Saturday, May 15, 2021
9:45 am–12:00 pm Pacific
Save the date! On Saturday, May 15, 2021, Mills College will celebrate our resilient Class of 2021 with a virtual Commencement ceremony followed by in-person campus drive-thru events. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, these ceremonies will replace our traditional in-person Commencement gathering.
The virtual Mills Commencement ceremony will begin streaming at promptly at 9:45 am and end at approximately 12:00 pm. For detailed information on this year's Commencement, visit our main Commencement web page.
Mills College is pleased to welcome Alicia Garza, principal at Black Futures Lab, author of The Purpose of Power, and co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter, as this year's Commencement speaker.
Alicia believes that Black communities deserve what all communities deserve—to be powerful in every aspect of their lives. An author, political strategist, organizer, and cheeseburger enthusiast, Alicia founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. In 2018, the Black Futures Lab conducted the Black Census Project—the largest survey of Black communities in over 150 years.
Alicia is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, an international organizing project to end state violence and oppression against Black people. The Black Lives Matter Global Network now has 40 chapters in four countries. She also serves as the strategy and partnerships director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s premier voice for millions of domestic workers in the United States. Additionally, Alicia is the co-founder of Supermajority, a new home for women’s activism.
Alicia has become a powerful voice in the media and frequently contributes thoughtful opinion pieces and expert commentary on politics, race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Her work is featured in TIME, MSNBC, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Guardian, Elle, and Essence.
In addition, Alicia has received numerous accolades and recognitions, including being on the cover of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World issue (September 2020), named to TIME’s 100 Women of the Year list (March 2020), Bloomberg 50 (2020), BBC’s 100 Women 2020, Fortune's 40 Under 40, Fast Company’s Queer 50 list, Politico 50, and 3x recipient of The Root’s list of 100 African American achievers and influencers. Alicia has received the Sydney Peace Prize, Adweek Beacon Award, Glamour’s Women of the Year Award, Marie Claire’s New Guard Award, and was honored as the Community Change Agent at BET’s Black Girls Rock Awards.
To celebrate our Class of 2021 and our Class of 2020, Mills is holding in-person, drive-thru events on campus in May. The Class of 2021 Carmencement will take place in the afternoon immediately following their virtual Commencement ceremony. The Class of 2020's event will be held the next Saturday. For detailed information, visit our "Carmencement" web page.