University of California, Berkeley

will be holding its


on Thursday, May 23, 2019

at 2pm in Zellerbach Auditorium

Speaker: Peter Sarnak


All Mathematics & Applied Math majors (as well as Mathematics, Applied Math, and Logic MA and PhD students) graduating Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019, and Fall 2019 are cordially invited to participate in commencement.


How To Sign Up For Commencement

The deadline to register for commencement was April 22, 2019. Undergraduates who wish to participate in the Math Commencement but who didn't complete the online registration form must email Christine Tobolski as soon as possible to find out what their options are. Graduate students should contact their advisor Vicky Lee.

All graduating Math students who registered to attend our departmental ceremony by the April 22 deadline will be listed in our Mathematics Commencement Ceremony program. Some individuals have received notifications from Cal's Parent Philanthropy and Engagement program about an "in honor of" student list in the UC Berkeley 2019 Commencement Ceremony program. To clarify, that is for campus' general commencement ceremony, not our departmental commencement ceremony.


How to Get Tickets

Students who registered online by the April 22 deadline are eligible for up to two free tickets. Starting Friday, April 26, undergraduates can pick up their tickets from their advisors in 964 and 965 Evans Hall and graduate students can pick up their tickets from their advisor in 910 Evans. Additional tickets will be $5 and may be purchased in person through Cal Performances or online, starting Friday, April 26. Tickets that haven't been picked up by Monday, May 20, will be given back to Cal Performances to sell at the box office.


Special Seating and Other Accommodations

The deadline to request special accommodations was Monday, May 6.


Special seating can be arranged for guests who cannot manage stairs. Special seating guest(s) should be dropped off at the Passenger loading zone (white curb) on Bancroft Avenue--the city allows a maximum of three minutes in this zone--or you may pay for parking in the Lower Sproul Garage. From the garage, there is an accessible elevator that can be used in Eshleman Hall to get to the front doors of Zellerbach. The ADA entrance to Zellerbach is located at the 4th lobby door nearest the Ticket Office. Please wait here with your party until a House Manager provides further instruction.


Communications accommodations can be arranged for guests or graduates who require a listening device, CART services, or ASL support if they submitted a request prior to the May 6 deadline. Assisted listening devices and T-Coil Loops will require guests to present their Photo ID to a House Manager.


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


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. All students participating in the ceremony should arrive at Zellerbach no later than 12:30pm. Doors will open for guest seating at 1:30pm. Live streaming will begin at 2pm and will be accessible via the UC Berkeley Mathematics Facebook page. The ceremony will last approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes. A reception will follow in front of Zellerbach Auditorium, on Lower Sproul Plaza. 


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 Jennifer 966 Evans (jensixt [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.



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.



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.



Bay Streaming will livestream the ceremony starting at 2pm PST. To view the livestream at that time, click here


During commencements at UC Berkeley, student "S" Permit areas will be open to the public for a fee. Drivers must 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, click here.