Mitchell College 78th Commencement Ceremony

May 14, 2022

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Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz

Sworn in on January 9, 2019, Susan Bysiewicz is serving her first term as Connecticut’s 109th lieutenant governor. Lt. Gov. Bysiewicz formerly served as Connecticut’s secretary of state from 1999 to 2011. As a state representative in the Connecticut General Assembly, she represented the towns of Middletown, Middlefield, and Durham from 1993 to 1999. A graduate of Middletown High School, Yale University and Duke Law School, she is the author of “Ella: A Biography of Ella Grasso,” Connecticut’s 83rd Governor. Lt. Gov. Bysiewicz and her husband David Donaldson reside in Middletown.


Senior Week — May 6–13, 2022

Senior Week takes place from Friday, May 6, to Friday, May 13. This is an opportunity to bond with your classmates, let off steam and celebrate your tremendous accomplishment. The cost for the week’s events is $150. Tickets go on sale the week of April 18.

Event Schedule


Friday, May 6
  • 6:00pm – Senior Welcome Dinner, Weller Center
Saturday, May 7
  • 12:00pm-2:00pm — Brunch & Cap Decorating, Market Cafe
  • 2:30pm-5:00pm — Photoshoot for Graduating Students 
  • 5:30pm-12:00am — Shuttles to Foxwoods
    • Shuttle pick-up/drop-off outside of the Student Center
    • Shuttle leaves Mitchell — 5:30pm, 6:45pm, 8:00pm, 9:15pm
    • Pick-up at Foxwoods — 7:15pm, 8:30pm, 9:45pm, 11:00pm, 12:00am
Sunday, May 8
  • 10:00am-10:00pm — Six Flags New England 
    • Shuttle pick-up/drop-off outside the Student Center
    • 10:00am — Shuttle leaves Mitchell
    • 8:30pm — Shuttle leaves Six Flags at closing 
Monday, May 9
  • 12:00pm-4:00pm — Senior Picnic & Field Day, Weller Patio
  • 4:30pm-7:30pm — Pasta Dinner and Karaoke, Red Barn
Tuesday, May 10
  • 9:00pm-9:00pm – Trip to Boston
    • Shuttle pick-up/drop-off outside of the Student Center
    • 9:00am — Shuttle leaves Mitchell 
    • 7:00pm — Shuttle leaves Boston 
Wednesday, May 11
  • 11:00am-1:00pm — Senior Toast Brunch with Champagne Mimosas and Bellini, Red Barn
  • 1:00pm-5:00pm — Berlin Batting Cages
    • Shuttle pick-up/drop-off outside of the Student Center
    • 1:00pm — Shuttle leaves Mitchell
    • 4:00pm — Shuttle leaves Berlin Batting Cages 
  • 5:00pm-7:00pm — Taco Dinner Night, Market Cafe
  • 7:00pm — Movie Night at Regal Cinemas
    • Shuttle pick-up/drop-off outside of the Student Center
    • 7:00pm — Shuttle leaves Mitchell 
    • 10:00pm — Shuttle leaves theater 
Thursday, May 12
  • 11:00am-4:00pm — Senior Beach Day, Mitchell Beach
  • 12:00pm — Senior Plunge, Mitchell Beach
  • 4:30pm-5:30pm — Dinner, Market Cafe
  • Option 1: 7:00pm — Hartford Yard Goats Game
    • Shuttle pick up/drop off outside of the Student Center
    • 5:30pm — Shuttle leaves Mitchell
    • 9:30pm — Shuttle leaves Hartford at conclusion of game
  • Option 2: 7:00pm-1:00am — Mohegan Sun Trip
    • Shuttle pick-up/drop-off outside of the Student Center
    • Shuttle leaves Mitchell — 7:00pm, 8:15pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm
    • Pick-up at Foxwoods — 8:45pm, 10:00pm, 11:00pm, 12:00am, 1:00am
Friday, May 13
  • 9:00am-11:00am — Continental Breakfast, Student Center
  • 11:00am-2:00pm — Commencement Rehearsal
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm — Lunch, Market Cafe
  • 3:00pm-5:00pm — Investiture Watch Party, TBD
  • 5:00pm-7:00pm — Cookout, Henry Hall Grass Area
  • 8:00pm — Beach Bonfire, Mitchell Beach


Please contact:   Michael Secreti:      Destiny Barnum:

Photographs / Videos

Official Photographer: 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.

Several days after graduation, students will receive proofs from GradImages 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 or by phone.

If you have any questions please contact Gradlmages 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 at

Hotel Accommodations & Dining 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





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.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How long is the Commencement ceremony?

The ceremony is approximately two hours. Following the ceremony, faculty, staff and the Commencement speaker will be greeting guests behind Duques Center beside the Steinmayer Garden.


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 request by May 4.


How many people may I invite to the Commencement ceremony?

While you may invite as many people as you like, each student will receive two (2) tickets for the guaranteed seating area, which can be accessed until 10:00 a.m. when the Commencement Procession begins.

Any guests beyond the two ticket holders will be directed to the open seating area (no tickets needed), which is available on a first-come/first-served 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.


Will the ceremony be streamed?

The 78th Mitchell College Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live at on May 14, 2022, beginning at 10:00 am.


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.

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 $5 each (while supplies last).


How do I order a class ring?

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


Where can I order customized gifts?

The online Bookstore offers apparel, gifts and diploma frames.

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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