University of California, Berkeley

will be holding its


on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

2:00 pm at Zellerbach Auditorium

David Eisenbud
Director of Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
Professor of Mathematics at UC Berkeley



All Mathematics & Applied Math majors (as well as Mathematics, Applied Math, and Logic MA and PhD students) graduating Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, and Fall 2018 are cordially invited to participate in commencement.

How To Sign Up For Commencement:
Undergraduates who wish to participate in the Math Commencement must fill out the following survey by Thursday April 19th:
Graduate students will receive a separate sign-up survey which will be sent by Vicky Lee.

 Tickets will be available for pick-up in 964 and 965 Evans Hall the week of April 23rd for all students who signed up online by April 19th. Up to 2 free tickets are available to each graduating student.  Additional tickets may be purchased for $5.00 each (cash or checks payable to "UC Regents").

On The Day of The Ceremony: There will be a mandatory rehearsal of the graduation procession scheduled to begin promptly at 1:00pm in the foyer of Zellerbach Auditorium. Graduates should arrive at Zellerbach no later than 12:30pm. Doors will open for guest seating at 1:30pm. The ceremony will last approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes. Reception follows in front of Zellerbach Auditorium.

Graduation Regalia: The ceremony begins with a formal procession of faculty and students. Therefore, students are required to wear cap and gown. To rent graduation regalia, and to buy senior rings, etc., please visit the Graduation Department of the Cal Student Store.

Departmental Honors: The Mathematics Department will present honors cords at the ceremony to students who have met or who are projected to meet the three requirements for Departmental Honors: 1) An overall grade point average of at least 3.3, 2) An upper-division major GPA of at least 3.5, and 3) completion of Math 196 or completion of two graduate courses with grades of at least A- in each. Departmental honors will also be noted in the commencement program.  If you have questions about your eligibility for Departmental honors please contact Ana in 964 Evans (ana [dot] renteria26 [at] berkeley [dot] edu).  Students expecting departmental honors should indicate such in the commencement sign-up survey.  


Phi Beta Kappa: Membership in the Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) honorary society will be noted in the commencement program. Students who have joined PBK should indicate such in the commencement sign-up survey. Criteria for PBK membership can be found at

Your Diploma: Diplomas will be available about 3.5 months after the end of the term to your diploma mailing address in Cal Central.  See here for instructions on updating your diploma mailing address.  If you need proof of graduation before then, you can obtain a Certificate of Completion from the Office of the Registrar. Once your diploma has been prepared, you will receive it in the mail free of charge. 

Photographer: GradImages professional photographers will be taking pictures of graduates at our commencement this year. Pictures should be available to view, share, and order online at within a week following the ceremony. 

Parking: During commencements at UC Berkeley, student "S" Permit areas will be open to the public for a fee. Drivers much purchase their dispenser (DMT) ticket from the machine located in the lot and display it face-up on their dashboard. The dispenser ticket is only valid in "S" permit areas. Please read parking signs carefully.

The Telegraph/Channing Garage (operated by the City of Berkeley), located west of Telegraph between Channing Way and Durant Ave, is also available to the public.

For more information about commencement day parking, please see

Disability Accommodation: Please inform Jennifer Pinney in 967 Evans (jensixt [at] berkeley [dot] edu) if you or any of your guests require disability accommodations, (e.g., if they are disabled and/or will be using a wheelchair, if they need special seating, or if they need an assisted listening device). Information on the campus' Disability Access Services can be found at