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Commencement: Important Updates and Special Announcements

Transitions, an event for all graduating students, will be held on Suzanne Adams plaza in Rothwell Center on Thursday, March 13. Representative from various deparments will be at tables ready to answer your questions about graduation as well as options for after graduation. Stop by anytime between 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Rain plan: Rothwell Center, Student Union.

Beginning Monday, March 3 through Wednesday, May 14, you can record your Shout-Out, a message of thanks to family, friends, professors, etc. Your message can be up to 30 seconds long and will be broadcast to the audience on Holmgren Meadow prior to the Commencement ceremony on May 17. To record, drop by the Audio-Visual Offices, Fine Arts Annex 113 anytime Mondays - Thursdays 9:00 am - 4:30 pm or Fridays 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

For those who cannot attend Commencement in person, we offer a live streaming webcast of the full ceremony beginning at 9:45 am. Visit for additional information and webcast viewing tips. Video playback of the full ceremony and video clips of the speeches will be viewable online shortly after the Commencement ceremony has concluded.

Please note that seating tickets are not required for the Commencement ceremony and there is no limit on the number of guests graduating students may invite. Families may sit in any open seating area. Ushers will be on hand to direct and assist our guests. For more details, read the You and Your Guests section of this website.

Remember, a crowd of nearly 3,500 is anticipated for this event. Please allow plenty of time for parking. Extra officers will be on hand to direct traffic and many areas that are not traditionally parking areas will be temporarily converted. Shuttles and golf carts will go back and forth between these areas and Holmgren Meadow for guest convenience.

In the unlikely event of emergency, listen to the announcer for instructions and note your seating location. Security staff will be wearing yellow vests and will direct you using ramps and walkways, as needed. Please follow the directives of security staff, police, and medical personnel. In addition, paramedics will be stationed with an ambulance near the front of the Natural Sciences Building, which is behind the seating area.

Although Mills College does not anticipate any security problems during Commencement, we are constantly monitoring the events to protect the safety and security of our guests. Please observe the following restrictions for all Commencement activities on the Mills College campus.

No firearms, knives, explosives, fireworks, or other weapons

No large signs, flags, poles, banners, or laser pointers

No sharp and/or pointed objects (scissors, knitting needles, box cutters, etc.)

No air horns

No alcohol of any kind

Umbrellas discouraged

All Commencement venues have the authority to prohibit any other items deemed to be a security risk.

These policies are subject to change without notice.

Adulting: Preparing for Life After Mills...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 129
P: 510.430.2145

Last Updated: 1/30/15