A long-delayed celebration Finally, the following Saturday (May 22), the Class of 2020 was able to come onto the Mills campus for the first time since their final year at the College was interrupted and theirCommencement delayed by the pandemic. The original plan, to hold an in-person ceremony in conjunction with the Class of 2021,
Commencement, from a distance With the sounds of honking, cheering, and Indigenous drumming wafting across campus, the Mills College Class of 2021 celebrated an entirely new kind of Commencement (or CARmencement?) on Saturday, May 15. Following a virtual ceremony in the morning—the first in the College’s history—that celebrated 377 undergraduate and graduate students, Richards Gate
On March 20, Commencement festivities for the Class of 2020 were officially postponed, later announced to take place in the same timeframe as graduation for the Class of 2021. We still wanted to celebrate these newest alumnae/i as they wrapped up their time at Mills, whether they return for their official ceremony or not. The
We asked for advice from alumnae to the graduating students in the Class of 2020, and they delivered. Shorter versions of these comments were posted on the Quarterly Instagram for the departing seniors and grad students to view, prompting one to say the following: “As a senior, these truly touched my heart. Thank you alums!”
Before she ever enrolled at Mills, Lateefah Simon ’17 had helped hundreds of people escape poverty and incarceration through her work as an advocate and organizational leader. Her time on campus gave her the language and the knowledge to effect even greater systemic change.
Deep-sea explorer Sylvia Earle urges this year’s graduating class to choose a bright future for themselves—and for the planet.