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Please contact bears@berkeley.edu if you have any questions regarding Commencement 2014.

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

 

The Spring 2014 College of Engineering Commencement will consist of two ceremonies, one for baccalaureate degree recipients and one for graduate degree recipients. 

Baccalaureate Degrees (B.S./B.A.)
Sunday, May 18, 2014 
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Hearst Greek Theatre, UC Berkeley
Keynote Speaker: Diane Greene, M.S. '88 EECS, co-founder, VMware

Graduate Degrees (Ph.D., and Masters)
Sunday, May 18, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Hearst Greek Theatre, UC Berkeley
Keynote Speaker: Sanjay Mehrotra, M.S. '80 EECS, co-founder, president and CEO, SanDisk

  

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Spring 2014 Graduates: College of Engineering undergraduate and graduate students completing degree requirements during the Summer and Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Summer and Fall 2014 semesters are welcome to participate in the Spring 2014 College of Engineering Commencement ceremonies.   

Spring 2014 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 2014 UC Berkeley Commencement Convocation has been scheduled for Saturday, May 17 at 10:00 am at California Memorial Stadium. Details on how to register can be found here.

Ticket and Seating Information for the Engineering Commencement Ceremonies

  • Graduates must complete the online registration forms to reserve and purchase tickets. The deadline to register is April 18. Graduates registering after the deadline are not guaranteed guest tickets.
  • Baccalaureate (B.S./B.A.) Ceremony Tickets: Baccalaureate degree candidates may reserve a maximum of 10 tickets; 1 for the graduate, 9 for guests. The first 5 tickets (1 for the graduate, 4 for guests) are free; additional tickets (5 maximum), may be purchased at $5 per ticket, for a total of 10 tickets. In order to ensure the large number of undergraduate students anticipated to participate in the commencement ceremony have access to tickets, there is a limit of 10 tickets per graduate.
  • Graduate (Ph.D./Master's) Ceremony Tickets: Graduate degree candidates may reserve their first 5 tickets (1 for the graduate, 4 for guests) for free; additional tickets may be purchased at $5 per ticket. 
  • Extra Tickets: Any tickets still available on the day of commencement will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, at the box office of the Greek Theatre for $5 each, cash only.  The box office will open 1-hour prior to each commencement ceremony.
  • 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.
  • All graduates and guests (age 2 and older) must have a ticket to gain admittance to Commencement.
  • Tickets will be distributed Monday, April 28 through Friday, May 2, from 11am-2pm, in front of Engineering Student Services (230 Bechtel Engineering Center). After May 2, tickets will be available for pick up at the Engineering Student Services office, 230 Bechtel, between 8am- 5pm Monday through Thursday, and 10am- 5pm on Fridays. Tickets will NOT be available for pick up on Friday, May 16, please pick up your tickets prior to that date.
  • If you are unable to pick up your tickets in person you may have someone pick them up on your behalf. Follow these steps in order for us to release your tickets: 1. Make a legible photocopy of your student ID card. 2. Write the following on the photocopy: "I authorize (insert name of person picking up your tickets) to pick up my Engineering Commencement tickets." 3. Indicate the total number of tickets the person is picking up. 4. Sign and date the photocopy. 5. Instruct the person you authorized to pick up your tickets to bring their photo ID for verification.  
  • Please note: 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.
  • 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. If you have further questions please email bears@berkeley.edu.
 

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

The 2014 commencement ceremony will be webcast live the day of the event on the Berkeley Engineering YouTube channel.  

Letter of Invitation to Commencement for International Family Members (for Visa purposes)

Send an email to bears@berkeley.edu with the following information:

1. Your full name
2. Your student ID number
3. Your email address
4. Your current home address
5. The degree(s) you will receive and major(s)
6. The names and relationships of each person that you would like to invite to attend graduation (Mr. John Smith, father; Ms. Sally Smith, sister, etc.)

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 eopglp@gmail.com or (510) 642-7224.

Honor Cords 

Summer and Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 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 2014 commencement ceremony. For the academic year 2013-2014, the minimum UCB GPA required for HONORS (as determined by the Office of the Registrar) is 3.670. Due to pending grades, Summer and Fall 2014 B.S. and B.A. degree candidates are not eligible to purchase honors cords for the 2014 commencement ceremony. To confirm your cumulative UC Berkeley GPA through the Fall 2013 semester meets the cutoff requirement, please visit https://bearfacts.berkeley.edu.

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Parking

During Commencement at UC Berkeley, student 'S' permit areas will be open to the public for an $10 fee. Drivers without an 'S' permit must purchase an $10 ticket from the dispensing machine in the 'S' lot and display it on their dashboard. Please read parking signs carefully. For Commencement, Parking & Transportation will sell parking spaces for $10 at the following 'F' permit lot locations: Foothill Lot (Hearst at Highland Ave.) and Upper Hearst Structure (Hearst at Gayley Rd.).

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.

Department Receptions

Each College of Engineering department will host a complimentary commencement reception for graduates and their guests. Reception locations and start times are listed below. No RSVP is necessary.

  • Applied Science & Technology |  Hearst Memorial Mining Building, Betty & Gordon Moore Lobby | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Bioengineering | Stanley Hall, 1st Floor Atrium | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering | O'Brien Hall Breezeway | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
  • Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences | Bechtel Engineering Center, Trefethen Terrace | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Engineering Science | Bechtel Engineering Center, Garbarini Lounge | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Industrial Engineering & Operations Research | McCone Hall, Smilodon Plaza | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Masters of Engineering/Fung Institute | I-House, Chevron Auditorium | 4:30 - 6 p.m.
  • Materials Science & Engineering | Hearst Memorial Mining Building, Betty & Gordon Moore Lobby | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Mechanical Engineering | Esplanade between Soda & Etcheverry Halls | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Nuclear Engineering | I-House Patio | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Operations Research & Management Science | McCone Hall, Smilodon Plaza | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

Pictures

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.

Flowers

Orchid leis and floral bouquets will be offered for sale the day of commencement in front of the Greek Theatre. 

Diplomas

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.

Senior Gift

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 bears@berkeley.edu.