2019 Physics/Astronomy Commencement

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 2:00pm

Location: Zellerbach Auditorium
(Reception in LeConte Hall)

Congratulations to all 2019 Physics and Astronomy graduates!  View photos from the Commencement ceremony and celebration here.

This year 157 grads walked the stage at the Physics/Astronomy commencement ceremonies in Zellerbach Hall. Of these there were 37 Ph.D.'s (1 from Astronomy, 1 from Applied Science & Technology and 35 from Physics); 1 M.A. (Physics); and 119 B.A.'s (24 from Astronomy, 10 Astronomy/Physics double majors, and 85 Physics). Along with their families, Physics hosted about 900 people for the event, culminating in a reception held in LeConte Hall.

The ceremonies were lead by Physics Chair Wick Haxton, and Alex Filippenko, Chair of Astronomy. The two student speakers this year were Nick Choksi, B.A. Astronomy, and Sijia Zhao, B.A. Physics.


This year's commencement speaker was Lauren Tompkins

Lauren Tompkins is an assistant professor of physics at Stanford University and proud Golden Bear. She received both her BA with honors in Physics and Mathematics in 2004 and her PhD in Physics in 2011 from the University of California at Berkeley. After postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago, she joined the faculty at Stanford in 2014.  Her research focuses on understanding the world's highest energy, human-made particle collisions in order to elucidate the fundamental building blocks of our universe. She also contributes to efforts, both locally and abroad, to improve equity and inclusion in physics. 

Zellerbach Auditorium