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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

All graduating undergraduate and graduate students marching in the Mills College 128th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016 are required to wear regalia:

  • BA—bachelor robe, oxford cap, white and gold hood with white band
  • BS—bachelor robe, oxford cap, white and gold hood with gold band
  • Pre-Nursing Certificate—bachelor robe, no cap, no hood
  • MA—Master robe, mortarboard, white and gold hood with white band
  • MBA—Master robe, mortarboard, white and gold hood with beige band
  • MFA—Master robe, mortarboard, white and gold hood with chocolate brown band
  • MPP—Master robe, mortarboard, white and gold hood with peacock blue band
  • Pre-med Certificate—Master robe, mortarboard, black tassel, no hood
  • Credential—Master robe, mortarboard, black tassel, no hood
  • EdD—Doctoral robe, oxford cap, white and gold hood with light blue band

Options for Obtaining Regalia

Purchasing Regalia

Online orders can be placed at Herff Jones and will be accepted through March 29, 2016. If you have questions about online orders, please contact Herff Jones at 800.837.4235 or

Regalia will be available for purchase at the Bookstore beginning April 1.

Borrowing Regalia from the Robe Bank

A limited amount of regalia is available to borrow at no charge from the Division of Student Life Robe Bank.

  • Regalia is available on a first come, first served basis and requests will be accepted through March 31. Please use your Mills login at Robe Bank Spring 2016 to make your request. If you experience problems with this link, please email
  • Due to the high volume of requests, confirmation of availability will be sent within two weeks of request receipt.
  • Reserved Robe Bank regalia will be available for pickup at the Rothwell Center Monday, May 9 through Friday, May 13 at the Rothwell Center. Space negotiations are still in discussion, so a full schedule including location and times will be sent as soon as details are finalized.
  • Collection stations to return or donate regalia will be available at the Commencement ceremony at the Tea Shop steps, the Art Museum, and the intersection of Kapiolani and Richards Roads.
  • Student's accounts will be charged for regalia not returned to the Robe Bank, which may result in delay of transcripts and diploma.





Senior Send Off: THE event for all graduating seniors

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
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
Weekend Meal Service
Seating Information
What to Wear
Accessability Needs
Safety & Transportation
Lost and Found
Photographing Commencement
Commencement DVD
Private Parties on Campus
Family and Friends Invitation

Contact Information

College Events
Sage Hall 125
P: 510.430.2145

Last Updated: 9/8/16