The Economics Department Commencement is Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 2pm in the Hearst Greek Theatre.
The Department of Economics is pleased to announce that Dr. Mario Bergara will be our esteemed commencement speaker this year!
Dr. Bergara received his PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998. He was the Deputy Minister of Economy for Uruguay from 2005-2008, and head of the Central Bank from 2008-2013. In Decemeber 2013 he was appointed Minister of Economy and Finance in Uruguay.
ARRIVAL AT THE GREEK THEATER and RECEPTION
The doors will open for graduates and guests at 1pm. If your guests require special seating, please have them arrive at the Greek Theater no later than 1pm so they can be situated before the crowds arrive. Graduates must be backstage at the Greek Theater no later than 1:30 pm. The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. There will be an informal reception immediately following the ceremony at the Campanile Esplanade.
Every guest must have a ticket to be admitted to the ceremony. Graduating Economics majors do not need tickets. There is no limit to the number of tickets you may obtain. Every graduate will receive 2 free tickets, additional tickets are $10 each. Tickets can be purchased with either cash (exact change) or check, and checks should be made payable to "The UC Regents". Students who are not in the Berkeley area can email Christina Yasi at email@example.com to arrange for a third party to pick up the tickets. Seating is by general admission.
Tickets will be available at the following times in 539 Evans Hall:
April - May 2014, exact days and times TBA
Tickets will be available the day of the ceremony at the Greek Theater box office. The box office will be open from 1pm - 2pm, and tickets will be $10 each. Tickets can be bought with either cash or check, and 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 HONORS CORDS
Caps, gowns, and honors cords will be available for purchase at the Cal Student Store in the Graduation Department starting in April. Questions should be directed to the store at 510-845-1226, or visit them at their new location on 2470 Bancroft Way.
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.
For more information about parking, see the Parking and Transportation website. Please note the Economics Department does not manage event parking in any way.
LODGING AND DINING
Anyone who finished/is finishing their coursework in summer 2013/2014, fall 2013/2014, or spring 2014 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 actually put their names on the Spring Degree List. The deadline to sign up to participate in commencement is TBA.
Please click on the registration link in the sidebar to register for commencememt. If you are not participating in the cermony but still want your name in the official program, please complete the registration process.
A professional photographer from Grad Images (http://www.gradimages.com/) 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. Flowers will also be on sale at the Greek the day of the ceremony.
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 http://registrar.berkeley.edu/Records/transdipl.html for the most current information.