Commencement 2020 Information and Registration

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

Economics 2020 Commencement registration is CLOSED.  Registration will open March 2, 2020. The deadline to sign up to participate in commencement is Monday, April 27, 2020. Find more details on commencement below.




The speaker for the Spring 2020 Economics Commencement Ceremony is Susan Athey, Economics of Technology Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

Susan received her bachelor's degree from Duke University and her PhD from Stanford, and she holds an honorary doctorate from Duke University. Susan 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. Susan 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. Susan 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 Artificial Intelligence. For more information, visit here



Economics students who have (or will be) completing all coursework in Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, or Fall 2020, are invited to participate in the Economics Commencement ceremony, and will have their name included in the commencement program upon registration. For students who have questions on commencement participation, please email

To register, students can click on the link at the bottom of this page (starting March 2). Students who do not wish to participate in the ceremony and still want their names in the official program should also complete the registration form.

Find more information on graduation requirements on the College of Letters & Science Graduation page here



Caps and gowns are available for purchase at the Cal Student Store in the Graduation Department. The Cal Student Store can be reached for questions at 510-229-4703, and is located on 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720. 

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

Starting in May, Economics students participating in the commencement ceremony must also pick-up their name card at 539 Evans Hall during regular business hours: Monday- Friday, 9am-5pm. Graduates are REQUIRED to bring their name card for entrance into the Greek Theater.



The Greek Theatre  will open for graduates and guests to enter an hour before the ceremony. Graduates and guests are STRONGLY encouraged to arrive early due to commencement day traffic and increased security clearance procedures. All graduates must be backstage at the Greek Theatre no later than 1:00 pm.

Additionally, if guests require special seating, please have them arrive at the Greek Theatre no later than 1:00 pm so they can be assisted before crowds arrive. 

The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. There will be an informal reception immediately following the ceremony on Memorial Glade.

The Greek Theatre is open to the elements and graduates and guests should be prepared for varying weather conditions and a range of temperatures consistent with the Bay Area. There are no indoor, temperature controlled areas at the Greek Theatre and guests and students should dress accordingly. Sunscreen is highly recommended, as are blankets and/or layered clothing. 

The commencement ceremony will take place rain or shine.



All attendees entering the Greek Theatre will be required to walk through metal detectors at the entrances to the venue; please expect a 20-25 minute wait time to enter the theatre and plan accordingly. The ceremony will begin at 2pm regardless of those waiting to get through security, and we encourage you to arrive early to ensure that you are in your seat and ready for the ceremony on time!



Participating graduates are not required to purchase a ticket for the commencement ceremony, and must bring their name card for entrance.

All guests (including children over age 2) must have a ticket to be admitted into the ceremony. There is no limit to the number of tickets students or guests may purchase. Tickets will be available for purchase online, by phone, or in person at the Zellerbach Hall Ticket Office beginning in March. Tickets prices are $10 (plus $2 fee per ticket).  Note: the Zellerbach Hall Ticket Office is closed on Mondays.

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 ensure the appropriate number of tickets are purchased, as refunds cannot be processed.

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  Zellerbach Hall Ticket Office.  On the day of the ceremony, complimentary tickets for children 2 and younger can be picked up at the Greek Theatre Box Office

All seating at the Greek Theatre is general admission and is first-come, first-served for guests who are already present (saving seats is not permitted). Guests are also welcome to sit on the grassy hillside above the concrete bleacher seating (note: the steps to the hillside are steep and may not be as accessible for some guests). 



The following items are PROHIBITED inside the Greek Theatre:

  • BABY STROLLERS (designated parking is available inside)
  • BALLOONS (may be tied-off at the entrance gates at own discretion)
  • ANIMALS (with the exception of documented service animals)
  • LAWN FURNITURE OR CHAIRS (small blankets, cushions, and low-backed stadium seats are OK)

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



We strongly encourage the use of public transportation or carpooling to the ceremony, if possible.  Parking on campus can be limited, and availability and prices may vary.  Please note there is a curbside, drop-off area on Gayley Road just north of the Greek Theatre entrance for passengers with mobility concerns who prefer to minimize the travel distance to the Greek Theatre. 

Payment for parking is CREDIT CARD ONLY - CASH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Visa, MC, Discover, and AmEx accepted. For more information about parking, see the Parking and Transportation website on Department Commencements here.  Please note that the Economics Department does not manage any event parking.



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

If attendees require accommodation 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 with as much advance notice as possible.



A professional photographer from GradImages will take pictures of graduates as they receive their scrolls, as well as additional pictures prior to and during the ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase these photos, and information will be available if guests do wish to purchase them from GradImages. The Economics ceremony is not professionally videotaped and no taped ceremony will be available for purchase. 



Flowers will be sold outside of the Greek Theatre.



Diplomas are not given out at the commencement ceremony. Diplomas are mailed about four months after the end of a student’s graduating term. More information on diplomas, graduation verification, etc. can be found on the College of Letters & Science website here and Office of the Registrar website here.



Information on lodging near Berkeley’s campus, and other local accommodations, can be found at Visit Berkeley. For more information on Berkeley campus tours, maps, and directions, please contact Berkeley Visitors Services.



Economics 2020 Commencement registration is CLOSED. 


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