Berkeley Law will hold a virtual commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021 on May 21st at 9am. Berkeley Law graduates do not need to register in order to participate. The ceremony will be live-streamed, and recorded. We will keep this page updated as additional details are finalized.   


Please see the excerpt below from an email Dean Erwin Chemerinsky sent on April 5th, 2021 with additional information. 

Dear Berkeley Law Class of 2021,

I know that commencement is enormously important to you and to your families. Like you, I was terribly disappointed by Chancellor Christ’s announcement that there will not be in-person commencement ceremonies this May on the Berkeley campus. The students on our Commencement Committee repeatedly reached out to Chancellor Christ and appealed for the possibility of an in-person commencement with social distancing. Unfortunately, she decided that this is not possible.

I asked the Commencement Committee for its recommendations about commencement. The Committee, which is chaired by Kyle Valenti, includes representatives of the graduating classes and also staff members who are involved with commencement. At the end of last week, the Committee presented me its recommendations. 

The Committee recommends a live virtual commencement ceremony on May 21st and a postponed commencement ceremony and reception for the Class of 2021 over alumni reunion weekend in 2022.

I accept the Committee’s recommendations. We will have a live virtual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 21, with Bryan Stevenson as the speaker, along with student and faculty speakers. We will hold a postponed in-person commencement ceremony and reception for the Class of 2021 over alumni reunion weekend in 2022.  Also, the campus is arranging for graduates to be able to go to Greek Theater and have their photo taken this May.  Details for all of this will be forthcoming.


I wish you all the best for your last weeks of classes and your final set of exams.



Rental commencement regalia can now be ordered online to be shipped to your home at

Make sure you choose your correct degree when ordering your regalia. The last day to order regalia online with regular shipping is April 25th, 2021 at 8:59 pm PST. Orders can still be made until April 29th, 2021 but you will be charged rush shipping. Please note that these deadlines are in place to ensure that you will receive the regalia in time for the May 21st virtual Law School ceremony. If you want your regalia sooner, we recommend you order at least three weeks in advance of when you hope to receive it. Questions about regalia can be directed to Berkeley Law’s Herff Jones representatives at

Disability Accommodations

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or anything else to participate in this event fully, please contact Kyle Kate Dudley at 510-664-4386 / with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.


For questions or comments regarding this section, please contact Student Services.