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Commencement: Photography

Professional Photographs of Individual Graduating Students
A professional photographer selected by the College takes at least three color photographs of each degree candidate during the Commencement ceremony on Holmgren Meadow, one as the candidate approaches the stage, a second on stage as the diploma is presented, and a third in front of the official Mills student banner, just after the candidate receives the diploma and is returning to their seat. In addition, several candid shots are taken before and during the ceremony. GradImages is the official photographer for Commencement.

The GradImages photographer will also take individual cap and gown photos at the Rehearsal Lunch in the Student Union, located in Rothwell Center, on Friday, May 12, from 12:00 pm–1:30 pm. Interested students should bring cap, gown, and hood to this event. Photos will be taken on a first-come first-serve basis.  

Please visit and click on the Pre-Event Registration for more info.

Audience Members Taking Photographs
Audience members taking photographs during the Commencement ceremony on Holmgren Meadow must do so from a specially marked area. This area is located at the end of the exit ramp each degree candidate will use just after receiving her/his diploma. To reach this area, move around to the left of the stage, using the side aisles and around the rear of the audience. Guests must not block the aisles during the ceremony.

College Photographers
Official College photographers will also be taking pictures from various locations to document the Commencement ceremony on Holmgren Meadow. These are the only photographers allowed to shoot photographs outside of the specially marked area. These photographs will be posted on the Mills website shortly after the event.

Important: Only authorized College photographers and the press (wearing identification badges) will be allowed in front of the stage or in the aisles during the Commencement ceremony on Holmgren Meadow.

Bent Twig Photo Session for Graduating Students and Alumnae Relatives—Art Museum Plaza, immediately following the ceremony, approximately 12:30 pm–1:45 pm, Saturday, May 13
Graduating students who have a mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, or other relative who graduated from Mills are known as Bent Twigs. After the ceremony and on your way to the Farewell Reception, come with them to this photo session and then check out the photos with our Commencement coverage in the fall issue of the alumnae magazine, Mills Quarterly.

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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: 2/5/17