Dear Class of 2020, their families, and friends,


The Math Department wants to acknowledge that these unusual times must feel particularly difficult for you as no one could have anticipated that the Class of 2020 would wrap up their final months with Cal remotely. 


As you are aware, the Spring 2020 General Commencement is postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions on gatherings. Campus had previously recommended that colleges, schools, and departments find alternative ways to honor this year's graduating class that didn’t include formal ceremonies. On July 22, campus announced that all department-sponsored in-person events on the main campus are canceled through Dec. 31, 2020 so the department will not be able to host any kind of in-person event for the Class of 2020 this Fall. Assuming large gatherings can be held again this time next year, the department encourages the Class of 2020 to attend our Spring 2021 ceremony.


In the shorter term, the department has a few fun ways to celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments of the Class of 2020. On August 21, we will post a graduation slideshow, words of encouragement for graduates, and information about awards, prizes, and honors on this websiteIn the meantime, please see below for actions we hope you will take.


Graduation Checklist for Undergraduate Students:

  • Complete this anonymous exit survey by August 10. After completing the exit survey, you will be taken to the online registration form so you can let us know that you want to be included in online commencement materials. This is also where you will submit your graduation slide.

  • Create and share your very own graduation slide between now and August 10 (you will submit this as part of the registration form). 


Graduation Checklist for Graduate Students:

  • Create and share your very own graduation slide between now and August 10. If you don't want to create a slide, you are also invited to simply upload a photo of yourself. Slides and photos can be emailed to ctobolski [at] berkeley [dot] edu

  • Complete this anonymous exit survey by July 31. 

  • Complete the Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR) for AMS (attached to this email) and email to Isabel Seneca, isabel [dot] seneca [at] berkeley [dot] edu, by August 10. 


Graduation Checklist for Family and Friends:

  • Share your words of encouragement with us between now and August 10. We will incorporate your message into our graduation slideshow.

  • Encourage your graduate(s) to register online between now and August 10 so we can include their accomplishments on this website.

If you have any questions or trouble accessing any of the above forms, please contact Christine Tobolski at ctobolski [at] berkeley [dot] edu.