2022 Physics Commencement

Physics Commencement 2022
May 16, 2022

Berkeley Physics is pleased to announce that the 2022 Commencement will be held in person this coming May.

Commencement is a significant occasion, a milestone in your academic career. As you begin to think about graduating from Cal, and especially as your family and friends make plans for commencement, please reference this fact sheet. 

Monday, May 16, 2022
Beginning at 2:00 pm
The ceremony will last between 2 - 2.5 hours

Zellerbach Auditorium
101 Zellerbach Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720

How to Get Tickets

Each student will receive up to four free tickets and will be able to purchase up to six additional tickets for $5 each (for a total of ten guest tickets maximum per student). Please note that students themselves will not need a ticket for the event. 

Step 1: Undergrads only: complete the exit interview survey before you come to pick up your tickets. We will be checking your completion of the form when you come to retrieve tickets. 

Step 2: We have designated times and locations for you to pick up your tickets during RRR Week (this information was sent out to graduating students). Only graduating students will be able to pick up their own tickets. Please do not come to retrieve your tickets outside of the timeframes/locations shared. Forms of payment allowed for tickets are cash and checks made out to "UC Regents". 

Step 3: When you come to pick up your tickets, you will also receive your Physics @ Berkeley t-shirt, and you will complete a card with information for our photography service, GradImages. There may be a line for ticket pickup, so please plan ahead. 

Step 4: Ensure that you bring your tickets to commencement (or distribute them to your guests before commencement). Guests without tickets will not be able to enter the event, and there will be no tickets available at the door (no exceptions). 

COVID-19 Precautions

After May 7, 2022, Cal Performances venues will not require proof of vaccination for entry during events. This is subject to change. While proof of vaccination is not currently a requirement at the event, we recommend that attendees have their vaccination proof available, as it is possible some businesses in Berkeley may still require it, as allowed by Public Health Order.

Cal Performances is strongly recommending that everyone onsite wear N95, KN95, KF94, or FFP2 masks, as they have been shown to be some of the most effective at protecting against COVID-19 transmission. If these masks are not available, double masking is strongly recommended.

On The Day of The Ceremony

Graduates: all graduates participating in the ceremony must arrive at Lower Sproul Plaza (immediately outside Zellerbach Auditorium) at 1:00pm, and no later than 1:15pm. Arriving later may prevent graduates from participating in the ceremony. You will check in and collect your name card before lining up. Look for signs indicating Bachelors, Master’s, or Ph.D. and get into the appropriate line. Staff marshals will be present to assist you.

Guests: doors will open for guest seating at 1:15pm. 

Graduation Regalia

The ceremony begins with a formal procession of faculty and students. Students are encouraged and welcome to wear regalia (cap and gown), but this is not a requirement. 
Tassels: All candidates wear the tassel on the right side of the cap and will turn their tassel to the left when their degree level has been conferred. The cap is worn with the long point of the shell to the rear.

Undergraduate Regalia
To rent graduation regalia, and to purchase stoles, diploma frames etc., please visit the Graduation Department of the Cal Student Store (located on Sproul Plaza). 

Graduate Regalia
To rent graduation regalia, and to purchase stoles, diploma frames etc., please visit the Graduation Department of the Cal Student Store (located on Sproul Plaza). 
Hood: The size and shape of the hood signify the level of the degree. Master’s degree candidates: Wear your hood to the ceremony. Place the hood around your neck and shoulders so that the major portion hangs down the back. The velvet border should be on the outside. The black base of the hood, around the velvet, should be smoothed into place as it is positioned over the shoulders and down the back. Fasten the cord in front of the hood to your shirt, dress or gown to keep the hood away from your neck. To expose the satin lining, turn the velvet border outside below your shoulders at the back of your gown. The cord will keep the hood from falling off your shoulders.
Doctoral degree candidates: Bring your hood to the ceremony and give it to your adviser/hooder before the ceremony; you will be hooded by your adviser during the ceremony.
Hood color: The color of the satin lining reflects the University’s official colors. The title of the degree to be awarded (not the subject studied) governs the color of the velvet border. 

Your Diploma

Diplomas will be mailed to your Cal Central "Diploma Mailing Address" approximately 4 months after the end of your graduation term. See here for instructions on updating your diploma mailing address. Once your diploma has been prepared, you will receive it in the mail free of charge.

Undergraduates needing proof of graduation prior to receiving their diploma can find information on options for degree verification on the Office of the Registrar's website.

Graduate students needing a degree verification or certificate of completion can request one from the Graduate Division. If accepted, the Graduate Office can also provide a letter on department letterhead confirming degree completion. 


GradImages professional photographers will be taking pictures of graduates at our commencement this year. Pictures should be available to view, share, and order online within a week following the ceremony. 


Guests wishing to buy flowers for their graduates will be able to do so before the ceremony in front of Zellerbach Auditorium.



During the time of the Physics Ceremony, parking is available first come, first serve at Lower Sproul Garage (Bancroft Ave, between Telegraph Ave and Dana St), $10 credit card only. 

Parking will be sold at the lot from 12pm-3pm, and permits will be valid until 5pm in the above lots. If you need to park after 5pm, you will need to relocate your vehicle after the ceremony to the Underhill Garage (corner of College Ave/Channing Ave), where your permits will be valid until 2am.

Disabled Parking: All designated disabled spaces and non-reserved spaces will be available for $10 to drivers with certified DP placards or license plates on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Telegraph/Channing Garage (operated by the City of Berkeley), located west of Telegraph between Channing Way and Durant Ave, is also available to the public.


Shuttles are a quick, easy way to commute to commencement Monday-Friday. We recommend you consider one of these shuttle options as an alternative to driving. Please note that there is no dedicated department graduation shuttle or golf cart service.

Catch a Bear Transit shuttle from Downtown Berkeley BART Monday-Friday

  • Catch the eastbound P-Line shuttle every half hour and on the hour at the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and  Addison Street, near Bank of America.
  • Catch the C-Line shuttle every 20 minutes from 6:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Addison Street, near Bank of America.
  • Shuttles are free for graduating seniors wearing their cap and gown or with ID, as well as their families.

For more information about commencement day transportation, click here.

Special Seating and Other Accommodations for Guests

To request special guest accommodations, please email Anna Hilke at ahilke@berkeley.edu by Friday, May 6th.

Zellerbach Auditorium has accessible and wheelchair accessible seating available on a first come first served basis. We will have a designated volunteer at the event to help guide guests looking for accessible seats. Please feel free to ask any volunteers at the Commencement event. 

If you would like more information about campus accessibility and physical access features, please go to dac.berkeley.edu.

The University-wide Commencement will be held Saturday, May 14, 2022. Details will be updated on the University Commencement website.