UC Berkeley Commencement


What’s the difference between the campuswide commencement and department graduations?

Commencement, the campuswide ceremony for all graduating seniors from all majors and their families, includes the Chancellor's address, keynote address, and most of the traditional pomp and circumstance. Departmental graduations occur separately within their discipline and are more personal, with each graduate walking across stage to receive a commemorative certificate. Contact your department for the most up-to-date info on its graduation ceremony.

When is commencement?

Saturday, May 14 at California Memorial Stadium, starting at 10 a.m. and ending around 12:30 p.m.

How do I get tickets?

All graduates must purchase tickets for themselves and their guests. Tickets will go on sale online in March. If tickets are still available on the day of commencement, they will be sold in front of Memorial Stadium. Children 2 and under are free. Please note that all sales are FINAL and there are no refunds. No exceptions.

How do I get my name listed in the program?

All graduates must purchase their tickets to be listed in the program. Those that miss the deadline are welcome to walk, but their names will not be printed.

How do I get there?

California Memorial Stadium is on Piedmont Avenue between Bancroft Way and Stadium Rimway Road. Reserved parking is not available for commencement. Some spots may be available on campus but are not guaranteed. We encourage you to take public transportation.  If you choose to drive, please consult the campus map for directions. You may park in the campus parking lots on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please consult the campus Parking and Transportation website for details.  You may also park in the surrounding city parking lots.  Rates and hours vary.

Will there be a photographer?

GradImages will photograph each graduate, and photographs will be available for purchase after the ceremony.

Will my name be read at the ceremony?

Names are NOT read at the spring commencement ceremony. 

Will I receive my diploma at the ceremony?

No. Attending commencement does not necessarily mean that you have actually graduated. Some students attend the ceremony for celebratory reasons only, even though they may not finish all of their degree requirements until a later semester. In addition, all undergraduate diplomas will be mailed approximately 3.5 months after the ceremony. Visit the registrar’s office for more info.

Will commencement be webcast?

Commencement will not be webcast live, but will be available online soon after the ceremony.

Where can I find information about lodging and dining?

Contact the Berkeley Convention and Visitors Bureau or go to visitberkeley.com

Questions? 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225) or events1@berkeley.edu