University of California, Berkeley

will be holding its 

2023 Commencement Ceremony

on Friday, May 19, 2023

at 2pm in Zellerbach Auditorium

Speaker: To be Announced

Musical Performance: Math Orchestra of Berkeley

Berkeley Mathematics is pleased to announce that we will be hosting an in-person commencement ceremony to celebrate our 2023 graduates. All Mathematics & Applied Math majors (as well as Mathematics, Applied Math, and Logic MA and PhD students) graduating Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023, and Fall 2023 are cordially invited to participate in commencement. More details to come in early 2023. 



The live stream video of our 2022 Commencement Ceremony is brought to you by Bay Streaming.

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How To Register for Commencement: 

Undergraduate Participants:

Step 1: Complete the Mathematics Undergraduate Exit Survey, which will provide you with a link to the 2023 Mathematics Commencement Registration Form


Step 2: Complete and Submit the 2023 Mathematics Commencement Registration Form. You will receive an email confirmation and copy of your registration form after you’ve submitted the form.


Undergraduates who wish to participate in the 2023 Mathematics Commencement ceremony are required to first complete the Mathematics Undergraduate Exit Survey, which will then provide you with a link to the 2023 Mathematics Commencement Registration form; advance registration is required to participate. Both the Exit Survey and Registration form must be completed by Monday, April 24th. Students who register by the April 24th deadline may receive up to two free guest tickets.


Graduate Participants:

Complete the 2023 Mathematics Graduate Commencement Registration Form. You will receive an email confirmation and copy of your registration form after you’ve submitted the form.

The deadline to register is Monday, April 24th. Students who register by this April deadline will receive two free guest tickets, and the option to purchase more ($5 per ticket).


How to Get Tickets: 

Registered undergraduate and graduate participants are eligible to receive up to two free guest tickets. Graduates will not need a ticket for themselves to enter Zellerbach Auditorium. Once available, registered graduates will be able to pick up their complimentary tickets in the Mathematics Main Office (970 Evans). Pick-up dates and times for tickets will be announced.


Additional tickets will be for sale for $5 each through Cal Performances. Dates for ticket sales will be announced shortly.


COVID-19 Precautions:

The Mathematics Commencement Ceremony will be following the current Cal Performances COVID-19 protocols. Up-to-date vaccinations are strongly recommended, though not required.


On The Day of The Ceremony: 

All graduates participating in the ceremony must arrive at Zellerbach no later than 12:30 pm. There will be a mandatory dress rehearsal of the graduation procession scheduled to begin promptly at 1:00 pm in the foyer of Zellerbach Auditorium.


Doors will open for guest seating at 1:30 pm.


The ceremony is expected to last approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes. An outdoor reception will immediately follow the ceremony in front of Zellerbach Auditorium.


Ceremony Live Stream & Recording:

For guests who cannot attend in-person, the Department of Mathematics plans to provide a live stream and recording of our commencement ceremony. The livestream will be featured at the top of this page.   


Graduation Regalia: 

The ceremony begins with a formal procession of faculty and students. Therefore, all students are required to wear regalia (cap and gown). If you have questions or concerns about this requirement, or if graduation regalia presents a barrier to your participation in the ceremony, please contact Vicky Lee at vickyalee [at] berkeley [dot] edu.


Undergraduate Regalia:

To rent graduation regalia, and to purchase stoles, diploma frames etc., please visit the Graduation Department of the Cal Student Store (located on Sproul Plaza). 


Graduate Regalia:

The Mathematics Department will gift graduate student participants with a PhD or MA hood. Students must either purchase or rent their gown and tam/cap. The gown and tam can be purchased in-person from the Cal Student Store (located on Sproul Plaza); make sure to buy the items separately rather than in the set (since a fine quality hood will be provided). If you want to purchase a "fine quality" gown and tam, you can check out, Phinished Gown, or CapGown, which are online retailers. 


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 one of our Undergraduate Advisors, Thomas Brown (brown [at] math [dot] berkeley [dot] edu), Marsha Snow (snow [at] math [dot] berkeley [dot] edu), or Hanh Tran (hanhmtran [at] berkeley [dot] edu). Students expecting departmental honors should indicate such in the commencement registration form.  


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 here.


Your Diploma: 

Diplomas will be mailed to your Cal Central “Diploma Mailing Address” approximately 4 months after the end of your graduation term. See here for instructions on updating your diploma mailing address. Once your diploma has been prepared, you will receive it in the mail free of charge. 


Undergraduates needing proof of graduation prior to receiving their diploma can find information on options for degree verification on the Office of the Registrar's website.


Graduate students needing a certificate of completion will receive one automatically after completing the dissertation filing process. The Graduate Office can also provide a degree verification letter on department letterhead. If you encounter issues with receiving a degree certificate or would like a verification letter from the department, please contact Clay Calder at jccalder [at] berkeley [dot] edu.



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



Guests wishing to buy flowers for their graduates will be able to do so in front of Zellerbach Auditorium. 



Parking information will be available by the end of March. Information on commencement day parking will be available here.


Special Seating and Other Accommodations for Guests:

To request special guest accommodations, please fill out our Accommodation Request Form by Monday, May 1st. We will be in touch with more details and will do our best to accommodate your needs. 


If you would like more information about campus accessibility and physical access features, please go to


If you have any additional commencement questions, please contact Vicky Lee at vickyalee [at] berkeley [dot] edu. The Berkeley Mathematics Faculty and Staff can't wait to celebrate this special occasion with you all! 

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