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Commencement: Announcements and Academic Regalia

Commencement Announcements

Order personalized graduation announcements, thank you cards, rings and other graduation related items from Herff Jones.

If you do not want to order personalized announcements, but still wish to send a more formal announcement, the Mills College Bookstore now has nice quality blank announcements in stock. They come with an insert that provides the date and time of Commencement.

Finally, if you prefer to send an informal information sheet about Commencement activities, you can use the "Family & Friends Commencement Invitation" found under You and Your Guests on this website.

Academic Regalia

Important: Academic regalia are required for all students who participate in the Commencement ceremony. Students cannot walk without academic regalia. Graduating students have two options for obtaining regalia: purchase from the Mills College Bookstore or borrow from the Division of Student Life Robe Bank.

Purchasing from the Bookstore
Academic regalia should be ordered online no later than March 29.  If you have questions about online orders please email Cari Smith at Herff Jones or contact by phone: 800.837.4235.

Borrowing from the Robe Bank
A limited number of gowns, hoods, and caps are available from the Division of Student Life Robe Bank at no charge. Please make your request here.

Robe Bank requests will be accepted through March 31. Please click here to make your request.  If you experience problems with this link, please email

  • Regalia are available on a first come, first served basis. 
  • There are no doctoral student regalia available at this time. Graduating doctoral students are encouraged to contribute to the Robe Bank to make this a possibility for next year's class.
  • Due to the high volume of requests, confirmation of availability will be sent within 7 business days.
  • Robe Bank regalia will be available for pickup at the Cowell Building front desk from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm, May 12 through May 14.
  • Collection bins to return or donate regalia to the Robe Bank will be available on the day of Commencement. 
  • Student accounts will be charged for regalia not returned to the Robe Bank, which may result in delay of transcripts and diploma receipt. 

Transitions: THE event for all graduating seniors

General Information
Commencement Overview
January Grads

Academic Requirements
Graduation Application
Final Examinations/Theses
Transfer Credit Deadlines
Deadline for Incompletes
Failing Last Semester Course
Conferral of Degree
Honors and Awards

Financial Requirements
Mandatory Exit Loan Counseling

Preparing to Leave
Senior Survey
Expiration of Computing Accounts
Library Deadlines
Health Insurance after Degree Completion

Preparing for the Commencement Ceremony
Academic Regalia
Student Speakers
Walking Cards

You and Your Guests
Seating Information
What to Wear
Disability Needs
Lost and Found
Photographing Commencement
Private Parties on Campus

Contact Information

College Events
Mills Hall 117
P: 510.430.2100

Last Updated: 3/3/15