February Celebration 2018.5
February 1–2, 2019

Live Stream

Please click here for a downloadable PDF version of the Schedule

Friday, February 1, 2019

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 2, 2019

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

Ski Down Procession
Middlebury College Snow Bowl
Noon*

*see PDF schedule and FAQ for timing details

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, 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, beginning 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, and the traditional Gamaliel Painter's cane will be bestowed. The ski procession at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl will take place following convocation at noon. A casual lunch for families will be served in Proctor Dining Hall starting at 1:30 p.m..

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 although it is best to call the Alumni Office to let us know if you have specific needs. 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. Click here for the forecast for Bread Loaf Mountain, which is near the Snow Bowl and should have similar conditions.

  • 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 and Saturday morning speakers will be photographed by our staff photographers. 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.