Commencement and Graduation

2018 Integrative Biology Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 2-4pm
Zellerbach Auditorium (reception to follow at Lower Sproul Plaza)
Keynote Speaker: Daniela Kaufer, Ph.D.

Students graduating Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, or Fall 2018 are eligible to participate. Students may only participate in one IB ceremony. Eligible students will be emailed information regarding registration and ticketing in mid-March.

General Timeline for Registration and Tickets:

  • Mid March - Commencement registration opens. Emails will be sent to all eligible students with a link to complete an exit survey and register for the Commencement ceremony. Students who register will have their included in the program, and will receive two free tickets to the ceremony. 
  • Mid March - Tickets available for purchase through Cal Performances for $8 each (more information below). There is no limit to the number of tickets each graduate can purchase for their guests.
  • Mid April - Deadline to register for commencement and have name listed in the program. 
  • Early May - Ticket distribution begins for students who registered for the ceremony. Emails will be sent to students to pick up their two free tickets at the Undergraduate Advising Office in 3060 VLSB. Tickets purchased online through Cal Performances should be picked up at the Zellerbach Ticket Office prior to the ceremony.
  • Mid May - Ticket distribution will end. 
  • May 19 - Tickets will be on sale at the gate for $10 each.

Additional Commencement Information

Campuswide Commencement vs. IB Commencement
The Campuswide Commencement Ceremony (also known as General Commencement) and the IB Commencement Ceremony are two different events. Campuswide Commencement celebrates all majors who are graduating at UCB and the IB Commencement Ceremony is restricted to IB undergraduate and graduate students only. Students interested in participating in the Campuswide Commencement should visit the Commencement website. The following information pertains only to our departmental ceremony.

Graduates do not need a ticket for the ceremony. Your name card and cap and gown is your ticket. The IB Undergraduate Advising Office will contact registered participants to pick up their name card and two free tickets in May. 

Additional tickets can be purchased through Cal Performances in Mid March. Tickets can purchased online, over the phone at 510-642-9988, and at the Zellerbach Ticket Office (Tues-Fri, 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat-Sun, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.), as well as at the Commencement venue on the day of the event (beginning one hour before the ceremony until one hour after the start time). All seating, regardless of what is listed on the ticket, is General Admission. There are no designated seats. Children 2 and under are free, but will require a ticket to enter the venue.

Please make sure to bring your name card to the Commencement ceremony. If you wish to receive proofs of photos taken by professional photographers, make sure to complete the back of the name card with your contact information.  

A reception will be held after the Commencement ceremony at Lower Sproul Plaza. Light refreshments will be served. 

Day-Of Instructions for Graduating Seniors
Graduates will line up outside of Zellerbach Auditorium in Lower Sproul Plaza, and should plan to arrive to Lower Sproul no later than 1:15 PM in their cap and gown. Graduates registered for Commencement will receive additional day-of instructions when name cards and tickets are picked up. The ceremony will be approximately two hours in length.

Important: We ask that you turn off your cell phones and refrain from using them for the duration of the ceremony. We also ask for all guests to remain seated until the end of the ceremony. Each student is on stage for only a brief moment, and we want to make sure that their fellow students and loved ones can hear their names being called. Please extend the same courtesy to the families and friends of your graduating class that you would want to have extended to you.

Graduation Pictures
There will be four professional photographers at the ceremony taking pictures. Guests will not be allowed to block aisles, nor inhibit the view of any other guest during the ceremony.

All honors students will receive a special mention during the ceremony. Honors cords will be available for purchase at the Cal Student Store. Sales will be restricted to students who are completing IB departmental honors. 

Regalia, Announcements, and Class Rings
The Cal Student Store is your one-stop shop for all your commencement supplies and memorabilia.

Visitor Information and Parking 
Visitors from out of the Bay Area may wish to contact UC Berkeley Visitors Services at (510) 642-5215. Information on local accommodations can be found at the Berkeley Visitors Bureau

Parking is very limited at UC Berkeley during Commencement season. Public parking will be available at attendant-controlled lots for $10-$15. Drivers must purchase a permit to be displayed on the dashboard. UCB Parking & Transportation will sell parking at the following locations: Foothill Lot (Hearst Ave, east of Highland Ave.), Lower Hearst Structure Level 2 (Hearst Ave. and Scenic Ave.), and RSF Garage (Bancroft Way, below Telegraph Ave.) for $10, as well as the Lower Sproul Garage (Bancroft Way, below Telegraph Ave.) for $15. The Lower Sproul, RSF, and Sather Gate (below) lots are the nearest lots to Zellerbach Auditorium. 

The City of Berkeley Maxwell Stadium Garage (on Gayley, next to the Greek Theatre) and Sather Gate Garage (west of Telegraph Ave. between Channing Way and Durant Ave.) may also be available. Please observe and obey parking signs and regulations. Each campus lot will display the most up-to-date information on the sign at the entrance.  See the Parking & Transportation site for more info.

Guests with Specific Needs
Guests with specific access and mobility needs are eligible for special seating.  Special seating is available in designated areas of Zellerbach Auditorium.  The area will be roped off and guests will be directed to designated areas when they arrive.  

Campus Access Services provides information and/or assistance to the UC Berkeley campus community and individuals with disabilities who require access to participate in University-sponsored non-course-related programs or activities.

Diplomas will be sent to all graduating seniors at no charge. Diplomas are mailed four months after graduation to the diploma mailing address in Cal Central. Make sure to check and update this address prior to graduation.

Commencement vs. Graduation
Commencement and Graduation are two separate events. Commencement is a ceremony, a celebration for you and your family of the completion (or near completion!) of your college years. Participating in Commencement does not mean that you have graduated. Graduation is the process by which you receive a degree from Berkeley. Students need to be on the degree list for the term in which all requirements for graduation will be completed. See Graduation and Transcripts and Diplomas for more information.