Mills College Virtual Commencement 2021 Broadcast

Oakland, CA—May 15, 2021

Congratulations to our resilient, unstoppable Class of 2021! At our 133rd Commencement, Mills College recognized the achievements of our students and conferred upon them the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of a Mills degree.

Addressing the Class of 2021 at our first-ever fully virtual Commencement ceremony were Mills President Elizabeth L. Hillman; Chair of the Board of Trustees Katie Sanborn ’83; Provost and Dean of the Faculty Chinyere Oparah; senior student speaker Jessica Greely ’21; and this year's Commencement speaker, Alicia Garza, principal at Black Futures Lab, author of The Purpose of Power, and co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter.

The ceremony begins at the 16:18 mark. Time codes for the full program are listed on this page below the video.

Commencement 2021 Program

  • 16:18 – Invocation and Land Acknowledgement
  • 22:29 – Chair of the Board of Trustees' Welcome
  • 24:26 – President's Welcome
  • 29:50 – Senior Student Speaker
  • 36:12 – Introduction of Commencement Speaker and Commencement Address by Alicia Garza
  • 48:26 – College-Wide Awards
  • 58:23 – Conferring of Degrees
  • 59:26 – Graduate degrees, credentials, and certificates
  • 1:12:55 – Undergraduate degrees and certificates
  • 1:26:22 – Provost's Charge to Students
  • 1:38:56 – Blessing
  • 1:40:04 – College Hymn–“Fires of Wisdom”

Class of 2021 Spotify Playlist

We asked for the songs you'd want to hear, and you definitely answered! Make this beautifully eclectic and empowering playlist the soundtrack to your Commencement memories.

Class of 2021 Playlist