Mills College Convocation 2020 Webcast

Oakland, CA—October 2, 2020

Each year, Mills College marks the beginning of a new academic year with Convocation, where students, alumnae/i, faculty, and friends of the College gather to celebrate the graduating class and recognize the accomplishments of faculty and students. 

Convocation 2020, however, was unlike any other: It was the College’s first-ever fully virtual, crowd-sourced Convocation, with attendees Zooming in from across the country. This co-created Convocation features video submissions from students on the themes of coronavirus, climate change, and Black futurism. Produced distantly and digitally in a live broadcast, this year’s event provided students with a forum to inspire the Mills community with their testimony, talent, and vision for a radically alternative future.

Convocation 2020 Program

  • Introduction, Mills President Elizabeth L. Hillman (0:00–1:38)

  • Opening Blessing, Hiwa and Napua Greig (1:39–4:54)

  • Opening Remarks, President Hillman (4:55–8:45)

  • Welcome, Katie Sanborn ’83, Chair of the Mills College Board of Trustees (8:46–11:42)

  • Remarks from Viji Nakka-Cammauf, MA ’82, President of the Alumnae Association of Mills College (11:43–17:14)

  • "This is not a poem," a poetry reading by Reilly Hearst ’21 (17:15–20:50)

  • Undergraduate Student Address, Dylyn Turner-Keener ’21, President of the Associated Students of Mills College (20:51–27:27)

  • Graduate Student Address, Sophie Stauffer ’21 (27:28–30:50)

  • Student Honors presented by President Hillman (30:51–34:41)
  • "For Those That Rape and Colonize," a poetry reading by Jessica Hairston (34:42–38:54)
  • Faculty Honors, Awards, and Ranked Faculty Recognition presented by Chinyere Oparah, Mills College Provost and Dean of the Faculty (38:55–45:31)
  • "Pause for Love’s Sake,” a poetry reading by Sara Lahey (45:32–48:27)
  • Closing Blessing, Reverend Dara Olandt, Mills College Chaplain and Director of Spiritual and Religious Life (48:28–52:11)
  • “Fires of Wisdom,” the Mills College hymn, performed by the Mills College Choir and directed by Rita Lilly (52:12–55:23)
  • Closing Remarks, President Hillman (55:24–56:15)