Commencement Information

Participants:  Seniors graduating Fall '22, Spring '23 & Summer '23 only (No exceptions will be made due to venue capacity).

DATE: May 16, 2023
TIME: 9:00 AM
LOCATION: Zellerbach Auditorium

Questions? english_advising@berkeley.edu . Email communication about department commencement will start going out late March 2023. Stay tuned for more information.

*Note: This is the English department commencement. If you are looking for the campus commencement, please visit their webpage. 


After the ceremony, graduates and their families are invited to attend the reception located in Lower Sproul.


Caps and gowns are available to purchase at the Official Cal Student Store (2560 Bancroft Way) and in the Graduation Department at Fall Rush (2470/2480 Bancroft Way). Cal Student Store Cap and Gown Pricing


Please see email from english_advising@berkeley.edu about ticks. They will become available starting April 1 at noon.


All English students who complete H195A and B are eligible to purchase an Honor Cord from the Cal Student Store. Please include your first and last name and “English Department Honors” while ordering so that the Student Store can confirm your Honors status. 


During commencements, student "S" permit areas will be open to the public at the hourly rate.  Drivers must purchase parking from the "pay by space" dispensing machines. For more information about parking, visit the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation Special Event Parking Website(external link).

Please also consider avoiding parking stress by using the BearTransit shuttle service. Shuttle lines circuit the campus at approximately 12-24 minute intervals. View the BearTransit page for transit information, shuttle schedules and route maps.


Area hotels fill up in May. If you have family or friends coming to your ceremony from out of town, suggest that they make reservations immediately. For information about local accommodations, restaurants, and things to do in Berkeley, refer to the Berkeley Convention and Visitors Bureau(external link) and the UCB Visitors Center(external link).