A picture from the Chinese Graduation Ceremont

The ceremony for Language Schools Master of Arts & Doctor of Modern Languages degree recipients will be held Friday, August 18, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. at the Mahaney Arts Center (MAC) in Middlebury, Vermont.

Students are expected to arrive at 3:30 p.m. in order to line up for the ceremony. Commencement will be live-streamed for graduates, friends, and families who are unable to attend. Please see the live-stream link and order of ceremony.

Each graduate can have up to two guests attend the ceremony. Please pick up tickets for your guests at any point August 15 to 17 (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) on the 2nd floor of Sunderland in the Language Schools main office. An overflow room is available in the MAC for extra guests.

A reception will be held outside on the 1st floor following the ceremony.


All Language Schools MA and DML degree recipients attending in-person are required to wear traditional regalia (caps and gowns). Graduates without regalia will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony. 

MA candidates may purchase regalia at the Middlebury College bookstore from Wednesday, August 16, through Friday, August 18, at 3:00 p.m. The cost to purchase MA regalia is $50.50 (plus tax of 7%). The bookstore is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

DML candidates may purchase or rent doctoral regalia. The cost of a cap and gown rental is $36.50 (plus tax of 7%). DML candidates will be given a doctoral hood during the ceremony. To purchase (deadline is June 23), contact Sue Hebert. To rent (deadline is July 14), go to the Middlebury bookstore online and click “Graduation Items.” Select Item 2008630 and “PICKUP ORDER” (if attending in-person).