Commencement Ceremony 2016The 72nd Mitchell College Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live here on May 14, 2016 beginning at 10:00 am. Frequently Asked Questions
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
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 mitchell.edu/Commencement 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 www.jostens.com