| by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Dear Middlebury Institute Community,

In light of the current COVID-19 situation and guidance issued by the public-health authorities, our Spring Commencement exercise will be celebrated online at the close of this academic year. A series of virtual celebrations will culminate in our online Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 15, 2021. The time will be confirmed at a later date.

Spring Commencement is a beloved tradition, and our graduates greatly value the opportunity to celebrate their hard work and success with classmates, family, and friends. Ours is an intimate community, and for most of our faculty and staff, celebrating the achievements of our graduates at Colton Hall is the highlight of the year. Even though we will not be gathering physically in May this year, we will honor the traditions we have established through the years—Professor Mike Gillen will play the bagpipes; you will laugh (and possibly cry a little) over the speeches; there will be flags!; and, of course, ample cheering for what our graduates have accomplished with the support of their families and their faculty. 

We would also like to invite all members of the spring 2021 graduating class, and their families, to participate in person during a future ceremony of their choice. At any future ceremony in which 2021 graduates participate, they will be celebrated and recognized as members of this class.  

Stay tuned for more information about these plans in the weeks to come.


Jeff Dayton-Johnson

VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Institute