Psychology Commencement - 2022

Registration for the Spring 2022 Commencement is now closed.


Due to program production deadlines, we are unable to include the names of the students who register late.  You are still welcome to walk the stage during the ceremony.  To do so, please refer to the Important Instructions section at the bottom of this page.


*The Psychology Department does not have a rehearsal for Commencement. Please familiarize yourself with the ceremony details in advance. Details noted below in the Other Important Details section.





  • Ceremony Participation vs. Degree List

    Students sometimes think that these two things are the same, but they are not. CalCentral has automatically added each student to their anticipated semester to receive their degree based on your semester at UC Berkeley. If you plan to graduate early or stay for the summer/another semester, please see a college adviser. Being on the degree list means that you plan to complete all of your requirements for the degree.

    Signing up to participate in the Psychology commencement ceremony means that you wish to celebrate your time at Cal with your loved ones. Students and alumni may participate even if they finished their degree in December 2022; some may participate in the May 2022 ceremony even if they plan to earn an August 2022 or December 2022 degree!

  • General Commencement vs. Department Commencement

    Commencement, the campus-wide ceremony for all graduating seniors from all majors and their families, includes the Chancellor's address, keynote address, and most of the traditional pomp and circumstance. Keep in mind, the Psychology commencement ceremony is a smaller, more personal celebration for Psychology Graduate and Undergraduate students. It is separate from the general, campus-wide CAL commencement ceremony. 

    Departmental graduations occur separately within their discipline and are more personal, with each graduate walking across the stage to receive a commemorative certificate.
    Students can attend either one of the ceremonies, or both.

  • Tickets

    Please note that tickets are REQUIRED for guests and no guest will be allowed to enter the Greek Theatre without a ticket including children.  Students participating in the ceremony do not need a ticket to get inside the venue. Please contact Cal performances for more information about tickets for children under 2 years of age. 

    Graduating undergraduate students who complete the exit survey will be able to pick up one complimentary ticket directly from the student services office starting during RRR week.  Specific times and location will be sent to students who registered. If you are unable to pick up tickets during the RRR week timeslots, there may be an option for a friend to pick up the ticket for you or to pick up the ticket at another time.  Please contact Christine directly ( if this applies to you.  

    Please bring a screenshot or printed copy of the survey's confirmation page. If you graduated in a 2020 or 2021 and completed the exit survey previously, please do NOT submit a new survey.  You will be able to verify your graduation term and provide you a ticket without the screenshot.  

    People may purchase additional tickets from the Cal Performances office for $17.50 a piece. Tickets are now available for purchase, online, over the phone at 510-642-9988, and at the Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall (HOURS: Tues-Fri, 12:00 p.m.-5:30p.m., Sat-Sun, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.). Tickets will be available for purchase on the day of Commencement until we are sold out at the box office near the main entrance. All seating, regardless of what the tickets say, is General Admission. SEATS ARE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

  • Diplomas

    Diplomas are not presented at the ceremony; they are usually available about 4 to 5 months after the end of the semester. Graduates may pick up their diploma at the Registrar's Office (120 Sproul Hall) or request that it be mailed to them for a charge. To obtain your diploma, you must have all of your fees paid, all library materials returned, and have no other outstanding concerns. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar.

  • Regalia

    Questions regarding regalia rental may be directed to the Cal Student Store, MLK Student Union, 2495 Bancroft Way, 510-229-4703 , or visit here.

    Honor Cords may be purchased at the store by undergraduate students who are enrolled in the Honors Program.

    For first generation low-income students, there may be options for borrowing a gown  through the EOP gown lending project, learn more here.

  • Photographs

    The Psychology Department has made arrangements with GradImages to photograph every graduating student. There will be a professional photographer present during the ceremony. A picture will be taken of each student at the moment the commemorative scroll is given to the student by the Psychology Department Chair Professor Serena Chen. For more info about ordering photos, visit the GradImages website.

    To prevent crowd congestion and to ensure the safety and comfort of all, guests may only take pictures and videos from their seats.

  • Flowers

    The campus has contracted with a local vendor to be available to sell flowers in front of the Greek Theatre at each graduation ceremony.  If you would like to purchase flowers for your graduating student, you may do so directly at the venue.

  • Parking

    On-campus visitor parking is available in any designated student lot on campus, for a $10 fee payable by credit card only. Parking lots near the Greek Theatre include: 1) Foothill Lot (Hearst Ave., east of Highland Ave.) and 2) Lower Hearst Structure, Level 2 (Hearst & Scenic Ave.). See map for parking lots here.  NO CASH PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THESE LOTS. Traffic is likely to be heavy around the venue and parking may be difficult, so be sure to allow plenty of time to get there. Please see the Parking & Transportation website for more information on parking fees, maps and locations, disability parking, and public transportation.

    There is limited disability parking in the Bowles lot at the south entrance to the Greek Theatre for cars with certified disabled placards. Please arrive early (by 1:00 p.m.) to ensure parking.
    There is a curbside drop-off area on Gayley Road just north of the Greek Theatre entrance for passengers with mobility challenges who prefer to minimize the travel distance to the Greek Theatre. We recommend that your guest(s) be dropped off with their companion in front of the Greek Theatre on the north side while someone in your party parks the car in one of the available commencement parking areas. All designated disabled spaces and non-reserved spaces will be available at $10 to disabled patrons with certified disabled placards or license plates on a first-come, first-served basis.

    For information on available parking lots during commencement please visit:

  • Weather Considerations

    Please inform your guests that the ceremony is an outdoor event that will take place rain or shine. Guests should be prepared for all weather conditions. Please note that the ceremony will take place in the afternoon and guests face west, towards the setting sun, so they should plan accordingly (with sunglasses, sunscreen, umbrellas, water, sweater or jacket, etc.).

  • Visitor Information

    Visitors coming from outside the Bay Area may wish to contact UC Berkeley Visitors Services at 510-642-5215. Information on local accommodations can be found at the Berkeley Visitors Bureau.

  • Greek Theatre Policies & Information

    The Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Greek Theatre, a large outdoor amphitheatre built into the Berkeley hillside. Please recommend to your guests to wear comfortable shoes, the location is hilly and there are steep steps in the theatre. The seating for guests is on concrete benches, so we suggest that they bring along a cushion to sit on. For those unfamiliar with the campus, please view/print this Campus Map.

    Security procedures at the Greek

    All patrons entering the Greek Theatre will be required to walk through metal detectors at the entrances to the venue. Please ensure that you arrive early enough to allow for this new security step and to ensure that you are in your seat and ready for the performance on time! We recommend you arrive at least 45 minutes early to assure you do not miss any of the ceremony.  In addition, we recommend you bring as little as possible with you in order to expedite the bag check upon entrance.

    The Greek Theatre/UCPD will be checking bags at all entrance gates. The following are prohibited inside the Greek Theatre:

    • Large bags or backpacks
    • Glass bottles/Aluminum cans
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Coolers/ice chests
    • Baby strollers (designateed parking is available inside)
    • Skateboards/bicycles/scooters
    • Musical instruments
    • Fireworks
    • Noise-makers/air horns
    • Rolls of toilet paper
    • Balloons (may be tied-off at the entrance gates at own discretion)
    • Signs/banners/flags
    • Tripods for cameras
    • Animals (with the exception of documented service animals)
    • Lawn furniture or chairs (small blankets, cushions, and low-backed stadium seats are OK)
    • Any items that can be perceived as weapons

    There is no bag or coat check available. All bags are subject to search.

    • In order to accommodate all special seating requests, we can only seat one companion per disabled guest in the special seating area.
    • Special seating is for people who cannot physically manage stairs due to mobility impairments, have a disability that would make egress in the event of an emergency unsafe, or have a service animal that needs adequate space to perform its duties.
    • The North Gate entrance is wheelchair accessible with a ramp that leads up to the entrance gate. Parties that need special seating arrangements are encouraged to arrive as early as one hour prior to the ceremony start time, so as to avoid crowds, and have the best selection for seating.
    • There is no elevator at the Greek Theatre.
    • The Greek Theatre does not provide wheelchairs to the public.
    • The Greek Theatre does not provide or guarantee any shaded or padded seating.
    • All special seats are folding metal chairs and are subject to weather conditions.  Hats, cold water, and seat cushions are suggested.
    • The staff at the Greek Theatre will do their best to accommodate everyone's needs for special seating.
  • Disability Accommodation & On-Site Medical Aid

    If you require an 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 Christine Mullarkey at / (510)541-0862 with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event. If you have any questions about accommodations for the event, please contact Christine Mullarkey at

    Information on the campus' Disability Access Services can be found at

    There will be a registered nurse and campus security aides on duty during the ceremony should anyone need medical attention. The nurse will be backstage, near the North Gate entrance.

  • Important Instructions

    The Greek Theatre gates will open at 1:00 p.m. and the ceremony will start promptly at 2:00 pm.

    GRADUATING STUDENTS, PLEASE ARRIVE AT THE GREEK THEATRE ON THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2022, AT 1:00 PM IN YOUR CAP AND GOWN AND READY TO GO. Students participating should congregate in the backstage area at 1:00 pm.  Guests should find their seats.

    When you arrive at the Greek Theatre, you will be given a color coded index card on which to print your first and last name. If pronunciation is a concern, it should be spelled phonetically on the card. You will also be given directions regarding the processional and scroll presentation part of the ceremony by Student Services Staff who will guide you.

    Although we cannot guarantee that you will be able to sit near your friends, your chances of sitting beside them are greatly increased if you are next to each other in the same line backstage (in other words, ask for a card that is the same color as those of your friends and line up next to each other).

    After receiving your card, it is not possible to switch cards, so make sure you know what line you want to be in before asking for a corresponding card.
    On cue, the lines will march into the Theatre and into the student seating. Please remain standing until Prof. Chen signals candidates to be seated.

    The first half of the ceremony is dedicated to the announcement of prizes, honors, and speeches.
    In the second half of the ceremony:

    Ph.D. candidates will be hooded individually by their Faculty Advisor.

    B.A. candidates will be presented with a commemorative scroll on stage by Prof. Chen.

    Prof. Chen will then end the ceremony. The audience will remain seated while the students leave the stage.

    We anticipate the ceremony will last  between two and two-and-a-half hours.