US Attorney General Eric Holder to speak at Berkeley Law commencement

ATTENTION: General assignment and higher education reporters; weekend, photo, and TV news assignment desks


Susan Gluss, Berkeley Law,, 510-642-6936      

WHAT: The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law’s Commencement Ceremony 2013, an annual event honoring graduating law students: J.D. (Juris Doctor), J.S.P. (Doctor of Laws), LL.M. (Master of Laws) and Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy). More than 400 graduates in caps and gowns are expected to process across the stage at the Hearst Greek Theatre. The ceremony will include speeches and awards, and students, faculty, and administrators in traditional regalia.  

WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

WHERE: Hearst Greek Theatre on the southeast side of campus. See campus map. The entrance for credentialed news media is on Gayley Road, near University Dr., at the North Gate.  

WHO: This year’s keynote speaker is U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. Mr. Holder has held this position under the Obama administration since Feb. 2009. He has previously served as U.S. deputy attorney general during the Clinton administration, as a federal prosecutor, a D.C. Superior Court judge, and as a litigation partner in a private firm.  

Law Professor Melissa Murray will deliver the faculty speech and three graduates will also address the convocation: Javier Bravo on behalf of the LL.M. students, and Kate Nicole G. Blanco and Aaron J. Ver on behalf of the class of 2013.  

DETAILS: Credentialed news media wishing to cover commencement must R.S.V.P. by noon on Friday, May 10, to Susan Gluss, director of media relations, at or (510) 642-6936.  

On Saturday, media must bring news credentials with a government-issued photo I.D. and check in at the North Gate of the Greek Theatre entrance on Gayley Rd near University Dr. There is no reserved parking for news media, except in the case of TV trucks, which can receive a reserved parking space by making prior arrangements with Kim Natividad, director of student services at, or 510-642-4973.  

Videotapes of the speeches by Eric Holder and Melissa Murray will be available on the Berkeley Law Youtube channel within one week or so after the event.  

Click here for more information about Berkeley Law’s commencement ceremony.