Commencement Highlights 2015!

Commencement Weekend Program

Middlebury College usually hosts an outdoor Commencement ceremony so that our graduates may invite as many family, friends, and guests as they wish. Tickets are not required for the outdoor Commencement.

However, in the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be held at the Peterson Family Athletics Complex. If this should happen, we will communicate all necessary logistics and information to the graduates by e-mail, and we will post updated information on the Commencement website as soon as it is available.


The following schedule reflects a typical Commencement weekend. Programming, dates, and venues are finalized in February. Parents are mailed an events program in March.



6:00 p.m.
Mahaney Center for the Arts Plaza
Rain site:  Proctor Dining Hall


Bread Loaf Inn
Noon - 11:00 p.m.

Proctor Dining Hall
3:00 - 10:00 p.m.

4:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)



Bread Loaf Inn
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Proctor Dining Hall
9:00 a.m. - Noon

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Continental breakfast is available in the lobby at 8:30 a.m.
Phi Beta Kappa recipients and their guests are welcome.

Seniors chosen for PBK are notified by e-mail
on the Thursday before Commencement.

12:15 p.m.

Proctor and Ross Dining Halls

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
Mead Memorial Chapel
President Liebowitz will address the senior class.

All are welcome to attend. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.  A live broadcast will be provided in both Wilson Hall, in the McCullough Student Center, and in Dana Auditorium, in Sunderland Language Center. Mead Chapel is not air conditioned. For guests who prefer a more comfortable setting, Wilson Hall and Dana Auditorium offer cushioned seating and air conditioning.

4:30-6:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)



9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
East side of Old Chapel

9:50 a.m.

Departments/Programs line up alphabetically.

10:00 a.m.

The Central College Lawn (located in the vicinity of Munroe and Voter Halls)

Please come prepared for all weather conditions (warm coats, rain gear, hats, sunscreen, etc.) and wear shoes appropriate for damp, uneven, grassy terrain.

A tent, to provide sun or rain protection, will be located behind the seating area. A live broadcast of the ceremony will be provided in Wilson Hall in the McCullough Student Center (directly behind the rain tent) and Mead Chapel (up the hill) for those who wish to be inside.


Immediately Following the Ceremony
Mead Chapel Lawn
Rain site: Proctor, Ross, and Atwater Dining Halls

11:00 p.m.

Graduates are required to vacate their dormitory rooms no later than 11:00 p.m. on Commencement day. This deadline must be enforced so that rooms may be prepared for Reunion.


Questions about the "Feb Celebration" in January should be directed to the Alumni and Parent Office at 802.443.5777.

Parents of "Febs" receive Commencement mailings because some students who complete their degree requirements at the end of Winter Term (this year or next) choose to march at the May ceremony. If your son or daughter does not plan to march, please disregard any Commencement material you may receive.

Senior Week activities are handled by the "Senior Week Committee," with advice from the College Advancement Office. For details about Senior Week activities: go/seniorweek.

How do I get a job reference for work after I graduate?

In order for any supervisor that you had as a student employee at the College to release information on you regarding your employment you will need to complete the Information Release and Waiver Agreement.

Diplomas and Graduation Information

Degree dates

There are three official degree dates for Middlebury College:

March 1
May commencement date
August commencement date

The College must receive all final grades or course credits before a student is eligible to graduate. Even if a student is currently enrolled in courses that are not required for the degree, all course work must be finished before the degree is awarded.

Graduating Febs

Students who complete degree requirements in December or in January have an official degree date of March 1. Since a few Feb graduates choose to participate in the May Commencement, their diplomas are  saved for the May ceremony, otherwise they are mailed out to those who have notified us that they will not attend.

Your name on your Diploma

When you complete the online Intent to Graduate form (online for BA candidates), you indicate exactly how you wish your name to appear on your diploma. This should be the formal version of your name, with proper accents, Jr. or III, and your middle name included, as you want it to appear many years afterward.  If you have questions, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Lost Diplomas

Middlebury College will issue a replacement diploma, if one was lost or damaged. We do not supply multiple copies. To request a replacement diploma, please send a letter with the following information:

The degree that you earned
The date you graduated
Your name at the time of your graduation
How your original diploma was lost or damaged
Your current mailing address
Your handwritten signature

Send the letter to:

The Registrar’s Office
5142 Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

Include a check for $45 to cover the cost of ordering the replacement. Since our diplomas are ordered from a national vendor, it takes several weeks for us to receive the replacement diploma, once it is requested. Keep in mind that the new diploma will contain the actual dates of your degree conferral, and your name the way it appears in the Commencement program, although the signatures will be those of our current administrators.

Diploma translations

Many times graduates who apply for jobs or visas in other countries need a copy of the English translation of their Latin diploma. The Registrar's Office can supply certified letters with the needed personalized translation. Email

The general translation of the undergraduate diploma is:

Middlebury College
in the State of Vermont
To all students of letters
Eternal greeting in the Lord

Be it now known to you that the President of the College, with the approval of our honored and esteemed Fellows, has dignified and graced  [name] with the title and rank of Bachelor of Liberal Arts, and has conferred on her/him all the privileges and honors pertaining thereto. Let the official seal of the College and the signature of the President bear witness to this act.

Issued at the College on the [day and month] in the year of the Lord [year], and in the [year] year of the American Republic.


If a graduate needs additional certification of the degree for work abroad, an apostille may be required. In this case, please send your original diploma to the Registrar's Office, along with a check for the $10.00 fee and an addressed and stamped envelope to send the sealed document back to the sender. We will copy your diploma and notarize the copy.  The diploma copy is notarized and sent on to the office of the Vermont Secretary of State, with the fee and the return envelope.  We will return the original diploma directly to you. 

"The document, with proper notarization, must be brought or sent to the Secretary of State's office in Montpelier. There the notary's signature will be verified by comparing it to the notary appointment form on file and a simple document called an Apostille filled out and signed by either the Secretary of State or the Deputy Secretary of State. The Apostille then is embossed with the seal of the Secretary of State. A $10.00 fee per document should accompany the request. Once the process is completed, the document is then considered legalized in many countries.

You can contact the Vermont Secretary of State office directly at

For a full, current listing of member states and countries, visit the U.S. Department of State's website at:"

Students celebrate with annual ski-down procession at Middlebury College Snow Bowl

At the end of Middlebury College’s winter term, many students celebrate the closing of their undergraduate college careers. About 120 students typically earn bachelor of arts degrees from Middlebury upon the mid-year completion of their academic requirements, officially on March 1. As part of a congratulatory weekend for these graduates, the annual “ski-down” procession in cap and gown takes place at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl in Hancock.

The college offers admission to students twice each year, in September and again in February. Since the 1970s, February admissions have allowed some first-year students to begin their college studies in the spring semester after high school graduation instead of starting immediately in the fall. As these students complete their undergraduate careers, the college honors their accomplishments with a weekend-long mid-winter celebration.