Annual Events


February Celebration 2013.5

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Each winter, the College hosts an unusual, yet traditional Middlebury ceremony for its "Febs." The February Celebration, so-called because most participating students began their Middlebury careers as "Febs" or February first-years, allows all these seniors to 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 to behold!

The weekend of the celebration will offer several events on campus for friends, family and the students, who are also welcome to return in May to receive their diplomas during Commencement. The weekend begins on Friday evening with a speaker and reception with hors d’oeuvres and beverages. On Saturday morning, President Liebowitz 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 back on campus after the ski down.

Immediate family members  ski free on the Friday before Feb Celebration but they do pay full price for equipment rentals. The students pay a $5 rental set up fee and they can ski free for one day during the week of Feb Celebration.

A student committee organizes most of the non-official festivities and they will begin their planning sessions in late October. What follows is the schedule for February Celebration 2013.5.  Please check back to this Web site for more details as we get closer to the celebration. If you have any questions, please contact Ian McCray at 802.443.5183 or parents@middlebury.edu

2013.5 February Celebration Schedule

For a printable version of the complete schedule, please click on the link below.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Families are invited to a free day pass at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl.

Remarks and Family Reception
The Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts
4:30-6:30 p.m.

  • Welcome by February Celebration Planning Committee
  • Introduction of guest speaker 
  • Reception
Saturday, February 1, 2014

February Celebration Ceremony
Mead Chapel
9:00 a.m.

  • Student address to the senior class
  • President's address to the senior class
  • Presentation of canes  

February Ski Procession
Middlebury College Snow Bowl
12:00 p.m.

Family Lunch
Proctor Dining Hall
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Students are required to vacate their dorm rooms by 12 noon on Sunday, February 2.

Please note: The Friday night program will be videotaped, as will the Saturday morning speakers. Grad Images will be on hand to take individual photos of each student as he/she receives the Gamaliel Painter cane and shakes hands with the president. They will also have candid pictures at the Snow Bowl and they will be taking a  class picture right after the ski down.  The audio/video pieces will be posted on this Web site and all parents will receive information on how to purchase photos from Grad Images.

If you would like to order formal graduation announcements or purchase other graduation items, please visit the College Store Web site.

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.