2024 Mathematics Commencement Livestream

2024 UC Berkeley Department of Mathematics Commencement Ceremony

University of California, Berkeley will be holding its 

2024 Commencement Ceremony on

Friday, May 17, 2024 at 2pm in Zellerbach Auditorium

Speaker: Ravi Vakil

Musical Performance: Math Orchestra of Berkeley

UC Berkeley Mathematics is pleased to announce that we will be hosting an in-person commencement ceremony to celebrate our 2024 graduates on Friday, May 17, 2024. All Department of Mathematics undergraduate and graduate students graduating in Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024, and Fall 2024 are cordially invited to participate. We hope you will join us to recognize our students' wonderful achievements!  

How to Register for Commencement

Undergraduate Participants: 

Step 1: Complete the Mathematics Undergraduate Exit Survey, which will provide you with a link to the 2024 Mathematics Commencement Registration Form

Step 2: Complete and Submit the 2024 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 2024 Mathematics Commencement ceremony are required to first complete the Mathematics Undergraduate Exit Survey, which will then provide you with a link to the 2024 Mathematics Commencement Registration form; advance registration is required to participate. Both the Exit Survey and Registration form must be completed by Monday, April 22nd. Students who register by the April 22nd deadline may receive up to two free guest tickets.

Graduate Participants:

Graduate students must complete the Graduate Student Commencement Registration Form to participate. The deadline to register is Monday, April 22nd. Students who register by the April 22nd deadline may receive up to two free guest tickets.

Ticket Information

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. Pick-up dates and times for complimentary tickets will be sent to graduates directly. 

Additional guest tickets are currently for sale for $5 each through Cal Performances at; the direct link to the Mathematics Commencement ticket page is linked here. We do not impose a limit on the number of tickets that can be purchased per graduating student. All guests, including infants/children, will need a ticket to enter the venue; for children 5 and under please select a "Child" ticket, which is offered at no charge. 

Guests can also purchase tickets by phone (510) 642-9988 and in person at Zellerbach Hall during regular business hours. The Box Office's regular business hours are Tuesday-Friday, 12:00pm-5:30pm, Saturday-Sunday, 1:00pm-5:00pm; the Box Office will also be open the day of the ceremony so guests can also buy tickets upon their arrival. We encourage you to order your tickets online as phone lines and the ticket window have been quite busy due to Cal Performances' 2024-25 season announcement and sales. Tickets purchased online will be delivered by email only. Mail and will call delivery methods are not available.

Students should email if they have not received their E-tickets or if they have any general questions.

COVID-19 Precautions

The Mathematics Commencement Ceremony will be following the current Cal Performances COVID-19 protocols

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 meeting of the graduation procession scheduled to begin promptly at 1:00 pm in Cross Sproul Path.

Doors will open for guest seating at 1:00 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 link to the livestream will be posted on this website.

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

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). 

For Departmental Honors

The day of the ceremony, the Mathematics Department will gift honors cords 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 (, Marsha Snow (, or Hanh Tran ( Students expecting departmental honors should indicate such in the commencement registration form.  

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. 

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 CalCentral “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


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. 


Information on commencement day parking is available here.

Special Seating and Other Accommodations for Guests

To request special guest accommodations, please fill out our Accommodation Request Form by Monday, April 22nd. 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

More questions? 

If you have any additional commencement questions, please contact Vicky Lee at

The Berkeley Mathematics Faculty and Staff can't wait to celebrate this special occasion with you all!