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Mitchell College 77th Commencement

Saturday, May 8, 2021

The health and safety of our Mitchell family – and of your family and friends – continue to be our top priority during the pandemic. With that in mind, Mitchell College’s 77th Commencement on Saturday, May 8 will include a staggered, in-person, limited-capacity, on-campus celebration, as well as a full virtual ceremony, which is open to all! Here’s what you need to know:

Events Leading Up to Commencement

April 7 | Registration Opens for In-Person Celebration

Registration Now Open!

This registration is for our graduating students ONLY. Participation the In-Person Celebration is optional. During registration, the graduate will:

  • Sign up for one of four time slots (9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm). Each time slot is first come, first served for a limited number of students. The number of time slots available, however, allows the entire class to participate in person.
  • Be able to invite up to two guests to be seated on the College Green (or in Yarnall Athletic Center, in case of rain) to cheer you on! Guests may be friends or family from outside of the College community, or friends from within the Mitchell community. You must have each guest’s full name and email address on hand in order to register a guest for the celebration. Guests may NOT register themselves.
  • Events are subject to change.
Tuesday, April 13 | Graduation Fair

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Who: Seniors
When:
Tuesday, April 13
Time: 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Yarnall Athletic Center Gym 
Stop by anytime between the hours of 10;30am-2:00pm; registration is not required. Socially distanced event; mask/face covering required!

Departments Participating:

  • Registrar’s Office – Graduates’ cap and gown pick up (if you’re a commuter student/remote learner who does not regularly come to campus for classes, see Q&A below for information on caps and gowns)
  • Accessibility Services
  • Bursar
  • Financial Aid
  • Integrative Career Development (ICD)
  • Library Services
  • Student Life
April 12-27 | Photo/Video Submission for Virtual Ceremony

Dates and Deadlines

April 13: Pick up cap & gown at Grad Fair, or for eligible commuters or remote learners, the College will ship your cap and gown to you the week of April 12.

April 12-27: Each graduate has the opportunity to submit (online) a personal photo, quote and/or short video of themselves for their  slide during the Virtual Ceremony. Graduates may want to wait until they receive their cap and gown to submit these items. Deadlines are strict for personal submissions! Watch your Mitchell email for detailed information on how to submit.

April 29-May 7 | Grad Week

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2021 Grad Week

When: Thursday, April 29-Friday, May 7 
Cost: $211 per participant
Registration is Now Open: Register and pay at https://mccampuslife.ticketleap.com/grad-week-2021/
Who: Grad Week is for Seniors graduating this spring. Seniors who graduated in December and are interested in coming back to campus may also attend, but need to email Kat O’Brien or Katrina Feyerherm prior to registering. Students graduating with an associate degree and planning to continue at Mitchell for their bachelor degree should wait to attend grad week at their bachelor degree graduation.
 Sample of Activities:

  • Tanger Outlets
  • Hike at Gillette Castle
  • Outdoor Movie/Movie Theater Night
  • Baseball and Softball Doubleheader Game, Tailgate Party
  • BBQ Lunch in Red Barn with Bartender
  • Pasta Dinner and Karaoke in Red Barn
  • Decorate Grad Caps
  • High Roller Luxury Lanes Bowling Night, Foxwoods
  • Day Trip, Newport, RI
  • Brunch with Champagne Mimosas and Bellini
  • Berlin Batting Cages- Go Carts and Mini Golf
  • Dessert and Beach Bonfire
  • And more!

        Housing during Grad Week: Resident seniors will be provided dining and housing (remaining in their current rooms) until commencement on Saturday, May 8, provided they register and pay for Grad Week and move out by Noon on Sunday, May 9.

        Day of Commencement

        May 8 | In-Person Celebration

        Staggered Times

        The optional in-person Commencement Celebration on Saturday, May 8 will take place in small groups throughout the morning and into the early afternoon. During your time slot, you will walk across the stage to receive your diploma from President Espy, pose for a professional graduation photo (available for purchase) and turn the tassel on your cap. Students who already indicated in the graduation application that they are participating in the ceremony will receive full regalia to wear.

        During the registration process, you will:

        • Sign up for one of four time slots (9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm). Each time slot is first come, first served for a limited number of students. The number of time slots available, however, allows the entire class to participate in person. Sign up here.
        • Be able to invite up to two guests to be seated on the green (or at Yarnall Athletic Center, in case of rain) to cheer you on! Guests may be friends or family from outside of the College community, or friends from within the Mitchell community.
        • Graduates register here. Guests may NOT register themselves.

        All College policies related to COVID-19 will be in effect, including, but not limited to, social distancing and required face masks/coverings. Quick guide here.

        Do NOT come to campus or attend the in-person Commencement Celebration on May 8 if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days prior to May 8, 2021 or if you have knowingly been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days prior to May 8, 2021. If you have recovered from COVID-19, you may not come to campus unless you have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.

        Watch for updates on this page; events subject to change.

        Individual Photographs at In-Person Celebration | May 8

        Official Photographer: GradImages™ is the official photographer for our In-Person Celebration on May 8. Their photographers will take individual photographs of students  with their diplomas after they exit the stage. This service is ONLY available to students who pre-register to attend the In-Person Celebration. Several days after the Celebration, students will receive proofs from GradImages 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 ecc.giservice@gradimages.netPreregister with Grad Images — Graduates who have registered for the In-Person Celebration can pre-register their email or friends and family email addresses with GradImages, 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.
        May 8 | Virtual Ceremony

        6:00 pm (EDT)

        You’ll be able to continue your celebration on Saturday, May 8 at 6:00 pm (EDT), by watching our virtual ceremony, complete with speeches, music and other Mitchell traditions. If you are unable to catch the live release of the virtual ceremony, it will be available for later viewing.

        • Access the Virtual Ceremony on this webpage.
        • Invite as many guests as you would like!
        • No pre-registration to view the ceremony
        Every Mitchell 2021 graduate will be recognized by name, degree, major, and honors earned in our Virtual Commencement Ceremony video presentation. Graduates are encouraged to submit a photograph, video of thanks and/or an inspirational quote, which will also be presented. 
        All graduates have been emailed about how to submit your photograph and/or video for the virtual ceremony. Deadline for submission of personal content is April 27, 2021.
        You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in post-ceremony virtual receptions; details coming soon.
        Questions? Please contact communications@mitchell.edu. We look forward to celebrating YOU on May 8!

        Commencement Speaker Dr. Christopher Parker

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        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. 

        Let the World Know!

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        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.