Commencement 2021 Virtual Celebration

The Class of 2021 Economics Virtual Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 11am (PT). Please revisit this page on May 15, 2021 at 11am (PT) for our virtual commencement celebration.

Photo credit: GradImages



The speaker for the Spring 2021 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 with an expected graduation term (EGT) of Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021 are invited to participate in the Economics Virtual Commencement ceremony. For students who have questions on commencement participation, please email

  • Virtual Commencement: We are holding a virtual commencement on May 15, 2021 at 11am (PT) to celebrate our graduates and recognize the achievements of our Class of 2021. This will be available on YouTube. Students will be able to share this moment remotely with family and friends.

  • In-person, student-only processional (pending local public health guidelines and conditions): An in-person, student-only processional of the Greek Theatre will be held on May 16-20, 2021. This is organized through the campus commencement team and not the Economics Department. Please refer to our FAQ below and the campus commencement website for questions and updates.

Find more information on the College of Letters and Science graduation requirements click 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 mailed to students who completed (or have in progress) ECON H195B (Economics Honors Thesis).



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.



Join us in celebrating the Class of 2021! A Tribute video montage and Kudoboard have been created to give you, your peers, friends & family members an opportunity to express their excitement for your great accomplishment.

Remember to share our digital invitation with your loved ones! >>>

This is how you can participate:

  • Tribute Board: You can use this opportunity to post a video to your peers, family, faculty or friends. Your loved ones may also use Tribute to send you a message. Notes: Please limit your video to approximately 10-15 seconds. Two videos max for each student. Please refrain from using innapropriate language/images in your video as it may result in removal of video. 
  • Kudoboard: You and your loved ones may also post a message in celebration of your graduation. Graduates may also use this opportunity to post messages for your peers, family, friends or faculty members that supported you during your time at Berkeley. Note: Please refrain from using innapropriate language/images as it may result in removal of message. 



  • What is the Economics Department planning? 

We are hosting a virtual ceremony on May 15, 2021 at 11am (PT), streamed on YouTube. Students and their families may view the program at a time that fits within their schedule, as the video will remain available once it is posted. We will also provide virtual ways for our graduates and their families to share celebratory messages and videos. Stay tuned for more!

  • Is there an in-person commencement? 

While there will be an in-person component, it is not a commencement ceremony. It is a student-only procession that will be held in the Greek Theatre, spanning across 5 days (May 16-20, 2021). Only a certain number of graduates will be permitted to cross the stage per hour to maintain safety, which is why five days have been allotted to give everyone a chance to participate. Please see the Chancellor's Commencement email sent March 29, 2021 for further information.

  • Can guests come to the in-person procession? 

No. Campus is currently closed to the public to comply with state orders and cannot predict when this order will be lifted. The opportunities to gather, either on or off campus, are both limited and discouraged. See campus commencement FAQ for more.

  • Who can participate? 

Both the in-person procession and the virtual components are for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 graduates.

  • Do I need to register for commencement? 

Graduates who want to participate in the in-person, student-only procession, must sign up for a specific date and time. Students with expected graduation terms (EGT) of Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 received an email on April 6, 2021 with registration information (NOTE: This email was sent to students' preferred email address as indicated in CalCentral. Contact if this email was not received). While there is no registration required to participate in the virtual components of commencement, students will have the opportunity to create a personal graduation slide to be featured on the Economics and main campus commencement websites. 

  • How many videos can we submit to Tribute?

No more than two videos should be submitted to tribute for each student. Any additional messages can be posted to the Kudoboard. 


For campus commencement information, visit


Thank you for your patience as we plan our Spring 2021 virtual commencement. We will continue to share updates as soon as they are available and you can visit this site for the most up to date information.


Congratulations from the Department of Economics to the Class of 2021!


Click here for the virtual celebration of our 2020 graduates.


Make a gift to Berkeley Economics Today!