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What is the attire for the weekend?

The Friday night reception calls for "business casual." Ties and /or jackets are not necessary, but this is the "dressiest" part of the weekend. Our staff photographers are happy to take family/friend photos at this event. On Saturday morning you will be going from Mead Chapel to the Snow Bowl. There is not a lot of time to go back to your hotel to change, so you will want to wear layers and comfortable shoes or—even better—winter boots. At the Snow Bowl you will be walking on packed snow and ice, so high heels are not recommended! Be warm and be comfortable!

How many guests can we bring?

We look forward to seeing you and your family on campus! There aren't any tickets for February Celebration, nor is there any limit to the number of people you can bring, but recognize that if you want to have a good seat, please arrive early. There will be overflow locations for when the rooms fill, and for any late comers.

Where can I stay for February Celebration?

Campus housing is not available during February Celebration weekend. We suggest you look into hotels and inns in the area. You can also visit for information on places to stay and eat.

What about meals?

Meals for the weekend are on your own, with the exception of light hors d'oeuvres at the Friday reception and lunch on Saturday.

We suggest that you make advance reservations when dining out.

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We expect the ski down ceremony to be over around 12:30, but please leave time afterwards for the official Feb Celebration class photo to be taken. Lunch will be provided in Proctor Dining Hall starting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. 

We are bringing elderly guests. Is there anything special we should know?

All events on Friday evening and Saturday are in handicapped-accessible buildings. The road to Mead Chapel is pedestrian-only, but a security officer will open the gate so that guests with limited mobility may be dropped off in a vehicle. Some have found that seating is more accessible in Wilson Hall in McCullough, where a simulcast viewing will be on the large screen. There is also handicapped parking at the Snow Bowl. Please call the Alumni Office (802-443-5183) ahead of time so that we are aware and can better accomodate you.

Although we do our best to have sidewalks and roads cleared of snow, you will find the Snow Bowl more difficult in terms of walking to arrive at the family viewing area. There is seating inside the lodge at the Snow Bowl but the ski down cannot be seen from inside.

I am driving from the Mead Chapel Ceremony to the Ski Down. How much time should I allow?

After the Mead Chapel ceremony, graduates proceed immediately to waiting buses. Families should also begin driving to the Snow Bowl immediately. The drive up to the Snow Bowl will take between 20 and 30 minutes depending on weather and traffic, plus time for parking. 

Parking at the Snow Bowl is limited, and the ski area remains open to the general public on February Celebration day. If the lot is full, you will need to drive back down Route 125 to Rikert Nordic Center and take the free shuttle to the Snow Bowl, a process which will add 10–20 minutes. Parking along the state highway is illegal.

The ski down starts promptly at noon. Please plan accordingly.