Commencement at the College of Environmental Design: Sunday, May 19, 2019
The CED Commencement ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 19th, 2019 at 7:00 PM in Zellerbach Auditorium. Graduating students must arrive outside Zellerbach Hall at Lower Sproul Plaza by 6:00 PM. The Commencement Reception will take place prior to the ceremony at 4:30 PM at Wurster Courtyard. Light snacks and refreshments will be served, and all are welcome to attend.
Therese W. McMillan To Speak at 2019 Commencement Ceremony
Therese McMillan has served as the Chief Planning Officer for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) since April 2016. In that capacity, she provides executive leadership for Metro’s planning, grant funding, and real estate functions. Key responsibilities include implementing the agency’s “Measure M” transportation sales tax ordinance; developing the countywide long range transportation plan; strategic fund program administration; focused initiatives in transportation equity and community engagement, transit-oriented development, “active transportation” planning and projects; and Metro’s contributions to the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Prior to joining LA Metro, McMillan served as the Acting Administrator for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of the US Department of Transportation. During her almost seven years at FTA, McMillan led reforms in transit safety, emergency response and resiliency investment; capital planning and oversight, and civil rights program development and oversight, including Title VI and ADA.
Before her career at FTA, McMillan was Deputy Executive Director of Policy at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the regional planning and funding agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay area. During her time with MTC, Therese was an instructor in transportation funding and finance at the Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose State University. She earned her B.S. degree in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning at UC Davis, and joint Master’s degrees in City and Regional Planning, and Civil Engineering Science at UC Berkeley.
Therese is a recipient of several awards, including the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design Distinguished Alumni award (2011) and UC Davis College Agriculture and Environmental Studies Award of Distinction- Alumni (2016); Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) National Woman of the Year (2016); and a Conference of Minority Transportation Officials “Women Moving the Nation” recipient (2013).
Information Regarding Ticketing for Commencement:
Beginning on Thursday, April 5 each registered graduating student can pick up 2 complimentary tickets and a voucher. This voucher enables them to purchase 2 additional tickets from the Zellerbach Ticket Office. Please note that these vouchers will only remain valid through April 22. Complimentary tickets will be available for pickup only through April 30th. Any remaining comp tickets will go on sale starting May 1st.
Students can pick up their comp tickets and voucher from Wurster Room 477. If unable to pick up your tickets in person, please email email@example.com to make alternative arrangements. Students must complete the commencement registration form to be eligible to receive tickets and a voucher. Students must present valid identification at the time of pickup.
Wurster 477 Hours: Monday-Friday from 9:00am-noon and 1:00-5:00pm.
Purchasing Additional Tickets:
During the first round of ticket sales (April 5-22) students can purchase 2 tickets per voucher from the Zellerbach Ticket Office for $10 each. Students must present their voucher to the ticket office in order to purchase. Depending on how many tickets are left after April 22, we will announce a second round of sales shortly thereafter.
Since tickets are so limited, sstudents are encouraged to coordinate with your classmates if you are looking for more tickets.
Zellerbach Ticket Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday from noon-5:30pm and Saturday-Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm
- Participants/Graduating students do not need tickets, they are for guests only.
- Zellerbach Auditorium requires ALL guests have a ticket to enter (including infants and children!)
- No tickets are required for the Reception event at Wurster Courtyard. Students are welcome to bring their friends and family.
- WE CANNOT REPLACE LOST TICKETS OR CED ISSUED VOUCHERS!!! PLEASE KEEP THEM SAFE!
Undergraduate Student Survey and Checklist
CED UNDERGRADUATES ONLY: See the CED Undergraduate Graduation & Commencement webpage for everything you need to know about checking eligibility for graduation, registering for commencement, and more! Complete the CED Senior Exit Survey (linked to from the graduation page) by Friday, April 5. When you are finished, you will be directed to the commencement RSVP system.
The following information has been provided by the Cal Student Store. Contact them with any questions either in person at 2560 Bancroft Way or by calling (510) 230-2375.
Caps and Gowns
The Graduation Department opens in TBD for cap and gown purchases as well as announcements, diploma covers, and other graduation products.
Students have the option of wearing a UC Berkeley or ethnically-significant stole during the graduation ceremony. The UCB stole is a length of satin with a special embroidered UCB seal patch, and can be worn by any student to decorate the graduation gown. Especially nice for graduation pictures and regal-looking when worn in ceremony, the stole is available for purchase at the Cal Student Store.
The stole hangs around the back of the neck, with the two ends lying flat on the chest. Because of the fine satin, the stole tends to slip during heavy movement, so we recommend pinning the stole from the inside to the graduation gown. Stoles can be embroidered to include the name of a fraternity/sorority, student organization/club, sports team, or with “Class of 2014.” Often stoles are given to the organization's seniors as a congratulatory gift. They can also be worn unembroidered with just the patch.
Hood Colors for Students
Please note that for the College of Environmental Design, Master's students should receive “Chocolate Brown” hoods from the student store and Ph.D. students should receive Blue and Gold hoods.
If you are graduating with honors, you are eligible to purchase an honor cord to wear during your ceremony. You may purchase an honor cord at the Cal Student Store.
Grade-point average cutoffs and guidelines for undergraduate honors are posted on the CED undergraduate advising website.
EOP Graduation Gown Lending Project
For over 40 years, the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at Cal has provided first-generation, low-income and underrepresented college students with the guidance and resources necessary to succeed at the best public university in the world. The EOP Graduation Gown Lending Project helps to alleviate the cost of commencement caps and gowns for EOP students. Please consider donating any black graduation gowns you may own to EOP to help future first-generation and low-income students be the next cohort to graduate from UC Berkeley. To see how you can donate, please contact EOP at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 642-7224.
Portrait sessions for the UC Berkeley undergraduate yearbook take place during the spring semester. To be included in the UC Berkeley yearbook, sign up for Senior Portraits here by creating an account with the school password: GoBears. Contact email@example.com or visit www.facebook.com/calyearbook with questions. Also, see the Blue & Gold Yearbook website for more information.
Graduation Fair (MYGRAD Event)
TBD the Cal Student Store's graduation fair takes place, where you may:
- Order grad packs, gown rentals, and announcements.
- Order class rings, yearbooks, diploma frames, Alumni Association membership, and post-graduation planning with the Career Center and Kaplan testing services.
- Enter a drawing for the chance to win prizes!
Visit the Cal Student Store or call (510) 230-2375 for more information.