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Mitchell College 77th Commencement

Premieres on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 6:00pm (EDT)

Watch the Virtual Ceremony by clicking the arrow on the graphic below or watch on YouTube here.

Watch the 9:30am In-Person Celebration by clicking the arrow on the graphic below or watch on YouTube here.

Watch the 10:30am In-Person Celebration by clicking the arrow on the graphic below or watch on YouTube here.
Watch the 11:30am In-Person Celebration by clicking the arrow on the graphic below or watch on YouTube here.

Watch the 12:30pm In-Person Celebration by clicking the arrow on the graphic below or watch on YouTube here.

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Commencement, Mitchell College
Commencement, Mitchell College
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Commencement, Mitchell College
Commencement, Mitchell College
Commencement, Mitchell College
Commencement, Mitchell College
Commencement, Mitchell College
Commencement, Mitchell College
Commencement, Mitchell College
Commencement, Mitchell College
Commencement, Mitchell College
Commencement, Mitchell College
Commencement, Mitchell College
Commencement, Mitchell College

Photographs

Official Photographer: GradImages™ is the official photographer for the In-Person Commencement Celebrations. Their photographers take individual photographs of students as they receive their diploma and exit the stage. Several days after graduation, students receive proofs from Grad Images via email. Proofs may 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 ecc.giservice@gradimages.net.

Let the World Know!

Share your Commencement photos! Use #MitchellCollegeGrad and #MitchellCollege2021 and tag Mitchell College in all of your posts!

Commencement Speaker Dr. Christopher Parker

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A huge thank you to Dr. Christopher Parker for sharing his words of wisdom an congratulations as Commencement Speaker at the Virtual Ceremony on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Dr. Parker has been the president and chief executive officer of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) – the nation’s second largest athletic association – since 2017. He leads all aspects of the association and its more than 500 member colleges, with a concentration on membership growth, financial stability and organizational growth.

As national spokesperson for the NJCAA, Dr. Parker represents all regions of the organization across the country, working with other associations and potential sponsors to secure new and exciting opportunities for student-athletes and member institutions. In addition, he works closely with the board of the NJCAA, ensuring compliance with its bylaws and protecting its not-for-profit status. Dr. Parker currently serves on the board of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the United States International Federation Board.

Dr. Parker has deep experience in higher education leadership and not-for-profit management. He started the first-ever NJCAA program in the Virginia Community College System, where he served as an athletic director and head baseball coach. He also held numerous positions at Virginia’s Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC), including director of student life, dean of academics, vice president for institutional advancement, campus life, and athletics, and executive director of the PHCC Foundation and Real Estate Foundation.

Following his time at PHCC, Dr. Parker served Pfeiffer University as vice president in charge of enrollment, financial aid, marketing and public relations. While in this role, the university welcomed the largest incoming freshman class in more than 30 years. Additionally, Dr. Parker specialized in sports management, leadership and exercise as an adjunct at more than seven institutions nationally.

Ensuring students have access and encouragement to realize their fullest potential is at the heart of all that Dr. Parker does, and we are honored for him to be a part of the College’s 77th Commencement. 

Commencement, Mitchell College

Commencement, Mitchell College
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Christopher Parker will be our Commencement Speaker at the Virtual Ceremony, Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 6:00pm (EDT).

Dr. Parker has been the president and chief executive officer of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) – the nation’s second largest athletic association – since 2017. He leads all aspects of the association and its more than 500 member colleges, with a concentration on membership growth, financial stability and organizational growth.

As national spokesperson for the NJCAA, Dr. Parker represents all regions of the organization across the country, working with other associations and potential sponsors to secure new and exciting opportunities for student-athletes and member institutions. In addition, he works closely with the board of the NJCAA, ensuring compliance with its bylaws and protecting its not-for-profit status. Dr. Parker currently serves on the board of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the United States International Federation Board.

Dr. Parker has deep experience in higher education leadership and not-for-profit management. He started the first-ever NJCAA program in the Virginia Community College System, where he served as an athletic director and head baseball coach. He also held numerous positions at Virginia’s Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC), including director of student life, dean of academics, vice president for institutional advancement, campus life, and athletics, and executive director of the PHCC Foundation and Real Estate Foundation.

Following his time at PHCC, Dr. Parker served Pfeiffer University as vice president in charge of enrollment, financial aid, marketing and public relations. While in this role, the university welcomed the largest incoming freshman class in more than 30 years. Additionally, Dr. Parker specialized in sports management, leadership and exercise as an adjunct at more than seven institutions nationally.

Ensuring students have access and encouragement to realize their fullest potential is at the heart of all that Dr. Parker does, and we are honored for him to be a part of the College’s 77th Commencement. 

Q&A |  2021 Commencement! Watch for updates here.

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Will students receive caps and gowns?

For resident graduates who, by the deadline, communicated on the graduation application that they will be attending the virtual ceremony, caps and gowns will be ordered for you by the College and will be available for pick up by the student on Tuesday, April 13 from 10:30-2pm at the Graduation Fair.

For commuter/non-resident graduates who, by the deadline, communicated on the graduation application that they will be attending the virtual ceremony, caps and gowns will be mailed to you the week of April 12, 2021.

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When will students receive their diplomas?

Diplomas will be mailed to students’ homes.

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How many people may I invite to the Virtual Ceremony?

You may invite as many of your friends and family as you would like to the virtual ceremony to help you celebrate this incredible educational milestone! There is no limit on number of attendees.

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Will the Virtual Ceremony be recorded?

The Virtual 77th Mitchell College Commencement Ceremony may be viewed live on this webpage on May 8, 2021 at 6:00pm (EDT). The Virtual Ceremony will also be recorded and posted on this webpage after Commencement.

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What about Grad Week?

The Campus Life and Residence Life staff is working hard to develop meaningful events for Grad Week which will run April 29-May 7. Cost is $211 per participant and registration is open at https://mccampuslife.ticketleap.com/grad-week-2021/.

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Where can I order customized gifts?

The online Mitchell Bookstore offers gifts and diploma frames for graduates.

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How do I request accommodations for the In-Person Celebration?

To make arrangements for guests with special needs for the In-Person Celebration on May 8, please contact Antaya Lee at lee_a@mitchell.edu or 860-701-5790. Please let Antaya know the name of the person needing accommodation (s) and the specific accommodation (s) being requested. Please make these requests by April 30, 2021. Requests made after April 30 cannot be guaranteed but a good faith effort to accommodate late requests will be made.

A few words on fit.

 

"Fit” is the modern buzzword of the college search process. And frankly, rightly so. As you consider your college experience, we encourage you to look for a place that feels right. It’s also a good idea to make a list of the qualities and characteristics that make a college and you a winning combination.

 

If you are looking for a college that: 

 

  • Gets to know and understand each student as a uniquely talented individual

  • Identifies potential and encourages students in very intentional ways

  • Fosters growth in each student, giving them a foundation for life and career success

  • Is small enough to deliver on the promise of a personalized experience

  • Goes beyond “career services” and offers a progressive 4-year career development model, partnering with local businesses and nonprofits for professional experience

  • Promotes an inclusive culture that encourages students to experiment in new clubs and activities

  • Is nationally recognized for its academic support systems, from professional content tutors (not students) to proven comprehensive support for students with learning differences

  • Connects students to service opportunities that impact their world

  • Is in a location that offers access to New England’s natural places and some of America’s greatest cities

 

 

 

…Mitchell College delivers in a powerful way.

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