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The Spring 2015 College of Engineering Commencement will consist of two ceremonies, one for baccalaureate degree recipients and one for graduate degree recipients. The date for the 2015 commencement ceremonies will be announced in late September 2014.
Fall 2014 Graduates: College of Engineering graduates completing degree requirements during the Fall 2014 semester are eligible to participate in the campus-wide December Graduation ceremony. The College of Engineering does not host a December graduation; however, all Fall 2014 graduates are welcome to participate in the Spring 2015 College of Engineering commencement ceremony. The date for the campus-wide December Graduation will be announced during the Fall 2014 semester.
Spring 2015 Graduates: College of Engineering undergraduate and graduate students completing degree requirements during the Summer and Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer and Fall 2015 semesters are welcome to participate in the Spring 2015 College of Engineering Commencement ceremonies.
Spring 2015 UC Berkeley Commencement: Separate from the Engineering baccalaureate commencement ceremony, Commencement Convocation is a University-wide celebration, open to graduating seniors from all academic disciplines. The 2015 UC Berkeley Commencement Convocation has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 16 at California Memorial Stadium. Details can be found here.
Ticket and Seating Information for the Engineering Commencement Ceremonies
Important Note Regarding Seating at the Greek Theatre
Seating is first-come, first-served for guests who are already present (i.e. saving seats will not work), and your guests may have to climb the steep steps to sit on the grassy hillside above the concrete bleacher seating. 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. Commencement will take place rain or shine.
Commencement Live Webcast
Letter of Invitation to Commencement for International Family Members (for Visa purposes)
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
1. Your full name
You will receive your letter by email within 2 business days of your request.
Caps and Gowns
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 contact the Cal Student Store, 2480 Bancroft Way, (510) 845-1226. Store hours are: Mon. thru Fri. 10am - 6pm, Sat. 10am - 5pm, Sun. Noon - 4pm. You may also view purchase information here.
EOP Graduation Gown Lending Project: The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Graduation Gown Lending Project helps to alleviate the cost of commencement caps and gowns for EOP students. 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 graduate from UC Berkeley. To see how you can donate, please contact EOP at email@example.com or (510) 642-7224.
Summer and Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 B.S. and B.A. degree candidates who have an overall UC Berkeley GPA that ranks them in the top 20% of students in the College of Engineering will be eligible to purchase honors cords at the Cal Student Store for the 2015 commencement ceremony. For the academic year 2014-2015, the minimum UCB GPA required for HONORS (as determined by the Office of the Registrar) will be announced in March 2015. Due to pending grades, Summer and Fall 2015 B.S. and B.A. degree candidates are not eligible to purchase honors cords for the 2015 commencement ceremony. To confirm your cumulative UC Berkeley GPA through the Fall 2013 semester meets the cutoff requirement, please visit https://bearfacts.berkeley.edu.
During Commencement at UC Berkeley, the following information applies to campus parking. If you have a student ‘S’ parking permit, you are permitted to park in any Central Campus, Student or Faculty/Staff parking lots on Saturday. If you have an ‘F’ parking permit you remain limited to the usual ‘F’ parking lots. If you do not have a parking permit you must purchase a $10 parking pass from a Parking & Transportation (P&T) attendant at one of the following two ‘F’ permit parking lots and park at either lot: Foothill Lot — entrance on Hearst Ave. at Cyclotron Rd. (behind Foothill Student Housing) or Upper Hearst Parking Structure — entrance #1 on Gayley Rd./La Loma Ave. at Hearst Ave., entrance #2 on Ridge Rd. at La Loma Ave. P&T attendants will sell parking passes between the hours of 7-10 a.m. and 12-3 p.m. on commencement day. If you do not buy a parking pass from a P&T attendant, you must pay for parking by the hour at a designated hourly parking lot from the lot dispensing machine. Campus parking permit dispensing machines only accept cash and coins. Campus machines do not accept credit cards and will not accept bills larger than $20. The closest hourly lot is the Lower Hearst Parking Structure — entrance on Scenic Ave. at Hearst Ave. (hourly parking spaces are limited).
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. Disabled parking (DP) is available at the Upper Hearst structure at the corner of Hearst Ave and Gayley Road (there are two DP spaces on the lowest level entering from Hearst Ave, and several more DP spaces on the third level entering from Gayley Road). The Upper Hearst parking garage has the best path of travel (one relatively level block) from the parking area to the Greek Theatre. Please note there is a curbside drop-off area on Gayley Road just north of the Greek Theatre entrance for passengers with mobility disabilities who prefer to minimize the travel distance to the Greek Theatre.
For more information about parking, see the Parking and Transportation website.
Each College of Engineering department will host a complimentary commencement reception for graduates and their guests. Reception locations and start times will be listed in April. No RSVP is necessary.
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 automatically mailed free of charge approximately 4 months after the end of the term to the diploma address supplied by you on Bear Facts. If you have any questions or need more information visit the Office of the Registrar's website.
Blue & Gold Yearbook
To purchase your copy of the Blue & Gold Yearbook, UC Berkeley's official historical record, click here.
As a graduating senior, you have an opportunity to join a group of your peers and make a big impact on your 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.
Commencement Program for Summer and Fall '14 Undergraduates
The program will list the names of all undergraduate students whose degrees were conferred in Summer or Fall 2013, as well as all candidates for Spring 2014. The names of Summer and Fall 2014 candidates will be announced during the 2014 ceremony and printed in the 2015 program. After June 1, 2015, if you would like to receive a copy of the Spring 2015 commencement program, e-mail your name, address, and the number of copies you are requesting to firstname.lastname@example.org.