Winter Commencement is Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 1:00 p.m.

Monterey Conference Center, Serra II Ballroom, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA (see directions). 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 December 14: https://youtu.be/8-doZy0OD34

Photos from the ceremony: go.miis.edu/gradphotosdec19 

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 was held on Thursday, October 24. A link to the recording of the entire graduate student meeting as well as the two speaker videos that we were unable to show at the meeting can be found below. Access to these recordings may require that you log on using your MIIS ID and password: 

Inclement Weather Plans

Commencement will still go on, rain or shine! The ceremony will still be held in an indoors location. Should it rain, the lineup will be moved to the Conference Center lobby area. Messages will be sent out if this should happen.

Commencement Announcements

Announcements will be available in late October (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 November 8th. Each of you will receive 5 paper announcements. If you need additional announcements, you may pick them up beginning on Novmber 11th. 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, December 2 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.