These online events recognize our 2020 academic awards recipients and celebrate our graduating students. The celebrations do not replace Commencement, which has been postponed due to the global coronavirus pandemic. All Mills graduating students have been provided with a link to their department or division event through email. This link can be shared with family and friends who wish to join their graduate for their virtual celebration.
To Be Announced (Postponed due to state-mandated shelter-in-place order)
9:45 am–12:00 pm
With deep regret for our graduating students and families, we have had to postpone our 132nd Commencement at Mills College due to the coronavirus pandemic. 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.
Mills College is pleased to welcome Oakland-based organizer, writer, public speaker, and co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, Alicia Garza, as this year's Commencement speaker. Ms. Garza is the co-founder of Supermajority, a new home for women’s activism, and the founder of the Black Futures Lab, launched to engage Black communities in politics and make their voices more powerful. Ms. Garza currently serves as the strategy and partnerships director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, an advocacy organization advancing rights and labor protections for domestic workers in the United States. She has received numerous recognitions for her work, including being named on The Root's 2016 list of 100 African American achievers and influencers, the 2016 Glamour Women of the Year Award, the 2016 Marie Claire New Guard Award, and as a Community Change Agent at the 2016 BET's Black Girls Rock Awards.
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Mills is located immediately off of Highway 580 in Oakland at the junction of 580 (MacArthur Freeway) and Highway 13 (Warren Freeway), approximately seven miles from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
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