Welcome to the Spring 2021 Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey Virtual Commencement!

We created a series of virtual events to celebrate the accomplishments of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies Class of 2021. 

Thank you to all who joined us for the main ceremony on Saturday, May 15 at 4:00 pm Pacific Standard Time. If you missed it, or simply want to rewatch the celebration, a recording of the event is accessible below. You will also find a copy of the program below.

Congratulations graduates!

Please share your images, celebrations, and messages of congratulations with us via Instagram using the hashtag #MIISGrad2021

MIIS Spring Commencement 2021

Celebration Kit

Enjoy this downloadable celebration kit to commemorate the occasion in your emails, texts, social media, or Zoom. You can also print, cut, and use the ready-made printable signs to decorate your home as you celebrate your virtual Commencement ceremony. 

Please share your images, celebrations, and messages of congratulations with us on Social Media using the hashtag #MIISGrad2021

Download the Celebration Kit here

To download the Zoom Backgrounds below, right click an image and choose ‘Save Image As.’ Be aware that you may have to mirror your Zoom video if the logo is backwards to correct this. 

Virtual Program Receptions

To view the schedule and details of receptions, click here

Graduate Information Sheet

An information sheet outlining important details for the ceremony can be found here

Commencement Announcements

Digital announcements to share with guests may be found here

Mandatory Graduating Student Information Meeting

A graduating student information meeting was held via Zoom on March 30th presenting details about commencement and graduating student speaker nominees presented summaries of their speeches. View recording on Panopto here


Caps and gowns are NOT required to participate in the commencement ceremony. In lieu of regalia, we encourage graduates to wear traditional cultural dress or appropriate business attire. Details surrounding regalia may be found here

Grad Gift Pickup

All graduates will receive a graduation gift. We will be hosting a special in-person pick-up day on Friday, May 14 from 10AM to 2PM that will feature an opportunity to have your photo taken with Vice President Jeff Dayton-Johnson handing you a diploma cover and additional selfie photo stations on campus. For more information, contact aarrocha@middlebury.edu

Alumni Message

As you embark on this next chapter of your life remember that the Alumni Office is here for you. If you have not done so yet, please provide us with your personal email address so we can keep you informed of MIIS alumni news and events! You can update your contact information online  at go.middlebury.edu/update.


If you have additional questions, please email rsvp@middlebury.edu