Family Weekend Schedule

Friday, September 20, 2019 to Sunday, September 22, 2019

Friday | Saturday | Sunday
Accommodations & Transportation

Friday, September 20, 2019

Time Event Location
8:30 am–4:00 pm Family Weekend Check-in
Welcome to Mills campus! Upon your arrival, please check in to receive a full paper schedule, campus map, nametag, and information about Oakland. Staff will be available to answer your questions.
The "T" Intersection of Richards Road and Kapiolani Road
10:15 am–12:00 pm Convocation Ceremony
Join the Mills community for this annual celebration of the start of the academic year. Dr. Crystal Lucky—a scholar of African American literature and a pastor—will deliver the keynote address.
Littlefield Concert Hall
11:00 am–4:00 pm Visit the Mills College Art Museum
The exhibition In Plain Sight brings together artists whose work points to the invisible systems and unknowable mysteries that shape and define our lives.
Art Museum
12:00 pm–1:30 pm Community Lunch
Enjoy lunch after the ceremony with President Hillman, students, faculty, staff, alumnae, trustees, friends of the College, and Family Weekend guests. $10/person, payable by cash or card in the Tea Shop; students may use their meal plan.
Holmgren Meadow
2:00 pm–2:50 pm Dance Department: Showcase of Works in Progress
Students and new faculty perform.
Lisser Hall
2:00 pm–2:50 pm Mills College Art Museum Tour
Museum Director Stephanie Hanor will lead a tour of the exhibition In Plain Sight.
Art Museum
2:00 pm–3:50 pm Mills Community Farm Open House
Meet Farm Manager Julia Dashe and see the land at work
Mills Community Farm
3:00 pm–3:50 pm President Hillman: Civil Rights Today
This fall, Mills students will be headed to Alabama with President Hillman as part of a course she’s leading. Come hear some of her thoughts about racial justice prior to that trip..
Lucie Stern, Room 100
3:00 pm–4:20 pm Residence Hall Receptions
Members of the Class of 1969 will host receptions for current and former residents and guests at each hall for current and former residents and guests.
Various Residential Halls
3:00 pm–4:50 pm Mills Performing Arts Open House
Celebrate the launch of Mills Performing Arts, the hub of the performance community on campus, which makes resources and venues available to artists from all over—in addition to faculty and students. Take a tour of the newly renovated Lisser Hall and enjoy refreshments as you hear from staff about upcoming programming during the 2019–20 academic year.
Lisser Hall
7:00 pm–9:00 pm Mills After Dark At The Movies
A thriller of an evening awaits you with a side of wine, beer, and tasty bites among alumnae and Family Weekend guests.
Reinhardt Alumnae House
8:00 pm–10:00 pm Darius Milhaud Concert
One of Mills’ signature annual events, this concert pays tribute to the iconic composer and former Mills music professor. This year’s guest perfomer, Del Sol, will play works composed by Milhaud, Elena Kats-Chernin, Ben Johnston, and Terry Riley.
Littlefield Concert Hall

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Time Event Location
9:00 am–3:00 pm Family Weekend Check-in
Welcome to Mills campus! Upon your arrival, please check in to receive a full paper schedule, campus map, nametag, and information about Oakland. Staff will be available to answer your questions.
The "T" Intersection of Richards Road and Kapiolani Road
11:00 am–11:50 pm A Conversation with College Leaders
President Hillman and College officers share news and answer your questions about Mills today.
Lisser Hall
12:00 pm–4:00 pm Visit the Mills College Art Museum
The exhibition In Plain Sight brings together artists whose work points to the invisible systems and unknowable mysteries that shape and define our lives.
Art Museum
4:00 pm–4:50 pm Writers' Salon
Hear readings by alumnae who got their start at Mills.
Rothwell Theater
5:00 pm–7:00 pm Opening Reception: In Plain Sight
In Plain Sight brings together artists whose work points to the invisible systems and unknowable mysteries that shape and define our lives. The exhibition features the work of Kathryn Andrews (Los Angeles), castaneda/reiman (San Francisco), Dario Robleto (Houston), and Weston Teruya (San Francisco).
Rothwell Theater

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Time Event Location
9:00 am–11:00 am Pine Top Fun Run
Meet at the soccer field for a 30-minute Warm You Up program before running the two-mile Pine Top Trail. Cross-country alumnae, current team members, and families are welcome. RSVP to Head Coach Ivory Veale at iveale@mills.edu.
Meet at Soccer Field
9:30 am–11:30 am Family and Alumnae Swim Meet
After warm-ups, we will swim relays with a mix of current team members, alumnae, and Family Weekend attendees at the Trefethen Aquatic Center. As long as you can swim across the pool, you can participate! RSVP to Head Coach Neil Virtue at nvirtue@mills.edu.
Trefethen Aquatic Center
10:00 am–12:00 pm Alumnae Volleyball Match
Former Mills volleyball players compete against the current team in the Haas Pavilion Gymnasium while others are welcome to cheer them on. Email Head Coach Jack Cowden jcowden@mills.edu to RSVP for match play.
Haas Pavillion
10:00 am–12:00 pm Mills Community Doubles Tennis Tournament
Alumnae, parents, and current team members are invited to participate in a friendly doubles tournament. RSVP to Head Coach Tony Canedo at tcanedo@mills.edu.
Meyers Tennis Courts
11:00 am–12:00 pm Alumnae Soccer Match
Come play on the field and connect with other soccer players! Alumnae and students with soccer experience are welcome. RSVP to Head Coach Lilia Dosalmas at ldosalmas@mills.edu.
Soccer Field
12:00 pm–1:30 pm Cyclones Athletics Picnic Lunch
All current and former Mills student-athletes and their guests are welcome to attend this event. Tickets for alumnae/i and guests may be purchased for $15.00 general, $10.00 current students and recent graduates, $5.00 for children under 12. To RSVP and purchase tickets
President's Meadow

This schedule is subject to change. Finalized event locations will be added closer to Family Weekend.

Accommodations & Transportation

Accommodations

If you will be traveling from out of town to join us for Family Weekend, there are numerous accommodation options in Oakland and the greater East Bay Area. Several local hotels are listed here for your convenience. The College is unable to offer on-campus accommodations for Family Weekend, so please plan accordingly.

Transportation

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. For more information, please visit our directions page.

Parking is free on the Mills College campus during this Family Weekend. You do not need a parking pass to park on campus for these three days.

If you will be using public transportation to get to campus, 511.org is a resource for up-to-the-minute Bay Area traffic, transit, rideshare, and bicycling information. The bus stop IDs in front of Mills campus are 52277 and 51991.

All Family Weekend guests will receive a campus map (PDF).