Congratulations Class of 2022!

In Person Ceremony, Weds 5/18, 2pm Greek Theater

The Department of Economics WILL NOT hold a Commencement ceremony for December 2022 graduates. 

Thank you for joining us for the Spring 2022 Economics Commencement Ceremony on Wednesday, May 18 at 2pm at the Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley. You can view the Spring 2022 Ceremony Program here. 



Economics 2022 Commencement registration is CLOSED. 

The deadline to sign up to participate in commencement was Monday, May 9, 2022.  

All graduating students are being asked to fill out either the undergraduate student or graduate student exit survey, as part of the commencement registration process.  Your perspective on the complex issues of undergraduate and graduate education will greatly assist us in our efforts to improve and enhance our programs. Your feedback will help the Department identify issues and serve as a basis for strategic planning and programmatic changes.  Your participation is very important in ensuring that the results are representative of all of our students.  By clicking below, you will proceed to the exit survey; once completed, you will then proceed to the commencement registration page. Thank you!

Undergraduate Students, please click here to Register for Commencement

Graduate Students, please click here to Register for Commencement


Additional 2022 Commencement Information 



The speaker for the Spring 2022 Economics Commencement Ceremony is David Card, a faculty member of the Economcis Department, and co-recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 2021.

David Card is the Class of 1950 Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the Center for LaboDavid Card's picturer Economics and the Econometric Lab. Before joining Berkeley he taught at University of Chicago in 1982-83 and Princeton University from 1983 to 1996. He has held visiting appointments at Columbia University, Harvard University, UCLA, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. From 2012 to 2017 he was Director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Card’s research interests include wage determination, education, inequality, immigration, and gender-related issues. He co-authored the 1995 book Myth and Measurement: The New Economics of the Minimum Wage, co-edited eight additional titles, and has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters. In 1995, he received the American Economic Association's John Bates Clark Prize, which is awarded to the economist under 40 whose work is judged to have made the most significant contribution to the field. He was President of the AEA in 2021 and co-recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 2021.




Economics students who have (or will be) completing all coursework in Fall 2021, Spring 2022, or Summer 2022, are invited to participate in the Economics Commencement ceremony. We are not able to accommodate graduates from prior years (pre-Fall 2021) or future classes (post-Summer 2022). For students who have questions on commencement participation, please email

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 530 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 530 Evans Hall during regular business hours: Monday- Friday, 9am-4pm. 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 3 hours. 

There will be no reception following the ceremony. After the ceremony, many of the faculty will be on the mining circle across from Evans. Faculty would love to meet your families! And ;) they are available for photos. 

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 April. Tickets prices are $10.  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 Charles Williams, 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.



Feel free to download the 2022 Grad Guide when it is available, produced by the Cal Alumni Association, for a comprehensive list of cap, gown and other apparel locations, parking and transportation, lodging, fun things to do, and more. Printed versions will also be available for students to collect from Evans later in the Spring semester.


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