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Mills College officially becomes part of Northeastern University today. The merger was first announced last June, and it was opposed by some students and faculty at Mills. Current Mills students can graduate from Mills or transfer to Northeastern at no expense. Mills, historically a women’s college, will become “gender inclusive.”

Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern, and Elizabeth L. Hillman, president of what will now be called Mills College at Northeastern, sent a joint message to all students and faculty members on Thursday. “We will begin this shared work by creating innovative undergraduate and graduate degree programs and lifelong learning opportunities. The programs will leverage the strengths of both institutions to prepare students to lead lives of fulfillment and accomplishment. Together, we’ll create a future that honors Mills’ values and ensures that the experiences of our students are rich in learning, discovery, and impact,” they said.

Aoun and Hillman added, “An enduring, focal point for this transformative impact will be the Mills Institute. Building on the legacy of Mills College, the Mills Institute will drive world-class thought leadership and innovative educational approaches at the intersection of gender and racial justice, technology, and globalization.”