Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Reception immediately following the ceremony in Dwinelle Plaza.
Celtic Studies, Comparative Literature, Dutch Studies, French, German, Italian Studies, Scandinavian, Slavic Languages & Literatures, and Spanish & Portuguese
PARTICIPATION IN COMMENCEMENT
All graduating students in the academic year 2018-19 may attend this Spring’s Commencement ceremony.
Registration for the ceremony is now closed. Contact your staff advisor with questions.
Participating students will receive specific instructors for the procession and ceremony, in lieu of a dress rehearsal.
Tickets will be available for purchase on April 15 at this link.
Tickets can also be purchased at the Cal Performances box office or by phone on April 16 at noon.
Due to limited seating, there is a limit of 4 tickets per graduate. Tickets are $5 each. Guests may select a free ticket for children ages 5 and under. Students participating in the ceremony do not need a ticket.
Tickets ordered online or by phone may be claimed at the Cal Performances Box Office during regular hours, or beginning an hour before the ceremony at the Playhouse Box Office will-call. Remaining unsold tickets will also be available for purchase at the Zellerbach Playhouse Box Office on the day of commencement. Tickets may also be delivered via U.S. Mail. Admission to Zellerbach Playhouse is first come, first seated; doors will open at approximately 8:30am for guests.
All students participating in the ceremony must meet in Dwinelle Plaza by 8:30am. Please leave all valuables (purses, back-packs, etc) with family or friends so you don’t have to carry anything with you during the ceremony.
If you plan to complete your degree, you must be on the degree list. Please review this important information from the College of Letters & Science and make sure to confirm with a College Advisor that you are eligible for graduation.
CAPS AND GOWNS
For purchase or rental at:
- MyGrad, the official Grad Fair event. March 19-March 21, Lower Sproul. 10am-4pm.
- Cal Student Store, 2495 Bancroft Way, 510-229-4703
- The Student Store/Fall Rush, 2480 Bancroft Way, 510-845-1226
- Educational Opportunity Program’s Graduation Gown Lending Project to support first generation and low income UC Berkeley students with free rental of graduation gowns.
Please take your gowns out of their packaging and steam or (carefully) iron them. They will be creased from the packaging, which shows up in photographs.
Honors: All students graduating with honors may purchase Honors Cords to wear at the commencement ceremony. You will be notified of your honors eligibility by email. The Student Store will have a list of all students to purchase an Honors Cord. No distinction is made during the commencement ceremony between honors students and non-honors students. Honors are marked in the commencement program.
The Department does not handle diplomas. The scroll you will receive at the commencement ceremony will commemorate all Commencement exercises of the Departments, Schools, and Colleges of the Berkeley Campus of the University of California. Diplomas are generally mailed to students four months after your graduation date. Please ensure your diploma address is correct in CalCentral (instructions here). For more information, please visit the Office of the Registrar.
If you need proof of completing your degree before the Registrar has processed your diploma, you may obtain a Certificate of Completion. More information regarding the Certificate of Completion is available on the Registrar’s website.
Because of fire laws, and for the safety of everyone, we ask that friends and family refrain from leaving their seats and standing in the aisles to take pictures or videos. Students participating in commencement are asked to pre-register with Grad Images so that they can be contacted after the ceremony. More details about this year’s photography plans to be announced.
For your guests:
ACCOMMODATIONS AND VENUE INFORMATION
Lodging: Local hotel suggestions.
Venue: Map to Zellerbach Hall on the Berkeley campus. Please note, on this map Zellerbach Playhouse is part of Zellerbach Hall; Zellerbach Playhouse is the small attached building facing the Alumni House.
Parking is difficult to find in the area. Please allow plenty of time to find parking so that you will not be late arriving at Dwinelle Plaza. For complete information about parking, please go to the Parking and Transportation website.
UNIVERSITY-WIDE SPRING CEREMONY
Saturday, May 18, 2019
10 am, California Memorial Stadium
Graduating seniors can also participate in the University campus-wide commencement ceremony in addition to the departmental ceremony. Please check their website for information about tickets, featured speaker and other important deadlines regarding participation.
The University shares this video for its 150th anniversary, and in celebration of the next 150 years — watch it here.