Commencement

2013 Berkeley Law Commencement

The Ceremony

School of Law (Berkeley Law)
Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 15th, 2015 at 9 a.m.
Commencement will be held at the Hearst Greek Theatre

7:30 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 Strada.
8:00 a.m. Gates open at the Hearst Greek Theatre for guest seating.
8:30 a.m. Processional leaves the Law School.
9:00 a.m.

Graduation ceremony begins.

Speakers

Guest Speakers: Preet Bharara 

Preet Bharara is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  Mr. Bharara, who has served as U.S. Attorney since 2009,  was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time Magazine in 2012 and featured on a Time cover article entitled “This Man is Busting Wall Street.” He has earned national acclaim for aggressively prosecuting white collar crime, including insider trading and other financial fraud on Wall Street. He has also charged several former and current elected officials in corruption cases and acted against organized crime.  Mr. Bharara has delivered graduation addresses at, among other places, Harvard Law School (2014) and Columbia Law School (2013).

Faculty Speaker: Andrew Bradt

Andrew Bradt, Assistant Professor of Law, is a scholar of civil procedure, conflict of laws, and remedies.  His current research focuses on the adaptation of procedural and choice-of-law systems to large-scale multijurisdictional litigation, with a particular interest in federal multidistrict litigation.

Prior to joining the faculty at Boalt, Professor Bradt graduated from Harvard College (2002) and Harvard Law School (2005), clerked for the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Patti B. Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.  Professor Bradt serves as the faculty co-chair of the Judicial Clerkships Committee at Boalt and is universally adored by his students.

2013 law grads in regalia laughing and clapping at commencement

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 14th, 2015.  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.

Disability Accommodations

For wheelchair seating at the Greek Theatre, please email the Student Services Advisor at Boalt Hall, or call her at (510) 642-3263. The Student Services Advisor also serves as the contact person for any other disability accommodations (e.g.: sign-language interpretation). Advance notice is required.

Regalia

You will be able to order your cap and gown, announcements, and diploma frames online. We will provide more information and details as the date approaches.  

Weather

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.

Parking

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 the Foothill Lot and the Underhill Lot. Parking is also available for a fee at the Maxwell Field Lot, which is privately owned.

Disabled persons with certified handicapped placards or license plates may park at no charge in disabled spaces.

Driving Directions

Driving directions to the law school and campus are available at http://www.law.berkeley.edu/administration/visitors/directions.html.

Photographs                

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. 

Diplomas

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 Berkeley Registrar's diploma website.

Post-Graduation Reception

LOCATION: Boalt Hall courtyards and rooftop terrace

TIME: 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Career Development

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: mgrenhart@law.berkeley.edu.

Boalt treats this information as confidential releasing 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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