In light of the current COVID-19 situation and guidance issued by the public-health authorities, our Spring Commencement exercise will be celebrated online at the close of this academic year. A series of virtual celebrations will culminate in our online Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 15, 2021.
The Middlebury Institute is planning a return to primarily in-person instruction starting in the fall of 2021. As we look forward to vaccines becoming more readily available, we also realize that there will be many variables in the fight against this global pandemic that we can neither predict nor control. With that in mind, we are preparing for several scenarios that balance remote and on-site activities––all of which will allow students to return to campus for a meaningful in-person educational experience.
Even as we welcome students to our first-ever fully remote semester, with all of the preparation and adaptation that change has required, many of you are now dealing with the direct consequences of major fires now raging in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, and elsewhere in the state.