Parking & Transportation

Parking Information

Commencement parking is available on campus on a first-come, first-served basis for graduating students and their guests. As you make your Commencement plans, please allow extra time on the day of the ceremony for navigating local traffic, locating parking for your vehicle, and walking to Holmgren Meadow, where the ceremony is held. We recommend allowing an additional hour of time for your commute to campus and parking.

  • Two gates will be open to entering and exiting traffic—our main gate on MacArthur Blvd. and the Wetmore Gate on Seminary Ave.
  • Extra Mills public safety officers will be on hand to direct on-campus traffic.
  • Many areas that are not traditionally open for parking will be converted temporarily into parking lots to accommodate the large number of vehicles on campus.
  • A shuttle service and golf carts will run between all campus parking lots and the student/guest drop‐off area by F. W. Olin Library, adjacent to Holmgren Meadow.

The parking lots nearest to the Oval are reserved for VIP guests only and will not be open to the general public until after 10:00 am. Towing in these lots will be enforced from 7:00 am until 10:00 am. Additionally, public safety officers will restrict through-traffic on Kapiolani and Richards Road immediately following Commencement.

Please give yourself extra commuting time, drive safely, and be patient so you can enjoy the day you've been working toward for so long.

Complimentary Shuttle & Cart Service

Approximately every 10 minutes between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm, our complimentary shuttle bus and golf cart service will be transporting guests from campus parking lots to the F. W. Olin Library drop-off area. Shuttle pickup/drop-off stops will be designated by signs. Mills carts are not allowed to drive off campus.

For guests without wheelchairs but with mobility concerns, a cart will be dedicated to transporting guests from the library drop-off point to Holmgren Meadow.

Any guests intending to use the shuttle bus or cart services should allow extra time to reach the ceremony site before the start of Commencement.

Accessible Parking

Vehicles displaying the official California state/Mills ADA placards will be directed to designated accessible parking at the Lisser, Pine Top/Post Road, and Upper CPM lots. Mills carts will run between these lots and Holmgren Meadow.

Accessible Drop-off Locations

Vehicles not displaying the official placard but delivering guests with a mobility issue, should check in with the public safety officer at the main entrance gate. Drop-off areas will be available in the following locations:

  • T-Intersection (Kapiolani and Richards Road)
  • The Oval (after 10:00 am)

Transportation Information

Ride Sharing & Taxis

If you plan on using Lyft, Uber, another ride share company, or a cab, the location address to use is 5000 MacArthur Blvd, not 'Mills College'. A drop-off and pick-up location has been designated just past the public safety kiosk after entering the campus through the main gate. Your driver will be directed to this designated location upon entering the Main Gate. This area is designed for safety, efficiency, and improved traffic flow in and out of campus.

Public Transportation

For Bay Area public transit information, including buses and BART, please visit 511.org.