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Commencement: Checklist 

November

November 21
5:30 pm Winter Celebration for New Alumnae, Reinhardt Alumnae. For all students graduating in January 2014.

November 26
Master's theses and doctoral dissertations for degrees to be conferred January 2014 (fall 2013) are due in the library.

November 28 - December 13
Students who received a Perkins Loan and/or the Mills College Loan and are completing degree requirements in the fall should complete the required exit document online via the Financial Counseling website.

Students completing degree requirements in the fall semester and who received a Federal Stafford or Federal Graduate PLUS loan, should complete the exit loan requirements online at https://www.studentloans.gov .

December

December 2
Last day to file graduation applications for undergraduate degrees to be conferred May (spring 2014) or September (summer 2014.)

Petition for candidacy due for master's or doctoral degrees to be conferred May 2014.

December 9
Students who completed their degree requirements in fall 2013 must have their student account balance paid in full.

December 18
For students completing degree requirements in the fall, all library material is due back at the Library.

11:30 am Final meal at Founders Commons for students living in the residence halls.

12:00 pm Residence Halls close.

12:00 pm Computing labs close. 

12:00 pm Students completing degree requirements in the fall and living in the Courtyard Townhouses, Ross House, Larsen House, or Prospect Hill must vacate their residences.

December 22
Students completing degree requirements in the fall and living on campus must have storage containers picked up by Delivery Companies before 5:00 pm.

December 31
12:00 pm Students completing degree requirements in the fall and living in the Underwood Apartments must vacate their residences.

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January

January 2
Official graduation date for students completing degree requirements in the fall.

February

February 15
If all requirements are fulfilled at the end of the Fall semester, the degree will be recorded no later than February 15 with the graduation date of January 2.

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March

March 3
First day to record a "Shout-Out", which is a message up to 30 seconds long, to your family and friends to be played before the Commencement ceremony on May 17.

March 13
Transitions 11:30 am - 1:00 pm on Suzanne Adams Plaza. Drop by to have all your graduation questions answered in one place from various departments at this tabling event.

March 31
Deadline to order academic regalia online. Order from www.herffjones.com/college/mills.

April

April 1
First day to reserve an on-campus after-Commencement party location. Only outdoor locations are available. 

April 4
5:00 pm Seniors interested in giving the undergraduate speech at Commencement should send the text of their speech, which should be no longer than three minutes, to lengelken@mills.edu. The speech must be typed, double-spaced, in Word format, and include name, student ID, degree program, and  telephone number.

April 15
Nominations and self-nominations for the Graduate Speaker at Commencement 2014 are due.  The speech, which should be no longer than three minutes, must be typed, double-spaced, in Word format, and include name, student ID, degree program, and  telephone number.Submit the speech proposal to provost@mills.edu.

April 18
Master’s theses and doctoral dissertations for degrees to be conferred May 2014 are due the library.

April 30 - May 16
Students who received a Perkins Loan and/or the Mills College Loan and are completing degree requirements in the spring should complete the required exit document online via the Financial Counseling website.

Students completing degree requirements in the spring semester and who received a Federal Stafford or Federal Graduate PLUS loan, should complete the exit loan requirements online at https://www.studentloans.gov.

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May

May 1 - 16
Academic regalia ordered online is available for pick up from the Mills College Bookstore.

Students who did not order regalia online may purchase academic regalia from the Mills College Bookstore.

May 2
Deadline for making arrangements for disabled guests for Commencement. Contact Katelyn Ricks in the College Events Office via email events@mills.edu.  Please include your name, contact information, type of disability, and number of guests who require special arrangements. Special arrangements are not confirmed until she has responded to your request.

Deadline for reserving after-commencement on-campus private party sites. Note locations and instructions on this website and if you have additional questions, contact Sandy Vavak in the College events office at conference@mills.edu.

May 7
Students who complete their degree requirements in the spring must have their student account balance paid in full.

May 14
Deadline to record your Shout-Out message.

May 16
12:00 pm Rehearsal Lunch for all graduating students who participate in Commencement rehearsal - Rothwell Center Student Union.

2:00 pm Mandatory Commencement rehearsal—Lisser Theatre.

4:30 pm Baccalaureate—Chapel

May 17
This is your graduation date if all requirements are fulfilled at the end of Spring 2014 semester. Your degree will be recorded no later than July 15.

9:00 am Candidates line up to march—Mills Oval

9:45 am Commencement Ceremony—Holmgren Meadow

12:30 pm (start time approximate)–1:30 pm Champagne & Strawberry Reception—Art Museum Meadow

May 18
10:30 am Final meal in Founders for students graduating in May 2014.

12:00 pm Computing labs close. Students completing degree requirements in the fall or spring need to save their data from the campus file servers (i.e. MyFiles) by this time.

12:00 pm Residence Halls close. All students must vacate at this time.

12:00 pm Students completing degree requirements in the spring and living in the Courtyard Townhouses, Ross House, Larsen House, or Prospect Hill must vacate their residences.

June

June 15
12:00 pm Students completing degree requirements in the fall and living in the Underwood Apartments must vacate their residences.

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Updates
Important Updates

General Information
Commencement Overview
January Grads
Weekend Activity Schedule
Checklist

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

Financial Requirements
Financial Obligations
Mandatory Exit Loan Counseling

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

Preparing for the Commencement Ceremony
Announcements
Academic Regalia
Student Speakers
Rehearsal
Walking Cards

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

Contact Information

College Events
Sage Hall 129
P: 510.430.3230
E: events@mills.edu
F: 510.430.3244

Last Updated: 3/10/14