Commencement 2020 Information and Registration

The Spring 2020 Economics Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 18 at 2pm in the Greek Theatre.

Economics 2020 Commencement registration is CLOSED.  Registration will open in April 2020.

NEW SECURITY PROCEDURES AT THE GREEK

New this season, all patrons entering the Greek Theatre will be required to walk through metal detectors at the entrances to the venue. Please ensure that you arrive early enough to allow for this new security step and to ensure that you are in your seat and ready for the ceremony on time!

 

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER

The speaker for the Spring 2020 Economics Commencement Ceremony is Susan Athey, the Economics of Technology Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She received her bachelor's degree from Duke University and her PhD from Stanford, and she holds an honorary doctorate from Duke University. She previously taught at the economics departments at MIT, Stanford and Harvard. Her current research focuses on the economics of digitization, marketplace design, and the intersection of econometrics and machine learning. She has worked on several application areas, including timber auctions, internet search, online advertising, the news media, and the application of digital technology to social impact applications. As one of the first "tech economists," she served as consulting chief economist for Microsoft Corporation for six years, and now serves on the boards of Expedia, Lending Club, Rover, Turo, and Ripple, as well as non-profit Innovations for Poverty Action. She also serves as a long-term advisor to the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, helping architect and implement their auction-based pricing system. She is the director of the Shared Prosperity and Innovation Initiative at Stanford GSB, and associate director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artifical Intelligence. For more information, visit https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/faculty-research/faculty/susan-athey.

 

ARRIVAL AT THE GREEK THEATRE and RECEPTION

The doors will open for graduates and guests an hour before the ceremony. Graduates and guests are STRONGLY encoruaged to arrive early due to increased security clearance procedures. All patrons will be required pass through metal detectors at all entrances and can expect 20-25 minute wait time to enter the theatre. Please plan accordingly. Graduates must be backstage at the Greek Theatre no later than 1:00 pm.  If your guests require special seating, please have them arrive at the Greek Theatre no later than 1:00 pm so they can be situated before the crowds arrive. The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.  There will be an informal reception immediately following the ceremony on Memorial Glade.

 

PARTICIPATION

Anyone who finished/is finishing their coursework in summer 2019/2020, fall 2019/2020, or spring 2020 is welcome to participate in the Commencement ceremony and should put their names in the Commencement Program. Only students who are actually finishing all their requirements and receiving a Spring degree should put their names on the Spring Degree List (on Cal Central). The deadline to sign up to participate in commencement will be Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

Students can click on the registration link at the bottom of this page (available in April) to register for commencement. If you are not participating in the cermony but still want your name in the official program, please complete the registration process.

 

TICKETS

Starting in May, economics students participating in the commencement ceremony must pick-up their name card at 539 Evans Hall during regular business hours: Monday- Friday, 9am-5pm. Your name card will be required for your entrance into the Greek Theater. Graduates do not need to purchase a ticket to participate in the ceremony.

Every guest (including children) must have a ticket to be admitted to the ceremony. There is no limit to the number of tickets you may purchase. Seating is by general admission. Tickets will be available for purchase online, by phone, or in person at The Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall beginning April. Tickets prices are $10 (not including fees).  Ticket office is closed on Mondays.

Children ages 2 and younger: Complimentary tickets for children ages 2 and younger will be available for pick-up in advance of the ceremony at The Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall On the day of the ceremony, complimentary tickets for children 2 and younger can be picked up at the Greek Theatre Box Office.

Tickets will also be available for purchase the day of the ceremony at the Greek Theatre Box Office.  The Box Office will be open from 1:00pm- 2:30pm on the day of the ceremony. Tickets can be bought with either cash or check. Checks should be made payable to "The UC Regents." Please purchase the appropriate number of tickets, we cannot process refunds.

Seating is first-come, first-served for guests who are already present (i.e. saving seats will not work), and your guests may have to climb the steep steps to sit on the grassy hillside above the concrete bleacher seating. The Greek Theatre is open to the elements and you and your guests should be prepared for any kind of weather and a wide range of temperatures. There are no indoor, temperature controlled areas at the Greek Theatre. It may be very cold on a foggy morning, becoming very hot if the sun comes out. Sunscreen is highly recommended, as are blankets and/or layered clothing. Guests and students should dress accordingly. Commencement will take place rain or shine.

 

CAPS, GOWNS, and HONOR CORDS

Cap and gowns will be available for purchase at the Cal Student Store in the Graduation Department. Questions should be directed to the store at 510-229-4703, or visit them at their new location on 2495 Bancroft Way. 

Honor Cords will be available for pick-up in May at 539 Evans Hall for students who completed (or have in progress) Econ H195B (Economics Honors Thesis).

 

PARKING 

We strongly encourage carpooling and use of public transportation if possible.  Parking on campus can be limited, and availability and price varies.  Please note there is a curbside drop-off area on Gayley Road just north of the Greek Theatre entrance for passengers with mobility disabilities who prefer to minimize the travel distance to the Greek Theatre. Payment for parking is CREDIT CARD ONLY - NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED. Visa, MC, Discoer, and AmEx accepted.

For more information about parking, see the Parking and Transportation website.  Please note the Economics Department does not manage event parking in any way.

 

ACCESSIBILITY

The Greek Theater is wheelchair accessible. Patrons who use wheelchairs or have limited mobility may be dropped off at the North gate entrance via the wheelchair ramp in front of the Ticket Office or the wheelchair ramp at the South Gate entrance. Guests should arrive early to ensure seating in our accssible areas. Wheelchair accessible seating can be found near both north and south side entrances of the Greek. 

If you require an accomodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Alicia Mandac, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Student Services at mandac@berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible.

 

PROHIBITED ITEMS AT GREEK THEATRE

The following items are PROHIBITED inside the Greek Theatre:

  • LARGE BAGS OR BACKPACKS
  • GLASS BOTTLES / ALUMINUM CANS
  • ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
  • COOLERS / ICE CHESTS
  • BABY STROLLERS (designated parking is available inside)
  • SKATEBOARDS / BICYCLES / SCOOTERS
  • MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
  • FIREWORKS
  • NOISE-MAKERS / AIRHORNS
  • ROLLS OF TOILET PAPER
  • BALLOONS (may be tied-off at the entrance gates at own discretion)
  • UMBRELLAS
  • SIGNS / BANNERS / FLAGS
  • TRIPODS FOR CAMERAS
  • ANIMALS (with the exception of documented service animals)
  • LAWN FURNITURE OR CHAIRS (small blankets, cushions, and low-backed stadium seats are OK)
  • ANY ITEMS THAT CAN BE PERCEIVED AS WEAPONS

There is no bag or coat check available. All bags are subject to search.

 

PICTURES

A professional photographer from Grad Images will take pictures of graduates as they receive their scrolls, as well as additional pictures prior to and during the ceremony. Although there is no obligation to buy these, information will be available if you do wish to purchase them. The economics ceremony is not professionally videotaped or made available for purchase. 

 

FLOWERS

Flowers will be sold outside of the Greek Theatre.

 

DIPLOMAS

Diplomas are not given out at the commencement ceremony. They are available approximately 4 months after you graduate (October for Spring degrees, December for Summer degrees, and April for Fall degrees) and can either be mailed to you or picked up. Contact the Office of the Registrar at 642-4721 or see the web site at Records/Transcript for the most current information.

 

LODGING AND DINING

Visitors from out of the Bay Area may wish to contact UC Berkeley Visitors Services at 642-5215. Information on local accommodations can be found at the Berkeley Visitors Bureau.

 

REGISTRATION

Economics 2020 Commencement registration is CLOSED. 

 

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