Ticket, seating and guest information

  • Online registration for commencement opened in early March.  Graduates may purchase a maximum of 20 guest tickets; the ticket price is $5 each.  All guests (regardless of age) must have a ticket to gain admittance to commencement. 
  • The deadline to register was Friday, April 21. Graduates registering after the April 21 deadline are welcome to walk in the ceremony, but their names will not be printed in the program and they are not guaranteed the maximum number of guest tickets.
  • Tickets must be purchased by May 5; all commencement ticket sales are final. No refunds, no exceptions. Tickets should be treated like cash; they cannot be replaced if lost, stolen, damaged or otherwise rendered unreadable. Graduates must register to participate, but do not need a ticket. Graduates must be dressed in cap and gown for admission.
  • Purchased tickets will be distributed beginning Tuesday, April 18, through Saturday, May 13, at the Zellerbach Hall ticket office. The ticket office is located at the northeast corner of Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. Box office hours are: Tues–Fri, Noon–5:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun, 1–5 p.m.; closed Mondays. Tickets will NOT be available for pick up at Zellerbach on the day of the commencement ceremony.
  • Disability accommodations for graduates and guests: If you or any of your guests require accommodations for disabilities (e.g., wheelchair seating, sign language interpreter, etc.), please complete the special seating request form. For questions, please contact bears@berkeley.edu.
  • Important note regarding seating at the Greek Theatre:  All seating is general admission, not reserved, on a first-come, first-served basis, and it is possible that guests may have to climb the steep steps to sit on the grassy hillside above the concrete bleacher seating. Once the concrete bleacher seating area has reached capacity, guests will be directed to the lawn by Greek Theatre staff.
  • The Greek Theatre is open to the elements, and you and your guests should be prepared for any kind of weather and a wide range of temperatures. There are no indoor, temperature-controlled areas at the Greek Theatre. It may be very cold on a foggy morning, becoming very hot if the sun comes out. Sunscreen is highly recommended, as are blankets and/or layered clothing. Guests and students should dress accordingly. Guests, especially those with heat or sun sensitivities, are encouraged to bring factory-sealed bottled water and umbrellas for shade (or rain if necessary). Commencement will take place rain or shine. 
  • The Greek Theatre/UCPD will be checking bags at all of the entrance gates. The following items are PROHIBITED inside the Greek Theatre:

    • Large bags or backpacks
    • Noise-makers / air horns
    • Balloons (may be tied-off at the entrance gates at own discretion)
    • Baby strollers (designated parking is available just inside the gate)
    • Glass bottles / aluminum cans
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Coolers / ice chests
    • Skateboards / bicycles / scooters
    • Musical instruments
    • Fireworks
    • Rolls of toilet paper
    • Signs / banners / flags
    • Tripods for cameras
    • Animals (with the exception of documented service animals)
    • Lawn furniture or chairs (small blankets, cushions, and low-backed stadium seats are OK)
    • Any items that can be perceived as weapons