Commencement Ceremony 2019

The 75th Mitchell College Commencement Ceremony | May 11, 2019
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Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 10:00 am
Commencement 2019, College Green

Events Leading Up to Commencement

Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 11:00am-1:30pm

Grad Fair, Clarke Center

Candidates for graduation are requested attend this one-stop “shop” to finalize their business with College departments before graduation. Students will be able to check if they have met graduation requirements, take the Graduate Exit Survey, pick up parting gifts and say personal goodbyes. This is also the time for students to pick up their gowns, hoods and Commencement tickets. Contact Amy Van Oot at with any questions.

Friday, May 3 - Friday, May 10, 2019

Grad Week

Grad Week takes place the week prior to Commencement (final schedule and location to be determined). Candidates for graduation who are interested in helping to plan Grad Week may email Amy Bilezikian at

Friday, May 10, 2019 | 11:00 am

Commencement Rehearsal, College Green

Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 8:30 am

Class Photo, Duquès Center steps

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 20% on any order of $50 or more. Click here to preregister with GradImages.
Official video of ceremony: Commencement is streamed, but DVDs are not available for purchase.


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Frequently Asked Questions


How long is the Commencement ceremony?

The ceremony is approximately two hours. Following the ceremony, graduates, families, faculty, staff and the Commencement speaker are invited to a special reception in Clarke Center.

Where is it held?

The Commencement ceremony will be held on the College Green.

What if it rains?

The Commencement ceremony will be held rain or shine under the large tent on the College Green.

How do I request special accommodations?

To make arrangements for guests with special needs, please contact Antaya Lee at or 860-701-5790. Please make your requests by April 30, 2019. Requests made after April 30 cannot be guaranteed but a good faith effort to accommodate late requests will be made.

Will the ceremony be streamed?

The 75th Mitchell College Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live at on May 11, 2019 beginning at 10:00 am.

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 the guaranteed seating area 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. Seats in the guaranteed seating area may not be saved prior to the arrival of the ticket holders. Please look for an usher in a red Mitchell polo for assistance or to answer questions on the day of the event.

What about parking?

Parking is available in campus lots by Henry Hall on Pequot Avenue and at the corner of De Biasi Drive 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.

How do I order a class ring?

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

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