2018 Mills College Commencement
Saturday, May 12, 2018
9:45 am–12:00 pm
The 130th Commencement at Mills College will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018. 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 Art Museum Meadow, will follow the Commencement ceremony.
A DVD of the 2018 Commencement ceremony will be available for purchase.
This year’s speaker is Jayashri Srikantiah, founding director of Stanford Law School’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. Professor Srikantiah has represented scores of immigrants facing removal from the United States, with a focus on representing immigrants with past criminal convictions. She has conducted impact litigation, community outreach, public education, and policy advocacy in partnership with a broad range of immigration nonprofits; and has litigated numerous cases in the immigration courts, the federal district courts, the federal courts of appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Professor Srikantiah is a frequent speaker on various immigration topics, including comprehensive immigration reform, the constitutional rights of immigrants, and immigration detention. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including California Lawyer’s 2014 Attorney of the Year, SIREN’s 2017 Legal Advocate of the Year, and the 2017 Carol Weiss King Award from the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.
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