February Celebration 2016.5
February 3–4, 2017

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Presidential Welcome and Reception
Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts
Olin C. Robison Concert Hall
and Upper and Lower Lobbies
4:30–6:00 p.m.

Join President Laurie L. Patton
for a short program featuring a guest speaker 
followed by a reception held in the students’ honor.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

February Celebration Ceremony
Mead Memorial Chapel
9:00–10:30 a.m.

Ski Down Procession
Middlebury College Snow Bowl
11:30–1:00 p.m.

Luncheon for Families and Guests
Proctor Dining Hall
1:30–3:00 p.m.





Each winter, the College holds a unique ceremony for its FebsDuring February Celebration, just over 100 seniors make their way down the trails at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl in their caps and gowns. Many ski or snowboard down the mountain, while others walk or snowshoe, as their friends and family below cheer them on. It’s a wonderful sight!

The weekend of the celebration will offer several events on campus for friends, family, and students. The weekend begins on Friday evening with a speaker and reception. On Saturday morning, President Laurie L. Patton will address the members of the senior class and their guests in Mead Memorial Chapel. The ski procession at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl will take place following convocation in Mead Chapel. A casual lunch for families will be served in Proctor Dining Hall after the ski down.

We look forward to hosting you for Feb Celebration!

  • Attendance at Feb celebration has grown significantly over the past few years, as more family members and friends join their students for the weekend. Tickets are not needed, but capacity in both Mahaney Center for the Arts and Mead Chapel is limited, so please plan to arrive early on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Events will be live streamed at secondary locations for those who are unable to get a seat in the main venue.
  • There is designated parking at the Snow Bowl and access to all the event venues for people with disabilities. Please dress in layers as it can be warm in Mead Chapel, but very cold at the higher altitude of the Snow Bowl. We recommend warm, waterproof boots for Saturday’s events. High heels are not recommended.

  • Students do not receive their actual diplomas at Feb Celebration as grades are not finalized until March. Many students choose to come back in May for Commencement and they can receive diplomas at that time. If they choose not to walk in May, their diplomas will be mailed to them.

Please note: The Friday night program will be videotaped, as will the Saturday morning speakers. Grad Images will be on hand to take formal photos of each student as he/she receives the Gamaliel Painter cane and shakes hands with the president. They will also take a class picture right after the ski down. Candid photos will be posted on this site after the event, and may be downloaded full-resolution free of charge. Video will be posted on this website and all parents will receive information on how to purchase those individual photos directly from Grad Images.