February Celebration 2015.5
February 56, 2015

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 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.


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

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


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

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

Luncheon for Families and Guests
Proctor Dining Hall
Lunch will be served following the Ski Down
from 1:30–3:00 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. 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 boots for Saturday’s events.

Immediate family members (parents and siblings) 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 have already begun their planning. The schedule for the formal February Celebration activities is above. If you have any questions, please contact Lyn DeGraff at ldegraff@middlebury.edu

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 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 website and all parents will receive information on how to purchase those individual photos directly from Grad Images.

The College Bookstore will offer a 15 percent discount for graduates from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. If you would like to purchase additional graduation items, please visit the College Bookstore website.

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.