FAQ

Updated November 23, 2021

What are the commencement plans for the Class of 2021?

On Saturday, December 18, 2021, we will hold an in-person, campuswide ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the Haas Pavilion. All undergraduate and graduate students who graduated in fall 2021 can participate. The event will last approximately two hours and include a brief ceremony, the reading of names, and the conferring of degrees. Graduates must reserve one free ticket for themselves by Nov. 24 to get listed in the program, and have extra time to purchase a maximum of 15 guest tickets for $10 each. (Note: This is not a makeup event for the Class of 2020 or the spring Class of 2021.)

What do graduates need to know?

Assemble at Haas Pavilion at 7:30 a.m., one hour before your ceremony begins. GradImages will be taking photos.

You may wear regalia (available at the Cal Student Store), business casual, or cocktail attire. Stoles, leis, and other meaningful items welcomed.

Bring your phone fully charged, and download the UC Berkeley Mobile app, the easiest way to show your campus access badge for entering the facility.

What do guests need to know?

Parking is limited in Berkeley. Haas Pavilion is a 10- to 15-minute walk from the downtown Berkeley BART station. If you choose to drive, visit the university's parking and transportation website for details on available Cal lots, pricing, and ADA dropoff.

Doors will open one hour before the ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Please arrive early to allow time to check your proof of vaccination. There is no assigned seating.

Visit the Haas Pavilion page for more information on security, the clear bag policy, a list of items you can and cannot bring, and other details.

What are the current public health requirements?

The Haas Pavilion is an indoor venue. In accordance with the city's public health guidelines, all graduates and their guests 12 and older must show proof of vaccination and a photo ID to enter the facility, as well as wear a face covering. Acceptable forms of proof include a government-issued vaccination card, photo or copy or your card, an authentic digital record, and, for students, their campus access badge. We encourage students to have their badge readily available on their phones. If you’re coming from outside of the Bay Area, please review the CDC travel recommendations. Stay home and watch the livestream if you or anyone in your party is immunocompromised, ill, or experiencing symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19, such as a fever or chills, cough, difficulty breathing, or fatigue.

Can people who are not vaccinated attend?

Yes. Those who are not vaccinated must show valid documentation of your medical or religious exemption, such as a doctor’s letter or sworn declaration explaining how your religious beliefs are incompatible with vaccination. You must also show proof of a negative COVID-19 test that was conducted within 72 hours of the start of commencement, e.g. between Wednesday, Dec. 15, 8:30 a.m. and Saturday, Dec. 18, 8:30 a.m. (Rapid testing will not be provided onsite; check your local public health department on where to get tested.) Valid exemption documentation and a negative test are both required to gain entry into Haas Pavilion for those who are not vaccinated.

Will the ceremony be livestreamed?

Yes. We will post the YouTube link closer to December 18.

How can I request an accommodation for disability to receive access?

If you require ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, or other communication accommodations, or need information about campus mobility access features to fully participate in this event, please email events1@berkeley.edu or call 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225) seven to 10 days before the event. You can also request accommodations in the ticket form.

Questions?

For general commencement questions, please contact us. For questions about departmental ceremonies, please contact your coordinator listed on the Department Graduations page.