Spring Commencement is Saturday, May 16, 2020, 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.

Live steam of the ceremony available at 1:00PM on May 16: Link coming soon

Photos from the ceremony: Link will be posted here

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 2020 spring graduating students will be held on Thursday, March 12. A link to the Zoom recording of the entire graduate student meeting will be made available. 

Inclement Weather Plans

Commencement will still go on, rain or shine! The ceremony will still be held at the lawn at Colton Hall outside. 

Commencement Announcements

Announcements will be available in early 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 10th. Each of you will receive 5 paper announcements. If you need additional announcements, you may pick them up beginning on April 13th. An electronic version may be found 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 Monday, May 4 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.