Drive-Thru "Carmencement"

UPDATED 5.21.21

To celebrate our Class of 2020 and our Class of 2021, Mills is holding in-person, drive-thru events on campus in May. The Class of 2021 Carmencement took place on May 15 immediately following their virtual Commencement ceremony. The Class of 2020's event will be held on Saturday, May 22, beginning at 1:00 pm PT.

About "Carmencement" | Guests & Vehicles | Health Check Forms | Photo Opportunities | "Carmencement" FAQs

A Message for the Class of 2020

While we know that Saturday's event cannot replace the experience of an in-person Commencement ceremony, we hope that it will be a special shared experience for you and the loved ones who are able to accompany you. We are pleased to present a message from Sunshine Anderson ’20, your Senior Student Speaker. We invite you to listen as you drive through campus.

What to Know About "Carmencement"

At this drive-thru event, your achievements will be celebrated as you follow a one-way route through campus. Along the way, you'll collect your diploma cover and a special swag bag for your class, and you'll have a professional picture taken with President Hillman and Provost Oparah on the Oval. Please note that only the Class of 2020 alumna/us will be able to exit the vehicle for this quick, socially distanced photo.

The entire route through campus should take approximately 20–25 minutes from start to finish. All vehicles will follow the same one-way route, and a map will be provided on the day of your event.

In order to keep the number of people on campus at a safe level, you must have signed up and reserved an arrival time in order for your vehicle to be allowed on campus. For the Class of 2020, the sign-up deadline was Wednesday, May 19. This reservation is separate from the survey you may have completed that helped us gauge how many members of the Class of 2020 were interested in a drive-thru event.

The 2020 alumna/us should bring a Mills ID or valid photo ID. For safety, sustainability, and security reasons, certain items are prohibited at the drive-thru event, including balloons, silly string, confetti (including biodegradable varieties), and alcohol. Please remember that smoking is prohibited on the Mills campus.

Guests & Vehicles

Each graduate may only bring one car in total for themselves and their guests. Your guests should be members of your immediate household (your "COVID bubble"). Since we must limit the number of people on campus for health and safety reasons, your guests may not follow in a separate vehicle, and they may not come to campus to stand along the celebration route. All members of your party must travel with you in a single vehicle and remain in the vehicle until you have reached designated parking locations for photo opportunities in and around Holmgren Meadow.

Graduating students and alumnae/i can drive themselves, but we highly recommend that you experience the drive-thru event as a passenger so you can safely focus on enjoying the celebration.

Please note that you and your guests are not required to wear masks or face coverings while in your enclosed vehicle, although you may choose to do so. Any time the vehicle's windows are rolled down or you are interacting with Mills staff or faculty (for instance, during check-in at the front gate) then masks are required.

Health Check Forms

You and each person in your vehicle must complete and pass a Mills Health Check form before being admitted onto campus. Class of 2020 graduates and their guests who completed the online Mills Guest Health Check Form will have their names on the admission list at the front gate. Anyone who did not complete the online health check form will be provided a paper one to complete before being admitted onto campus for the drive-thru event.

Photo Opportunities

In addition to the professional photo with President Hillman and Provost Oparah on the Oval, recent changes in state and county regulations have enabled Mills to open up additional, informal photo opportunities on campus. After exiting the Oval, consult the event map to identify the designated parking lots that are open on and along Post Road and Pine Top Road. Your party may park in one of those lots and exit your vehicle to take advantage of photo opportunities on Holmgren Meadow or the adjoining areas.

Please note that all members of your party must wear face coverings and follow all of the College's COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines after exiting your vehicle.

"Carmencement" Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Questions?

If you have questions that are not addressed on this page or in email communications, please contact Cynthia Jackson ’88 at or Annie Labe at We look forward to celebrating your hard work and accomplishments in May.