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Commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2014! 

Mills College CommencementThe 126th Commencement at Mills College will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014. With this ceremony the College recognizes the achievements of its students and confers upon them the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of a Mills degree. The dignity and customs of this historic ceremony are rooted in medieval times, when colleges and universities developed methods and standards for marking progress in knowledge and professionalism.

In keeping with this tradition, the Mills Commencement ceremony will begin on Holmgren Meadow promptly at 9:45 am and end at approximately 12:00 pm, with an academic procession of Mills graduating students, alumnae/i, faculty, Trustees, the President's Cabinet, and honored guests. The program will include remarks by President Alecia A. DeCoudreaux, the Commencement address, student speakers, and the conferring of degrees.

The traditional strawberry and champagne reception for graduating students, alumnae/i, faculty, and guests, held on the Art Museum Meadow, will follow the Commencement ceremony.

Commencement Keynote Speaker

Daljit BainsThis year's Commencement address will be delivered by Mills alumna Daljit Bains '99. Ms. Bains is the director of compliance for the Peace Corps and is responsible for the management and global compliance of Peace Corps programs for 65 different countries.

Ms. Bains also founded a fair trade textile business that provides a living wage to hundreds of weavers in the handicraft and handloom sector of rural India. She has worked with this group to help them develop quality standards and marketing programs to meet the requirements of North American markets.

General Information

Each year, the Commencement organizing committee, acting in an advisory capacity to the President, plans this academic ceremony to maintain the traditions of the College and ensure that everything runs smoothly at this most important event of the College year.

NOTE: Comments or questions regarding Commencement may be addressed to Linda Northcott unless you previously have been directed to another Mills contact.

Linda Northcott, Director of College Events
Mills College Events Office, Sage Hall 124
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
510.430.2100
lln@mills.edu

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: 4/8/14