Commencement Ceremony 2017

The 73rd Mitchell College Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live here on May 13, 2017 beginning at 10:00 am. Frequently Asked Questions
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Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 12 11:00 am
Commencement Rehearsal, College Green

Saturday, May 13 8:30 am
Class Photo, Duquès Center steps

Saturday, May 13 10:00 am
Commencement 2017, College Green

Commencement Speaker: Tatyana McFadden

Tatyana McFadden is considered the fastest woman in the world, with 17 Paralympic medals (including seven gold medals), 18 world major marathon wins including four consecutive Grand Slams (first place in Boston, Chicago, NYC and London marathons in the same year) and has broken five world records in track and field. In addition to her athletic achievements, her accomplishments include:

  • “30 Under 30” Class Of 2017 by Forbes magazine.
  • Best Female Athlete of the 2016 Paralympic Games, United States Olympic Committee
  • Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award, 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro for athlete who has performed at an outstanding level and overcome adversity and best exemplifies sportsmanship
  • ESPY Best Female Athlete with a Disability, 2016.
  • Female Paralympic Athlete of the Year, United States Olympic Committee, 2015
  • Wilma Rudolph Courage Award, Women’s Sports Foundation, 2015.
  • Juan Antonio Samaranch Disabled Athlete Award, International Olympic Committee, 2015.
  • Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability, Laureus Foundation, 2015
  • Female Athlete of the Month, November 2013, March 2014, November 2014 and April 2015, United States Olympic Committee
  • Para-Athlete of the Year, USA Track and Field, 2014

There are very few athletes in history who have achieved so much under such unique circumstances. Born with spina bifida, Tatyana McFadden spent the first six years of her life in a Russian orphanage with virtually nothing, not even a wheelchair. Paralyzed from the waist down, and with no other way to move, she learned to walk on her hands simply to keep up with the other children. Little did she know that the powerful arms and hands she began to develop as a small child would someday carry her around the globe as one of the world’s greatest athletes.

In 1993, Deborah McFadden, then Commissioner of Disabilities for the U.S. Department of Health, came upon Tatyana while visiting her orphanage on an otherwise routine business trip. She felt a connection that they were meant to be together. Deborah adopted Tatyana, brought her to the United States and gave her both a wheelchair and a new start on life.

Adjusting to her new home was not easy. Her lack of nutrition and proper healthcare in the orphanage made her weak and sickly. She enrolled in various sports groups in hopes that it would build her strength. Tatyana tried every sport she could find; wheelchair basketball, swimming, ice hockey, and even scuba diving. From the start she fell in love with wheelchair racing—a sport in which her powerful arms immediately brought success. And so it began, Tatyana’s extraordinary life as an athlete.

In 2004, at the age of 15, Tatyana made her Paralympic debut in Athens. She was the youngest member of Team USA. She returned from Greece with her first two medals and a hunger to become the best. Two years later she won gold at the World Championships and set a new World Record in the 100-meter event.

At the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, at the age of 19 and still in the infancy of her athletic career, she earned four more medals. In London, in 2012, she added another four medals including three gold. One year later, at the 2013 World Championships, she became the first athlete in history to win six gold medals at the same competition.

Currently, she holds 17 Paralympic medals (seven gold, seven silver, and three bronze, including one from the 2014 Winter Paralympics for cross-country skiing) and 17 World Track and Field Championship medals (twelve gold, one silver, and one bronze).

Tatyana challenged herself with the professional marathon circuit in 2009, coming in first place in the Chicago Marathon. In 2013 she became the first man or woman, able-bodied or disabled, to win the Grand Slam (four World Major Marathons in the same year). In 2014, 2015 and 2016 she repeated her wins of all four major marathons for an unprecedented four years in a row.

Tatyana is now pursuing her graduate degree in Education at University of Illinois, having finished her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies there. When she isn’t racing or studying, she works encouraging all youth as a national advocate for healthy lifestyle through sports and nutrition and is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts.

She is also actively involved in advancing the rights of people with disabilities. McFadden’s efforts are credited for the passage of the Maryland Fitness and Athletics Equity for Students with Disabilities Act, requiring schools to give students with disabilities the opportunity to compete in interscholastic athletics, as well as federal legislation that ensures students with disabilities across the USA have equal access.

Tatyana regularly speaks about her experiences as a person with disability, an orphan and being an elite athlete. She has appeared on The Ellen Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Piers Morgan Live.

Learn more about Tatyana at http://tatyanamcfadden.com.

EVENTS
Apr
29
Sat
Godspell @ Mitchell College
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm

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Tickets available at the door or by contacting Donna Ogle 860-701-5433 or ogle_d@mitchell.edu.

Red Barn Raising @ Mitchell College
Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Red Barn Raising

Join us for this charming “country chic” event which will mark the final phase of the Red Barn Reimagined Campaign to raise funds for the restoration and renovation of the barn into a vibrant and flexible student and community space. Tickets are advance-purchase only at http://mitchell.edu/red-barn-raising.

Godspell @ Mitchell College
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm

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Tickets available at the door or by contacting Donna Ogle 860-701-5433, ogle_d@mitchell.edu.

Apr
30
Sun
Dove Self-Esteem Workshop for Girls @ Mitchell College Nathan Hale Hall
Apr 30 @ 10:30 am

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On Sunday, April 30, students in the Mitchell College Behavioral Sciences Club and Psychology of Women class will present the 9th annual Dove Self-Esteem Workshop for girls and their adult female mentors.The ninety-minute program begins at 10:30 a.m. on the first level of the Nathan Hale classroom building and is designed to promote self-esteem in girls partly through educating girls about a wider definition of beauty. The curriculum is provided by the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, and the workshop will be led by current Mitchell College students. For more information see event posting here.

QUESTIONS?

800-443-2811 admissions@mitchell.edu Text questions to: 860-910-1052.

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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 www.gradimages.com. 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 giservice@gradimages.net. 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 mitchell.edu/commencement on May 13 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 mitchell.edu/commencement.
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 12.
  • Quality Inn, Mystic – 860-572-8531.  Special Rate – mention Mitchell College Graduation when making your reservation before April 12.
  • Days Inn, Niantic – 860-739-3951.  Special Rate – mention Mitchell College Graduation when making your reservation by April 11.

Dining

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 or Mystic Country.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How long is the Commencement ceremony?

The ceremony is approximately 2 hours.
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Where is it held?

The Commencement ceremony will be held on the College Green.
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How do I request special accommodations?

To make arrangements for guests with special needs, please contact Antaya Lee, 860-701-5790 or lee_a@mitchell.edu.
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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 under the tent which can be accessed until 10:00 a.m. when the Commencement Procession begins. Any guests beyond the four ticket holders 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.
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Will the ceremony be streamed?

The 73rd Mitchell College Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live at mitchell.edu/Commencement on May 13, 2017 beginning at 10:00 am.
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What about parking?

Parking is available in campus lots by Henry Hall on Pequot and at the corner of De Biasi and Montauk Avenue. 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.
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How do I order a class ring?

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

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Is the College Bookstore open on Commencement Day?

The Bookstore  located in Yarnall Athletic Center will be open from 8am-2pm, and the Bookstore will also be selling Mitchell gear and keepsakes under a tent on the College Green before and after Commencement from 8:30am -1:30pm.
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Where can I order customized gifts?

The Bookstore offers gifts and diploma frames. Graduates can order diploma frames and graduation announcements online at the Bookstore website.

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