Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Baccalaureate degree ceremony: 3–5 p.m.
The Greek Theatre/UCPD will be checking bags at all of the entrance gates. The following items are PROHIBITED inside the Greek Theatre:
Baccalaureate and graduate commencement ceremonies will be webcast live; they will also be archived online for future viewing. Video recordings and related social media coverage of recent commencement ceremonies are archived on this website; videos from previous years can be found on the Berkeley Engineering YouTube channel.
If you wish to invite overseas relatives to come to the United States to attend your commencement ceremony, we recommend that you follow the instructions provided by the Berkeley International Office on how to help family obtain a visitor visa or to come to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program. Berkeley Engineering does not produce letters of invitation for the purpose of inviting students’ family members to visit the United States. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are responsible for providing their own regalia, including hoods for Ph.D. candidates. Caps and gowns may be purchased from the Cal Student Store. For more information regarding caps and gowns, graduation announcements and ordering yearbooks, please visit their website or store at 2495 Bancroft Way. Store hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.– 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Watch short videos on how to wear academic regalia on the Berkeley Engineering YouTube channel.
EOP graduation gown lending project
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) graduation gown lending project helps to support first generation and low income UC Berkeley students with free rental of graduation gowns. Please consider donating any black graduation gowns you may own to EOP to help future first-generation and low-income students be the next cohort to celebrate commencement from Berkeley. To see how you can donate, please contact EOP at email@example.com or (510) 642-7224.
Summer and fall 2018 and spring 2019 B.S. and B.A. degree candidates who have an overall Berkeley GPA that ranks them in the top 20 percent of students will be eligible to purchase honors cords at the Cal Student Store for the 2019 commencement ceremony. For B.S. degree candidates the minimum overall GPA required for honors (as determined by the Office of the Registrar) for Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 is 3.745 and for Summer 2018 is 3.735. For ORMS-B.A. degree candidates the minimum overall GPA required for honors (as determined by the Office of the Registrar) for Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 is 3.747 and for Summer 2018 is 3.735. Due to pending grades, summer and fall 2018 B.S. and B.A. degree candidates are not eligible to purchase honors cords for the 2019 commencement ceremony. To confirm that your cumulative Berkeley GPA through the fall 2019 semester meets the cutoff requirement, please visit CalCentral.
Commencement Bear Transit Shuttle Service: Shuttles are a quick, easy and inexpensive way to commute to commencement. Shuttles are free for graduating seniors wearing cap/gown or with ID, as well as their families. Shuttles run approximately every 12-24 minutes, and all daytime shuttles are equipped with wheelchair lifts. We recommend you consider utilizing a shuttle when planning your transportation to commencement. From BART catch the eastbound Perimeter Line Bear Transit shuttle near the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Shuttles stop at Addison/Shattuck and Hearst/Euclid. Exit the shuttle at the Greek Theatre. View the BearTransit webpage for the Perimeter Line shuttle schedule and route map.
Parking: During commencement, visitors may park in designated daytime campus parking lots on a first-come, first-served basis, for $10. Parking is CREDIT CARD ONLY - no cash will be accepted. The closest campus parking lots to the Greek Theatre are the Foothill Lot (Hearst at Highland Ave.) and Lower Hearst Structure - Level 2 (enter from Scenic Ave.). Visitors may also park in lots designated for student parking ("S") for a $10 fee. Please read parking signs carefully.
The Maxwell Garage, a public parking lot on the corner of Stadium Rim Way and Gayley Road, will be selling commencement parking for $25. Parking is also available in the surrounding city public parking lots on the south and west sides of campus; rates and hours vary.
Disabled Parking: All designated disabled spaces and non-reserved spaces will be available at $10 to disabled patrons with certified disabled placards or license plates on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a curbside drop-off area on Gayley Road just north of the Greek Theatre entrance for passengers with mobility challenges who prefer to minimize the travel distance to the Greek Theatre.
For more information about parking, see the Parking and Transportation website for commencement visitor parking locations for daytime commencement ceremonies at the Greek Theatre.
The College of Engineering has made arrangements with GradImages Photo to photograph every graduate at the moment the scroll is given. For more information about ordering photos, visit the GradImages website.
Orchid leis and floral bouquets will be offered for sale the day of commencement in front of the Greek Theatre.
Commemorative scrolls, not diplomas, are given out at commencement. Diplomas for undergraduate and graduate students will be mailed free of charge approximately four months after the end of the term to your diploma address. You can update your diploma address in CalCentral under Profile > Contact Information > Address (click on Add) > Diploma Address. If you have any questions or need more information, please visit the website for the Office of the Registrar.
You can purchase your copy of the Blue & Gold Yearbook, Berkeley’s official historical record, at the Blue & Gold website.
As a graduating senior, you have an opportunity to join your classmates to make a significant impact on the college through the senior gift campaign! Your support is critical to maintaining Berkeley’s position as one of the top engineering schools in the world. Visit our senior gift page for more information.
The names of degree candidates who register for commencement by April 26 will be printed in the spring 2019 program. After June 1, 2019, if you would like to receive additional copies of the spring 2019 commencement program, email your name, address, and the number of copies you are requesting to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon request, PDF versions of commencement programs from 2012 to the present are also available for download and printing.