Saturday, May 15, 2021
9:45 am–12:00 pm Pacific
Save the date! On Saturday, May 15, 2021, Mills College will celebrate our resilient Class of 2021 with a virtual Commencement ceremony followed by in-person campus drive-thru events. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, these ceremonies will replace our traditional in-person Commencement gathering.
At our 133rd Commencement, the College will recognize the achievements of our students and confer 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 virtual Mills Commencement ceremony will begin streaming at promptly at 9:45 am and end at approximately 12:00 pm. Addressing the Class of 2021 will be President Elizabeth L. Hillman, Chair of the Board of Trustees Katie Sanborn, and Provost and Dean of the Faculty Chinyere Oparah.
Each graduate will have the opportunity to create a personalized "roll call" page that will appear with your name and degree when you are announced during the ceremony. Your professors, classmates, family, and friends will be able to send you celebratory messages and congratulations via a shared "virtual wall" showcasing photos and greetings for our graduates. The traditional farewell reception for the Class of 2021, their family and friends, alumnae/i, faculty, and staff also will be held using this shared wall.
An in-person, drive-thru event on the Mills campus is planned for the afternoon following the Commencement ceremony. The Class of 2021 will be able to collect their diploma covers and have a professional picture taken with President Hillman and Provost Oparah. Please note that only the graduating student will be able to exit the vehicle for this quick, socially distanced photo.
Pre-registration will be required, and each graduate may only bring one car in total for themselves and their guests. Depending on the number of graduates who wish to participate, additional drive-thru events may be scheduled on additional days in order to keep the number of people on campus at a safe number.
If you are interested in participating, please complete this short questionnaire by Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
Full details for both Commencement and the drive-thru event(s) are being finalized and will be communicated in the coming weeks.
Plans for Commencement 2021 are based on current State and County guidelines. The College will pivot wherever possible to accommodate changes in restrictions in outdoor gatherings.
The 2021 Commencement ceremony will be streamed on the Mills College YouTube channel which can be viewed on mobile devices, laptop and desktop computers, and smart televisions so that you and your loved ones can watch together.
Each graduating student will be contacted directly by our virtual Commencement partner, Full Measure Education. They will provide detailed information on creating your account and customizing your roll call page.
We ask that all Class of 2021 students complete and submit the Senior Class Survey by Friday, May 14, 2021.
No, there will be no regalia sales on campus during the drive-thru event(s).
Those details are forthcoming. Check back soon.