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School of Law (Berkeley Law)
Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 10 a.m.
Hearst Greek Theatre
|8:30 a.m.||Graduates arrive at the School of Law and check-in to receive a name card. Please assemble at the fountain in Kroeber Plaza between the School of Law and Kroeber Hall directly across the street from Cafe Strata.|
|9:00 a.m.||Gates open at the Hearst Greek Theatre for guest seating.|
|9:30 a.m.||Processional leaves the Law School.|
|10:00 a.m.||Graduation ceremony begins.|
Guest Speaker: TBA
Faculty Speaker: TBA
Tickets and Guests
Commencement is a ticketed event. Each graduating student will be allotted 12 tickets apiece (but you can ask for more if you need them). Students must pick up their tickets from the Office of Student Services by May 10, 2013. Students away from Boalt for their final semester can contact Student Services at (510) 643-2744 for tickets. The capacity of the Greek Theatre is approximately 7,000 seats (although approximately 2,000 of those are lawn seats - guests sitting on the lawn should bring a blanket or towel). The Greek Theatre gates will open one hour before the ceremony and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The highest attendance for a law school commencement was just under 4,000 people, so please be assured that there will be plenty of seating for everyone.
For wheelchair seating at the Greek Theatre, please email the Director of Student Services at Boalt Hall, or call her at (510) 664-4973. The Director of Student Services also serves as the contact person for any other disability accommodations (e.g.: sign-language interpretation). Advance notice is required.
Your cap and gown, announcements, and diploma frames can now be ordered online. After selecting "JD" or "LLM" from the drop-down menu and continuing to the next page, you will see tabs for "Announcements", "Cap & Gown", and "Diploma Frames". The website has a measuring tape you can print out to measure your cap size. The price for the cap & gown (with hood) is $67, before tax.
You are strongly urged to place your orders online, however, you can also order from the Boalt Bookstore (286 Simon Hall, between CDO and Student Services). The Boalt Bookstore is open Monday - Thursday 10am to 4:30pm and Fridays 10am to 3pm.
The last day to order your Cap & Gown products online is Sunday, March 31st. Any orders placed after that date will have to be done through the Boalt Bookstore and may incur additional fees. You will pick-up your regalia from Room 122 starting May 3rd.
To be announced.
The Greek Theatre is an outdoor venue and thus subject to the vagaries of the Bay Area's microclimates. Commencement is a rain-or-shine event, so please be prepared for meteorological contingencies. We recommend that audience members and graduates dress in layers and be prepared for varying weather. Check the weather before leaving your home at http://weather.berkeley.edu/.
We suggest that graduates and guests take public transportation or carpool if at all possible. Parking will otherwise be available for a fee at all campus parking lots, with the closest parking lots being Upper Hearst, Underhill, Foothill Lot and Bancroft.
Disabled persons with certified handicapped placards or license plates may park at no charge in disabled spaces.
Driving directions to the law school and campus are available at http://www.law.berkeley.edu/administration/visitors/directions.html.
Guests are welcome to take photographs during the processional and ceremony as long as they do not block the walkways. Each graduating student will have his or her photo taken by a professional photography company twice during the ceremony. JD students should visit Student Services to fill out a name card. LLM students should visit the ADP office to complete their name card. Name cards will be returned to students at check-in tables at the Law School on the day of the ceremony. Graduates carry this card with them to the commencement ceremony and, during the ceremony, hand it to the faculty announcer. After the ceremony, the name cards are given to the photographers who will mail proofs within one week of the ceremony.
At the graduation ceremony, graduates will receive a ceremonial scroll in lieu of an actual diploma. Approximately 4 months after your graduation date, you may obtain your diploma in person at the Office of the Registrar, 120 Sproul Hall, or you may request to have it mailed to you. Further information is available on the UC Registrar's website: http://registrar.berkeley.edu/?PageID=diplomas.html .
Post Graduation Reception
LOCATION: Boalt Hall - the courtyards and rooftop terrace
TIME: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Graduates should be sure to complete the online employment survey before the end of spring semester. To reach the survey click http://www.law.berkeley.edu/234.htm and then, once you have signed into b-Line, click on the Graduate Employment Survey quick link on the homepage. This type of information helps us improve on the advice we give to alums and future and prospective students. If you have encounter any difficulties in filling out the survey, please contact Marty Grenhart at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boalt treats this information as confidential releaseing employment information only in an aggregate statistical format -- with no individual identifying information -- on its website and to national surveying entities such as, NALP, U.S. News and the American Bar Association.
For those of you still in the job market, please make an appointment to see one of our attorney-counselors -- we want to know the type of work you are looking for so we are watching for opportunities for you and we can work together on a plan to individually assist you in landing a position.
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