Commencement Ceremony 2016

The 72nd Mitchell College Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live here on May 14, 2016 beginning at 10:00 am. Frequently Asked Questions
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Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 13 11:00 am
Commencement Rehearsal, College Green

Saturday, May 14 8:30 am
Class Photo, Duquès Center steps

Saturday, May 14 10:00 am
Commencement 2016, College Green

Education Speaker Series: A Positive Approach to Challenging Behavior @ Mitchell College Weller Center
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm


Presented by Mitchell College and the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center.
Families will be introduced to a new way of thinking about their children’s challenging behaviors and about the need to advocate for behavioral supports. It introduces and provides an overview of the concepts of functional behavioral assessment and positive behavior interventions.

This event is free and open to the public. To register, click here. For a directions to Mitchell College and a campus map, click here.

16th Annual Cat in the Hat Ball @ Mitchell College Clarke and Weller Centers
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at Mitchell College’s 16th Annual Cat in the Hat Ball on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Clarke and Weller Centers. Enjoy family fun with children’s games, crafts, music, and story times in English and Spanish. Presented by the Education Department, the event is open to the public and free with a donation of one new children’s book or $5 per family. Local authors including Tish Rabe, best-selling author of “The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library,” will be reading excerpts and signing books. All donated books will benefit local schools and early childcare centers. For more information, please contact the Education Department at Snow date is February 26, 2017 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Spring College Fair @ Mitchell College
Mar 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

800-443-2811 Text questions to: 860-910-1052.

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Commencement Speaker Ms.  Juanita T. James

Juanita T. James is President and CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. Formerly, she was Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for Pitney Bowes Inc. Prior to Pitney Bowes, Juanita built a progressive 20-year career in the media and entertainment industry with Time Warner, Inc. and Bertelsmann, Inc.

Ms. James is currently a Director of the Asbury Automotive Group, one of the nation’s largest automobile retailers, and previously was a Director of the Rouse Company. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, CF Leads, and the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.  In her community leadership role, she is a Corporator for First County Bank, and a Trustee of Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, where she chairs the Academic Affairs Committee, as well as a Trustee Emerita of Princeton University.

Formerly Ms. James served as a Trustee of the University of Connecticut; a Director of Reading is Fundamental (RIF), Board President of the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, a Director of Curtain Call, Inc., a Leadership Council member for the Childcare Learning Centers of Stamford, a Director of the Stamford Symphony and as Board Secretary for the Ferguson Library.  She is also an ordained elder and deacon of the First Presbyterian Church in Stamford.

Over the years, her commitment to the community has been acknowledged with numerous honors and awards including: the 2013 and 2011 NAACP “100 Most Influential Blacks in CT”, the 2012 “Excellence in Education Award” from the Stamford Public Education Foundation, the 2010 Moffly Media “Light a Fire Award”, the 2009 “Stamford Citizen of the Year”, the Southern Connecticut Urban League’s Community Service and Philanthropy Award, the Girl Scout Council of Southwestern Connecticut’s “Women of Achievement Award”, the “Distinguished Achiever Leadership Award” from the Career Communications Group, Inc. the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from the Association of Black Princeton Alumni, the “Achievement Award” from the Greater New York Chapter of Links, the YMCA “National Black Achiever in Industry Award”, the Greenwich YWCA “Brava Award” and Time Inc.’s  “Andrew Heiskell Award” for community service. In 2009, Diversity Journal named her one of the “25 Most Influential African Americans in Business.”

Ms. James holds a Master’s Degree in Business Policy from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business Program where she received the Distinguished Service Award.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Romance Languages from Princeton University.

Ms. James resides in Stamford, CT with her husband, Dudley Williams, Jr. and has one son, Dudley Williams III, a graduate of the Threshold Program at Lesley University.

Photographs / Videos

Official Photographer: GradImages™ is the official photographer for Commencement. Their photographers will take individual photographs of students as they receive their diploma and exit the stage. Several days after graduation, students will receive proofs from Grad Images via email. Proofs can also be viewed online at You will have the option of choosing from several photo packages at very reasonable prices. However, there is no obligation to purchase. Pictures may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. If you have any questions please contact GradImages Customer Service at 800-261-2576 or via email at Preregister with Grad Images — Graduates can pre-register their email or friends and family email addresses and will be contacted as soon as their photos are available for online viewing and ordering. Plus, when you preregister, you’ll save $5 off any order of $25 or more. Click here to preregister with GradImages. Taking personal photos: Guests are welcome to take photos from their seats. No one is permitted to take photos or video in the aisles or near the stage. Personal photos can be taken prior to or after the commencement ceremony. Live streaming of ceremony: Commencement will live stream at on May 14 beginning at 10:00am. Official taping of ceremony: Commencement is recorded, but DVDs are not available for purchase. A video of the ceremony will be posted several days after the event on
Taking videos: Guests are welcome to bring their own hand-held video devices that can be used from their seats. No one is permitted to take photos or video in the aisles or near the stage.

Hotel Accommodations

The following hotels in the New London area are holding blocks of rooms and/or offering special rates for Commencement weekend. Make your reservation early and directly with the hotel.

  • Hilton Garden Inn, Groton – 860-445-6800. Special Rate – mention Mitchell College Graduation when making your reservation before April 15.
  • Quality Inn, Mystic – 860-572-8531.  Special Rate – mention Mitchell College Graduation when making your reservation before April 13.
  • Days Inn, Niantic – 860-739-3951.  Special Rate – mention Mitchell College Graduation when making your reservation.


New London and the surrounding area are known for a wide range of dining options from fine dining to pubs and family restaurants. Find an extensive list of area restaurants and happenings at New London Main Street.

Frequently Asked Questions


How long is the Commencement ceremony?

Approximately 2 hours.

Where is it held?

The Commencement ceremony will be held on the College Green.

How do I request special accommodations?

To make arrangements for guests with special needs, please contact Terry Taulbee at 860-701-5177 or

How many people may I invite to the Commencement ceremony?

While you may invite as many people as you like, each student will receive four (4) tickets for guaranteed seating area which can be accessed until 10:00 a.m. when the Commencement Procession begins. Any guests beyond the four ticketholders will be directed to the open seating area (no tickets needed) which is available on a first come/first serve basis. Guests may also bring their own lawn chairs or blankets for additional seating on the Green.

Will the ceremony be streamed?

The 72nd Mitchell College Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live on at on May 14, 2016 beginning at 10:00 am.

What about parking?

Parking is available in campus lots off Pequot and Montauk Avenues. Handicapped parking is available and shuttle service on golf carts is available on a limited basis. Speak to a security officer at the Montauk Avenue Main Campus Entrance.

How do I order a class ring?

The official Mitchell College class ring can be purchased (paid in full) online at


Is the College Bookstore open on Commencement Day?

The bookstore will be selling items under a red tent before and after Commencement. A vendor selling flowers will also be on site.

Where can I order customized gifts?

The Bookstore offers personalized gifts and diploma frames. Graduates can order customized diploma frames and graduation announcements online at the Bookstore web site.

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