2019 Mills College Commencement
Saturday, May 18, 2019
9:45 am–12:00 pm
The 131st Commencement at Mills College will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019. 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, faculty, trustees, college officers, and honored guests. The program will include remarks by President Elizabeth L. Hillman, the Commencement address, student speakers, and the conferring of degrees.
The traditional farewell reception for graduating students, alumnae, faculty, and guests, held on the Moore Natural Sciences Building lawn, will follow the Commencement ceremony.
A DVD of the 2019 Commencement ceremony will be available for purchase.
Mills is proud to welcome Congresswoman Lauren Underwood as this year's Commencement speaker. Representing Illinois' 14th Congressional District, Underwood is the first woman, the first person of color, and the first millenial to represent her community in Congress. She is also the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives.
Underwood is a registered nurse who began her career in public service at the US Department of Health and Human Services where she worked to implement the Affordable Care Act. In 2014, as an Obama administration appointee, she worked on public health emergencies and disasters like the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Congresswoman Underwood now serves on a variety of congressional committees including the Future Forum, a group of young Democratic Members of Congress committed to listening to and standing up for the next generation of Americans, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the LGBT Equality Caucus. As a strong supporter of addressing the gun violence epidemic, Congresswoman Underwood is a member of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce.
Mills alumna Congresswoman Barbara Lee '73 will introduce Congresswoman Underwood at the Commencement ceremony.
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