through town. At the roundabout, bear right onto Route 125. Go past St. Mary’s Church and the College will be on your left.

Driving Directions

Driving directions from around New England

GPS Locations

GPS locations for primary parking areas off Route 30 are 72 Porter Field Road and 219 South Main Street.

Parking and Shuttle Service

Several locations around campus have parking for the general public. There will be continuous shuttle service from these lots to the Commencement site. (See the Parking and Shuttle Map for more detail.)

Traffic will be heavy. We encourage guests at hotels and inns in town to take advantage of free shuttle service, which departs approximately at 7:30 a.m., 8:15 a.m., and 9:00 a.m.

Campus shuttle sites:

  • Mahaney Center for the Arts
  • Freeman International Center (FIC)
  • Alumni Stadium (weather permitting)
  • Ridgeline
  • Wright Theatre

Free shuttle service is available from the following:

  • The Inn on the Green
  • Courtyard Marriott
  • Middlebury Inn
  • Swift House Inn