Commencement at the College of Environmental Design: Sunday, May 13, 2018
The CED Commencement ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 13th, 2018 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.
Mabel O. Wilson to speak at 2018 Commencement Ceremony
Mabel O. Wilson is a Professor of Architecture, a co-director of the Global Africa Lab (GAL) and the Associate Director at the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. She is currently the spring 2018 Howard A. Friedman Visiting Professor of Practice at the College of Environmental Design.
Wilson is currently writing Building Race and Nation, a book about how slavery influenced early American civic architecture. She has authored Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture (2016) and Negro Building: African Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums (2012). She is a member of the design team for the Memorial to Enslaved African American Laborers at the University of Virginia, and was recently one of twelve curators contributing to the Museum of Modern Art's current exhibition, “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Architecture.” Wilson is a founding member of Who Builds Your Architecture? (WBYA?) a collective that advocates for fair labor practices on building sites worldwide and whose work was most recently shown in a solo show at the Art Institute of Chicago.
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 Sunday, April 22. Complimentary tickets will be available for pickup only through Monday, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.