The Ceremony

Date: Friday, May 10, 2019 at 9:00 am

Keynote Speaker: Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

Faculty Speaker: tba

Commencement will be held at the Hearst Greek Theatre. Tickets are required.

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.


 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.  Students away from Berkeley Law 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 Director of Student Services at Berkeley Law, or call him at (510) 642-3263. 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.


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.  


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.


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 here.


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 Berkeley Registrar’s Diploma Website

Post-Graduation Reception

LOCATION: Berkeley Law 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, which will be added here closer to the date of commencement. 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 Liz Granlund at (for the J.D. survey) or the ADP Office at (for the LL.M. survey).

Berkeley Law 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 J.D. grads 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. LL.M. and J.S.D. alumni can contact

Help Us Stay in Touch

When your phone, e-mail, name or address information changes, please let us know by contacting the Alumni Office (J.D. grads) or (LL.M. and J.S.D. grads).

Information About Berkeley & the San Francisco Bay Area

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UC Berkeley Campus Visitor Services
San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau
Oakland International Airport
San Francisco International Airport

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