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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.

Academic regalia should be ordered online no later than March 31. Online orders can be picked up from the Mills College Bookstore beginning May 1. 

If you miss the March 31 deadline, purchase academic regalia directly from the Mills Colllege Bookstore beginning May 1.

Only the full set of cap, gown, and hood or cap only are available with online orders. If only part of the set is needed, purchase directly from the Mills College Bookstore beginning May 1. 

For questions regarding regalia orders, please contact the Mills College Bookstore, or 510.430.2156.

A limited number of gowns, hoods, and caps are available from the Division of Student Life Robe Bank for graduating undergraduate and graduate students who cannot afford to purchase regalia due to financial hardship. Contact the Division of Student Life,, for more information.

Students who purchase academic regalia are strongly encouraged to donate their regalia to the Robe Bank after the Commencement ceremony by placing it in the Robe Bank donation bins located near the ceremony site on Holmgren Meadow. This will not only help future students who cannot afford regalia, but will also contribute to our sustainability efforts. Students who have borrowed regalia from the Robe Bank should also return that regalia to the bins on Holmgren Meadow after the ceremony.

Academic Regalia and Cost

$30.00 Gown
$25.00 Oxford Cap
$28.00 Hood
$81.00 BA/BS Unit (gown, Oxford cap and hood)

Pre-Nursing Certificate
$30.00 Gown
(nothing worn on head and no hood)

$32.00 Gown
$  9.00 Mortarboard
$32.00 Hood 
$72.00 Master's Unit (gown, cap, and hood)

$ 42.00 Gown
$ 25.00 Oxford Cap
$ 40.00 Hood
$106.00 Doctora Unit (gown, cap, and hood)

Credential and Certificate
$32.00 Gown 
$  9.00 Mortarboard
$46.00 Credential Unit (gown, cap, and tassel)

*Doctoral Fine Quality Regalia is also available to special order from the Mills College Bookstore. Fine Quality Regalia orders must be ordered a minimum of six weeks prior to the date needed.

Note: Mills College degree candidates are hooded at Commencement, thus the tassel on the cap is not used. Souvenir tassels, in Mills colors with a Mills medallion, are available for purchase for $10.00. These tassels are for mementos only and are not meant to be worn at the graduation ceremony.

Graduates receiving only the certificate or credential (but not a degree) wear a tassel on the mortarboard because they are not hooded.

If given hoods when receiving a prior degree, Credential/certificate can wear those hoods but will not be hooded at the ceremony.

Detachable robe collars are not used for any of the programs.


Degree Hood Color Tail Length
 BA  Yes  white  short
 BS  Yes gold  short
 PNC  No  NA  NA
 MA  Yes  white  long
 MFA  Yes  brown  long
 MBA  Yes  drab  long
 MPP  Yes  peacock blue  long
 EdD  Yes  light blue  very long
 No  NA  NA


Important Updates

General Information
Commencement Overview
January Grads
Weekend Activity Schedule

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
Financial Obligations
Mandatory Exit Loan Counseling

Preparing to Leave
Senior Survey
Expiration of Computing Accounts
Library Deadlines
Health Insurance after Degree Completion
Resident Checkout
Returning Keys
Storage Units

Preparing for the Commencement Ceremony
Academic Regalia
Student Speakers
Walking Cards

You and Your Guests
Weekend Meal Service
Seating Information
What to Wear
Disability Needs
Lost and Found
Photographing Commencement
Private Parties on Campus
Family and Friends Invitation

Contact Information

College Events
Sage Hall 129
P: 510.430.3230
F: 510.430.3244

Last Updated: 2/3/14