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2017 Mills College Commencement
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Mills College—Holmgren Meadow
9:45 am–12:00 pm

Congratulations to the Class of 2017! 

Mills College CommencementThe 129th Commencement at Mills College will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017. 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/i, faculty, Trustees, the President's Cabinet, and honored guests. The program will include remarks by President Elizabeth L. Hillman; an address to the Class of 2017 by civil rights advocate, MacArthur Fellow, and president of the Akonadi Foundation, Lateefah Simon; student speakers; and the conferring of degrees.

The traditional farewell reception for graduating students, family, alumnae/i, faculty, and guests, will be held on the Mills College Art Museum Meadow immediately following the Commencement ceremony.

Commencement Webcast & Social Media

For those who cannot attend Commencement in person, the College will have a live-streaming webcast of the full ceremony beginning at 9:45 am on Saturday, May 13. Visit for additional information and webcast viewing tips. On Saturday morning, go to the Mills homepage and click on the Commencement webcast badge to be taken directly to the webcast viewing page.

A DVD of the 2017 Commencement ceremony will be made available for purchase

The College will live-Tweet the Commencement ceremony on the official Mills College Twitter account and will also be posting to the official Mills Facebook and Instagram accounts throughout Commencement weekend.

We invite the Mills community to join in the conversation by tagging your congratulatory messages and photos with the hashtag #MillsGrads2017. We may share your post publicly on the Mills social media accounts!

NOTE: Comments or questions regarding Commencement may be addressed to Annie Labe unless you previously have been directed to another Mills contact.

Annie Labe
Director of College Events
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613

NEW: Live Webcast & Social Media Information

General Information
Commencement Overview
January Grads
Weekend Activity Schedule

Academic Requirements
Graduation Application
Final Examinations/Theses
Transfer Credit Deadlines
Deadline for Incompletes
Failing Last Semester Course
Conferral of Degree
Honors and Awards

Financial Requirements
Mandatory Exit Loan Counseling

Preparing to Leave
Senior Survey
Expiration of Computing Accounts
Library Deadlines
Health Insurance after Degree Completion

Preparing for the Commencement Ceremony
Academic Regalia
Student Speakers
Walking Cards

You and Your Guests
Weekend Meal Service
Seating Information
What to Wear
Accessability Needs
Safety & Transportation
Lost and Found
Photographing Commencement
Commencement DVD
Private Parties on Campus
Family and Friends Invitation

Contact Information

College Events
Sage Hall 125
P: 510.430.2145

Last Updated: 6/9/17