Students must complete all requirements and at least 34 credits to receive the bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (BS) degree, or 17 credits to receive their nursing certificate. Mills College confers degrees three times per year.
Students completing the degree or certificate requirements "In Absentia" must provide the M Center with an official transcript of their completed remaining requirements. The graduation date will be that which most closely corresponds to the term in which the work was completed.
Degree Completion Options
Graduation "In Absentia"
Students must petition for "In Absentia" status by completing and submitting a Degree Completion Options Petition, which specifies when and where the credits will be completed. Payment of the "In Absentia" fee ($300) can be submitted with the petition or charged to the student's account. This non-refundable fee for "In Absentia" status will only be charged if the petition is approved. This fee is subject to change. The petition is reviewed by the Academic Standing Committee (ASC). If approved, the student's status will be changed to "In Absentia." Students may be "In Absentia" for a maximum of two years. A student who does not complete the degree or certificate within two years must apply for readmission to the College. In no case will the degree or certificate be granted unless the student has completed all requirements. "In Absentia" students are eligible to participate in Commencement.
Financial obligations to the College must be satsified for the student to be eligible to apply for in absentia status.
Reduced Tuition Program
To qualify, students must be no more than 2 credits from fulfilling all requirements to graduate including major, general education, elective and 34-credit requirements. A maximum of 2 credits may be completed through the Reduced Tuition Program. Students who have utilized the Reduced Tuition Program who wish to take additional credits beyond the 2 credit limit will be charged the regular tuition rate.
Students petition for the Reduced Tuition Program by completing the Degree Completions Options Petition. Mark the “Reduced Tuition Program” checkbox and submit the form to M Center. Please allow 10 business days for processing. The reduced tuition is $1500 per credit (maximum of 2 credits). The same policy applies to nursing students with no more than 1 remaining credit.
Students utilizing the Reduced Tuition Program will be charged regular student fees including ASMC, AC Transit, health insurance (as applicable) and Campus Comprehensive.
Students who choose the Reduced Tuition option will not be eligible to receive institutional financial aid, i.e., Mills College scholarships, grants and/or loans. Students are advised to meet with a financial aid counselor regarding eligibility for federal and/or state aid. To be considered for federal and/or state aid students typically must be enrolled at least half time and be making satisfactory academic progress for financial aid. Students also must not have exceeded the maximum number of semesters of financial aid eligibility.
Students utilizing the Reduced Tuition Program are eligible to participate in Commencement. In no case will the degree or certificate be granted unless the student has completed all requirements.
Financial obligations to the College must be satsified for the student to be eligible to apply for Reduced Tuition Program.
The Commencement ceremony, which takes place each May, includes formal conferral of the degree for students who have completed all requirements either in the summer, fall, or spring. Conferral of the degree is symblized by the awarding of the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science hood and presentation of the diploma.
Students who have completed at least 32 credits toward their bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree and who have no more than 2 credits remaining to fulfill all major and minor requirements are also eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony. This same policy applies to nursing students who have no more than 1 credit remaining. Students who wish to participate must submit a graduation application. It is expected that these students will complete their remaining requirements at Mills, either during summer or fall immediately following Commencement, or petition the ASC to complete their degree “In Absentia” provided the remaining credits are not major requirements, and the student has not already reached the transfer credit maximum.
Students enrolled in the 3+2 Engineering program are eligible to walk in Commencement if all the requirements for the Mills degree are met.
Seniors who are not eligible to participate in Commencement are encouraged to join other activities planned during the Commencement weekend. Contact the Division of Student Life for additional information.
Formal academic regalia are required of all students participating in the Commencement ceremony.
The student must notify Academic Records of non-receipt of the diploma by:
The student will need to order a replacement diploma and pay the replacement fee if notification is received later.
Diplomas are mailed to the mailing address on file. If there is no mailing address on file, the diploma is mailed to the permanent address on file. To ensure the diploma is sent to the correct address, the student must update their mailing address via the Mills Portal prior to their graduation date.
Diplomas will not be released under the following conditions:
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