four students holding Mills flags

Convocation Ceremony

Friday, September 28, 2018
Littlefield Concert Hall
10:15 am–11:30 am

Convocation marks the formal beginning of the new academic year. The Mills community convenes to celebrate the graduating class, honor the academic achievements of students and faculty who are receiving special awards, and recognize Mills alumnae who have returned to campus for Reunion.

The Convocation pre-celebration begins with graduating seniors and faculty donning academic regalia and gathering for a breakfast reception before proceeding to Littlefield Concert Hall.

First-year students, sophomores, and juniors join their respective classes wearing their class color. Each class is assigned one of four colors based on the year of graduation:

  • the Class of 2019 is blue
  • the Class of 2020 is purple
  • the Class of 2021 is red
  • the Class of 2022 is green

The outgoing class shares its color with the incoming class, so the tradition continues every year.

The Convocation ceremony will begin promptly at 10:15 am in the Littlefield Concert Hall. Classes normally held at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 am are cancelled for the event.

Susan StrykerThis year’s speaker is Dr. Susan Stryker, award-winning scholar and filmmaker. Dr. Stryker's historical research, theoretical writing, and creative works have shaped the cultural conversation on transgender topics since the early 1990s, and she has been executive director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco and director of the Institute of LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. She is founding co-editor of the academic journal TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly and is now developing several media projects. Her current book project, What Transpires Now, is about the uses of transgender history for the present and will be published by Farrar Straus Giroux.