Commencement 2024 - Logistics

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The Berkeley School of Education's commencement will be held Friday, May 17, 2024, celebrating those who have earned their Masters and Doctoral degrees in education with an in-person ceremony at Zellerbach Hall.

The ceremony starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. Graduates and faculty must arrive by 6:00 p.m. After the ceremony, join us for light refreshments on the plaza in front of Zellerbach Hall. A flower vendor and a professional photographer will be at Zellerbach Hall. Guests are welcome to take photos and videos and bring their own flowers and gifts. No balloons are allowed in the auditorium.

Ticketing, Seating, Guest Information

  • Graduates can purchase commencement ceremony tickets for guests in April. Guests must present their ticket to gain admittance to Zellerbach Hall. Please note that graduates will line up outside of  Zellerbach Hall at 6:00 p.m. and ticketed guests will be welcomed to enter starting at 6:15 p.m. Guests who arrive late will be asked to quietly take their seats at the back so there is no disruption to the ceremony.
  • Commencement tickets are available via, or by phone (510) 642-9988, or in person at the Zellerbach Hall Box Office during their business hours.
  • Purchased tickets 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.
  • All commencement ticket sales are final. No refunds, no exceptions.
  • Disability accommodations for graduates and guests: If you or any of your guests require accommodations for disabilities (e.g., wheelchair seating, sign language interpreter, etc.), please contact Jeanette Luong at
  • All seating is general admission, not reserved, and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Graduates will be seated at the front center section of the auditorium. PhD graduates will be seated on the stage alongside the faculty. Here is a short video on how the PhD faculty advisor will place each graduate’s hood over their head. The hooding of PhD graduates dates back to the 12th century and signifies the graduate’s new doctoral status. After the hooding, PhD graduates can forevermore use the honorific “Dr.” before their name, and “PhD” after their name.

Caps, Gowns, and Regalia

Graduates are responsible for providing their own regalia. Caps and gowns may be purchased from the Cal Student Store. For more information regarding caps and gowns, graduation announcements, and ordering yearbooks, please visit the Cal Student Store website or the brick-and-mortar store at 2495 Bancroft Way. Regalia can be purchased from other vendors, though it’s important to be sure the regalia matches UC Berkeley's colors as shown on the Cal Student Store website.

The color of the hood by degree:

  • MA in Education: white
  • PhD in Education: royal blue
  • EdD:  powder blue

Watch short videos on how to wear academic regalia on Berkeley Engineering's YouTube channel.


We recommend taking public transportation. Reserved parking is not available for commencement. If you choose to drive, please consult the campus map for directions. Parking may be available in campus parking lots on a first-come, first-served basis. You may also park in the surrounding city parking lots.

Rates, hours, and restrictions in both campus and city lots may vary. Read all parking signs carefully.


The Berkeley School of Education wants to make the commencement ceremony accessible for all graduates and guests. If you or your guests attending the ceremony require accommodations, please contact Jeanette Luong,

Information on accessible parking spots can be found on the campus Parking and Transportation Department's website.

Commencement Photos

Professional photographers from GradImages Photo will photograph every graduate at the moment the scroll is given. For information about ordering photos, visit the GradImages website.

Printed Program

The names of degree candidates who register for commencement on time will be printed in the program. Upon request, a PDF of the commencement program is available for download and printing.

Non-Graduating Students, and Staff

Berkeley School of Education’s non-graduating students and staff are invited to attend commencement. Pick up a complimentary ticket from Student Services on the 4th floor of Berkeley Way West beginning on Monday, May 6. Student Services team members are available Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to Noon, and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may also make an appointment by sending an email to Please note: the last day to pick up a complimentary ticket is Thursday, May 16 by 4:00 p.m.

More Information

Students who are planning to participate in the commencement ceremony are required to submit this participation form by April 14, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.


Additional questions about commencement? Send an email to

Stay Safe

Zellberbach Hall's auditorium is a state-of-the-art performance venue. Visitors are not required to show proof of a vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter. Face coverings are optional. Additional safety recommendations are on the UC Berkeley COVID-19 resources website.