Welcome to Middlebury, wherever you are! We may be apart, but you can still share your students’ experiences, visit our campus virtually, and engage in our community.

Welcome from President Laurie Patton

Hello and welcome to our virtual Fall Family Weekend!

I’m Laurie Patton, president of Middlebury, and it’s my pleasure to share this exceptional place with you. Every year at Fall Family Weekend, we welcome parents to the Middlebury family and invite you to participate in activities that give you a window into your students’ experience at Middlebury. I’m sorry that we can’t welcome you to campus in person this year, but I hope that you will join us online as we bring Middlebury to you through our website.

We’re a full month into the new academic year, and so far everything has gone remarkably smoothly. That’s largely because you and your students have been so conscientious about following the quarantine rules before and after their arrival at Middlebury. The students have been wonderfully cooperative about wearing masks, physical distancing, and doing whatever it takes to make the most of this semester while keeping everyone safe. My team and I are both proud and grateful.

On this website you’ll find an array of webinars, videos, slideshows, and more—all designed to give you a sense of the Middlebury experience. I want to extend a special invitation to join me for a presidential leadership panel focused on student life and featuring A.J. Place, associate dean of students for residential life; Sujata Moorti, vice president for academic affairs; Miguel Fernández, chief diversity officer; Mark Peluso, medical director of Parton Health Service; and Barbara McCall, executive associate director of health-and-wellness education. Other special presentations include a panel discussion about the innovative ways to teach our faculty are employing this fall, a live star-gazing event coming to you from our observatory, and a student panel on internship opportunities.

This is not our typical Fall Family Weekend and not the way we had hoped to receive you. But we will be together again, and our celebration will be all the more joyful for the isolation of the past months. As we navigate these difficult times, our community and the care we take of each other is more important than ever. I’ve been inspired by our students, faculty, staff, and by you—our students’ families.

I look forward to seeing you in person when that’s possible. In the meantime, be well, take care of yourselves and your loved ones. We’re sorry you’re not here on campus this weekend, but I hope we’ll see you on these very lawns in the near future. It’s beautiful right now, and we’re thinking of you.

Three Middlebury students sit with masks on lawn and study.

Virtual Fall Family Presidential Panel

Join President Patton and members of her leadership team for a live conversation about the student experience this fall.

Friday, October 9
11:45 AM–1:00 PM

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A World of Opportunities

Even during a pandemic, our campus is a hub of student activity from morning to night. Explore some of the programs and places that make Middlebury a great community for living and learning.


Middlebury—From Above

Get a bird’s-eye view of Middlebury—the campus, the buildings, the sweeping vistas of the mountains that encircle it. This short video will take you on a tour of our beautiful landscape at the peak of fall foliage.

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Schedule at a Glance

Friday, Oct. 9
9:00 AM

Welcome from President Laurie Patton

Friday, Oct. 9
11:45 AM–1:00 PM

Virtual Fall Family Presidential Panel

Friday, Oct. 9
2:00–3:00 PM

Student Stories from Summer Internships: A Center for Careers and Internships Panel Discussion

Friday, Oct. 9
3:15–4:15 PM

Faculty Panel: Innovative Teaching and Adjusting to Fall 2020 Classes

Friday, Oct. 9
4:15–5:15 PM

Hillel Meet and Greet

Friday, Oct. 9
4:30–5:30 PM

Conversation with the Spiritual Life Center Staff

Friday, Oct. 9
4:30–6:30 PM

Conversation with Dr. Nell Irvin Painter, author of The History of White People

Friday, Oct. 9
7:30–8:45 PM

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Front Row Series with David Shifrin, Clarinet

Friday, Oct. 9
8:00–9:00 PM

Live Virtual Stargazing at Mittelman Observatory

Saturday, Oct. 10
11:30 AM– 12:30 PM

Study Abroad Information Session

Saturday, Oct. 10
5:00–6:00 PM

Lessons from the Field—What the Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster Summer Internship Experience Meant for Me

Saturday, Oct. 10
6:00–7:30 PM

Hirschfield International Film Series: Ghost Tropic

Saturday, Oct. 10
8:00–9:00 PM

Cocoon: “Downpour”

Saturday, Oct. 10
8:00 PM

“Together Apart” The 25th Annual First-Year Show

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