Spring Commencement is Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 1:00 p.m.

Colton Hall Lawn, Pacific Street between Madison and Jefferson Streets, Monterey, CA (see map). Seating opens at 12:00 p.m. and guests should be seated by 12:45 p.m.

See complete schedule.

Inclement Weather Plans

Rain is in the forecast. Commencement will still go on, rain or shine! The ceremony will still be held on the lawn at Colton hall regardless of weather. This is an outdoor venue and there is no shelter available at the location. Please wear/bring appropriate rain gear in the event it should rain. Guests will be allowed to have umbrellas if it rains, and if it rains, disposable ponchos will be provided to graduates and faculty, to cover their regalia. We will have towels standing by, in case seats need to be dried off.  We will shorten the ceremony as much as possible and focus on awarding the diplomas to our graduates, so that sitting in the rain is kept to a minimum. We are looking forward to celebrating our graduates and hope that the rain will hold off until the ceremony concludes.

Preparing for Commencement

We will continue to update this page as more details become available. All students preparing for commencement should review and complete the following checklist:

Petition for Graduation
Graduate Information Sheet
Order Regalia
View the Financial Aid Student Loan Repayment Strategy Presentation
Vote for Student Commencement Speaker
View the Commencement Schedule

Graduating Students Meeting

A mandatory information meeting for 2019 spring graduating students is going to be held on Thursday, March 14 at 12:10pm in Irvine Auditorium. Important information about commencement will be presented and student speaker nominees will present summaries of their speeches.

Graduating Student Info Meeting 3.14.19

Commencement Announcements

Announcements will be available in late March (have not arrived yet, we will inform you when they have). When available, these paper announcements can be picked at Student Services during regular office hours until April 19th. Each of you will receive 5 paper announcements. If you need additional announcements, you may pick them up beginning on April 22nd. An electronic version is available here.

Financial Aid Information

The Exit Counseling Session was recorded and may be accessed at the following link by logging in with you @middlebury.edu email account: https://midd.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=7bf6bbb6-0b74-485e-a255-aa40011ef5f0. The Department of Education’s website will be a huge resource to you as you begin repayment on your loans: www.studentaid.gov. Here is an information sheet that may answer many of your questions: Resource Sheet. Please remember that the FINAID office is available as a resource to you all, even as an Alumnus.

Special Needs Seating

If you have guests using wheelchairs, walkers, etc. that may require special seating, please submit your request by e-mail to linae@miis.edu by Wednesday, May 1 so arrangements may be made for them.

Commencement Day Parking

The Institute parking lots are available for guests to use on Saturday. Keep in mind street parking in the area often has limited one and two hour time limits. There are several coin operated City of Monterey parking lots available near campus. Please see city parking maps available in the Student Services Office for maps.

Guests should allow ample time to find parking and arrive at the ceremony venue.

Commencement Volunteers

If you volunteered for commencement as a flag bearer, usher, or assisted with the reception, please fill out the volunteer form. Flag Bearers should submit the form to Student Services and Ushers and Reception Volunteers should submit the form to Linae Ishii-Devine


Contact Linae Ishii-Devine or Student Services.