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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.


 
COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND 2015

THURSDAY, MAY 21

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


FRIDAY, MAY 22

HOUSING REGISTRATION FOR PARENTS AND GUESTS
Bread Loaf Inn
Noon - 11:00 p.m.

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

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM RECEPTIONS
4:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

 


SATURDAY, MAY 23

HOUSING REGISTRATION FOR PARENTS AND GUESTS
Bread Loaf Inn
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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

PHI BETA KAPPA INDUCTION CEREMONY
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.

PRESIDENT'S LUNCHEON FOR SENIORS AND THEIR GUESTS
12:15 p.m.

Proctor and Ross Dining Halls

BACCALAUREATE SERVICE
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.


DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM RECEPTIONS
4:30-6:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

 


SUNDAY, MAY 24

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

COMMENCEMENT PROCESSION BEGINS
9:50 a.m.

Departments/Programs line up alphabetically.

COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES
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.

 

COMMENCEMENT LUNCHEON
FOR GRADUATES AND THEIR GUESTS
Immediately Following the Ceremony
Mead Chapel Lawn
Rain site: Proctor, Ross, and Atwater Dining Halls

GRADUATE DEPARTURE
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.

Miscellaneous Policies

1. ENTERTAINMENT ALLOWANCE
Each FYSE has a course enrichment budget of $250.  In addition, the program provides $100 for social interactions with seminar students.  Requests for reimbursements should be submitted to the director of the first-year seminar program.

2. PROGRAM ENRICHMENT FUNDS
Funds are budgeted each year earmarked for lectures, co-curricular programs specific to your department, and student research expenses. The dean of curriculum administers the budget. All expenses (honoraria, travel, entertainment, etc.) must come from this assignment. Vouchers, signed by the department chair, may be submitted directly to the Accounts Payable Office.

3. STUDENT ASSISTANTS
Undergraduates assisting in such academic work as correcting and reading papers and assisting in laboratories must first be approved by the chair of the department, who may consult with the VPAA/DOF in these matters.

4. COMMENCEMENT AND CONVOCATION
On Convocation and Commencement days all members of the faculty are invited and encouraged to participate in the academic ceremonies. Those faculty members not owning caps and gowns for the academic procession may rent them through the College Store. The College will pay the rental fees for caps, gowns, and hoods for untenured faculty. Orders should be given at least six weeks in advance of Commencement weekend. Academic regalia may be purchased by the faculty through the College Store; a payroll deduction loan program is available to do so. The College will purchase academic regalia for newly tenured faculty if they do not yet own regalia.

5. ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN CLASSES
Except for students whose needs are recognized by the College ADA office, the use of electronic devices (laptops, iPhones, Blackberries and other smart phones, etc.) by students in classes is subject to the approval of the instructor.  At any point in the semester, the instructor may choose to prohibit or limit the use of such devices by students without needs recognized by the ADA. The instructor’s decision should be made clear to the entire class, in verbal or written form.

6.  RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MERIT
At an annual salary consultation, department chairs will advise the VPAA/DOF in interpreting annual faculty salary forms.  Faculty members may be recommended for salary increases based on continuing excellence in teaching effectiveness, scholarly and/or creative activity and contributions to the work of the College.  Department chairs will call the VPAA/DOF’s attention to faculty members who have distinguished themselves in at least one of these areas by notable or exceptional achievements within the previous year.

7. FACULTY PARTICIPATION IN A PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH
In the event of a presidential search, the faculty will elect three tenured representatives who will be available for service on a search committee. These elections will follow the same rules as those for the Promotions Committee, but with the inclusion on the ballot of associate professors, and will take place within six weeks from the date of announcement of a presidential search. Colleagues who do not wish to be elected can withdraw their names from the initial ballot. [Voted as advisory to the administration in April 2012]

Where can I stay for February Celebration?

There isn't any campus housing available for February Celebration weekend. We suggest you call area hotels, inns and Bed and Breakfasts. You can also visit the Addison County Chamber of Commerce for names of local establishments.

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