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Mitchell College 80th Commencement Ceremony 2024

Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 3, 1:30–3:30pm

Graduation Expo, Clarke Auditorium

Friday, May 10, 11:00am

Commencement Rehearsal, College Green

Saturday, May 11, 8:30am

Class Photo, Duquès Center steps

Saturday, May 11, 9:00am

Graduates Line up for Procession

Walkway beside the Tennis Courts on Montauk Avenue

Saturday, May 11, 10:00am

Commencement Ceremony, Tent on the College Green

Frequently Asked Questions

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How long is the Commencement ceremony?

The ceremony is approximately two hours.

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Where is it held?

The Commencement ceremony will be held on the College Green under a large tent.

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Where is parking available?

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.

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What if it rains?

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

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How do I request special accommodations?

To make arrangements for guests with special needs, please contact Michelle Lussier, Accessibility Services Coordinator, 860-701-5790, or email lussier_m@mitchell.edu. Please make your request by May 3.

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How many people may I invite to the 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 ticket holders will be directed to the open seating area (no tickets needed), which is available on a first-come/first-served basis and is located towards the back of the tent. The tent will open starting at 9:00 a.m. 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 sash for assistance or to answer questions on the day of the event.

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Will the ceremony be live streamed?

Yes, the Mitchell College Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live via Zoom beginning at 9:30am (ceremony starts at 10:00am). A link will be posted here a few days before the ceremony.

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Refreshments Available on Campus

The Marketplace Café will be open for Continental breakfast items, coffee and other refreshments for purchase.

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Professional Photography

Gradlmages is the official photographer for Commencement. Their photographers will take individual photographs of students as they receive their diploma and another in front of a backdrop after they have exited the stage. Candid photos will also be taken. Students will receive proofs from GradImages via email a week or two after graduation. 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 or by phone. If you have any questions please contact Gradlmages Customer Service at 800-261- 2576 or via email at ecc.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 20% on any order of $50 or more. Click here to preregister at www.gradimages.com/registration.

NOTE: The photos shown above were taken by Mitchell College’s staff photographer, Britt Barry, and are not available for purchase.

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Can I purchase flowers for a graduate?

Single stem red roses with white baby’s breath and wrapped in tulle will be available for purchase at the ceremony for $10 each (while supplies last).

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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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Where can I order customized gifts?

The online Bookstore offers apparel, gifts and diploma frames.

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Accommodations & Dining Options

Mitchell College Rental Properties

Mitchell College owns and operates several rental properties very close to campus that serve visitors to the area and help support the College financially. The College offers a direct rate when renting directly from us (no Airbnb fees, taxes, or cleaning fees). A list of our properties is below. Please let us know the name of the house and dates you are interested in and we will provide you with the rate. Once confirmed, we will reserve the vacation rental and send you the contract with payment schedule for your review and approval.

Mitchell College Rentals:

Other Options

New London and the surrounding areas are popular tourist destinations and offer many types of accomodations and activities. We recommend that you make your hotel reservation early. Below are some sites that provide travel information.

New London

Groton

Mystic

Niantic

Dining

New London has an eclectic mix of dining options, from downtown pubs to seafood on the waterfront to fine dining and ethnic fare throughout the city. For dining and sightseeing options go to Visit New London.