UC Berkeley Commencement


What’s the difference between December Commencement, the May Campuswide Commencement, and department graduations?

  • December Commencement, the campuswide ceremony held in December for all graduating students from all majors and their families, includes the Chancellor's address, keynote address, and traditional pomp and circumstance.

  • May Commencement, the campuswide ceremony held in the spring 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 during the spring 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 December Commencement?

The ceremony will take place on December 20, 2015.

How do I get tickets?

All graduates must register to participate by December 11. Tickets are $5 for guests and complimentary for graduates. Each graduate can have up to 10 guest tickets.

All sales are final and there are no refunds.


How do I get there?

Haas Pavilion is on Bancroft Way between Ellsworth and Dana Streets. 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 surrounding city and private lots on a first-come, first-served basis, but charges and hours vary.  

Will there be a photographer?

GradImages will photograph each graduate. Visit http://www.gradimages.com to view the photos.

Will my name be called during the ceremony?

Yes. Make sure you fill out a name card so that your name can be read aloud (and correctly!) at the podium. Names will not be read from the printed program.

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.

How long will the ceremony last?

The ceremony will approximately last 1.5 - 2 hours.

Will graduation be webcast?

No, the graduation will not be webcast.

Where can I find information about lodging and dining?

Contact Visit Berkeley.

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