To mitigate the potential impact of COVID-19 on the health and wellness of our community, the Middlebury Institute will host a virtual Spring Commencement.
As we all do our part to help limit the spread of COVID-19, it has become increasingly clear that our spring Commencement celebration cannot take place as planned, in-person, on Saturday, May 16. Our celebrations will instead be adapted to be a series of virtual events. We would also like to invite all members of the spring 2020 graduating class, and their families, to participate in a future ceremony of their choice. At any future ceremony in which 2020 graduates participate, they will be celebrated and recognized as members of this class.
Spring Commencement is a beloved tradition and graduates greatly value the opportunity to celebrate the culmination of their hard work 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—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.
This decision may not come as a surprise to most of you, as this is one that educational institutions around the country have unfortunately been forced to make in this year of unprecedented measures. We have established a team of staff and students from the graduating class who are already working on several innovative ideas to honor graduates and this important milestone in a meaningful and memorable way.
Check out all the details here: Virtual Commencement Webpage
Spring Commencement is Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 4:00 p.m., Pacific Time.
The ceremony will take place virtually in a Zoom webinar format. Guests will join as attendees, and faculty and graduates will join as panelists. A live stream link will also be available, embedded on a webpage. All speeches will be done live and graduates names will be announced for their degrees individually accompanied with a customized slide. Your guests from all over the world will be able to view the ceremony as it is happening. Of course, a recording will be made available post event, but we hope many from across the globe will join in celebrating your day with you!
Guests Link to Join Webinar
Graduate and Faculty Link to Join Webinar
Will be emailed directly to the graduate early in the week of May 12th
We have Chinese and Spanish interpretation available for the ceremony. Guests simply select the language they would like to hear at the bottom of their screen once they have joined the Zoom webinar.
Social Media Hashtag
Be sure to tag any of your social media posts with #MIISGrad2020 so we can share your pictures and videos!
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:
Graduating Students Meeting
A mandatory information meeting for 2020 spring graduating students was held on Thursday, March 12. Recorded meeting link: https://midd.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=efce0a56-b7ca-4029-a78b-ab7d014ec7a
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.