The Spring 2018 Legal Studies Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 13th at 9am in Zellerbach Auditorium.


Reminders and additional details will be sent out to the LSundergrads e-mail list.
Please read through the information below.


2018 Legal Studies Commencement Ceremony

When: Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 9am
Where: Zellerbach Auditorium, reception to follow.
Who: Legal Studies students who will officially complete their B.A. degrees Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018 or Fall 2018 are eligible to participate.
Guest speaker: Dean Edwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law


Commencement Updates

Updates and reminders will be sent to the LS undergrads listserve, so be sure that you are subscribed with a current e-mail address that you check regularly. Write to Lauri if you would like to be subscribed


Students who sign up by April 12th will receive 2 complimentary tickets and their name will appear in the program.

Tickets will be available for pick up beginning April 16th during office hours Monday-Friday, 8:30am-Noon & 1:30pm-4pm.

*****Tickets will not be sold the day of the ceremony.*****

*****Graduates do not need a ticket.*****

Additional tickets are $5 each (buy as many as you need, there is no limit); tickets must be purchased online. There is no fee for children ages 5 and under, but a ticket is still required for admission, so tell Lauri when you come in to pick up your tickets.

IF you go back into the sign up form to buy additional tickets:
PLEASE enter your name and then type just a letter in each field (you’ll need to fill in the phone number field with numbers and enter your e-mail address) and hit submit.

The last day to purchase tickets is Thursday, May 10th, last pick up is on Friday, May 11th from Lauri 8:30-12 and 1:30-4.

*****Tickets will not be sold the day of the ceremony.*****

*****Graduates do not need a ticket.*****

Instructions for Graduating Seniors – Day of Ceremony

Please arrive in cap and gown by 8:15am. The auditorium will open at 8:00am for your guests. If they would like to sit up close or on the aisle, have them arrive early. Find the volunteers outside the auditorium at the Golden Bear Statue. Pick up your name card from the volunteer handling your part of the alphabet. Fill out the back of your name card with your permanent address for the photographer. Hold onto the card until you walk to the professor reading names on stage. After you have filled out the back of your reader card, line up with whomever you like…we do not seat you in alpha order. The last day to purchase tickets is Thursday, May 10th, last pick up on Friday, May 11th from Lauri 8:30-12 and 1:30-4.

****Graduates do not need a ticket.****

*****There will be no tickets available at the door.*****


The ceremony runs just over an hour. Please turn off your cell phones and refrain from using them for the duration of the ceremony. Please tell your guests NOT to use air horns inside the theater. Tell them instead to clap, yell, hoot, holler, whistle, cheer, etc… Please no air horns. They are meant for outdoor venues and could potentially damage the hearing of the guests seated nearby, especially small children and those with hearing aids.
Please no air horns.

Keynote Speaker

Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law


The reception will follow the ceremony out on Lower Sproul Plaza.

Ceremony Photography

GradImages™ will be photographing all graduates at the upcoming graduation ceremony. Visit our website,, and click on PRE-EVENT REGISTRATION. Enter your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering your photos. By submitting your information to us early, you can rest assured that photo samples will be quickly and conveniently provided to you and all others registered as soon as they are available after the event. After graduation, order online at or call (800) 261-2576. You can feel confident that GradImages™ will capture your proud moment.


Cap and gown purchase is available at the Cal Student Store at 2560 Bancroft for approximately $50. Gowns will be wrinkled. Be sure to unfold and hang your gown a few days before the ceremony. Visit the Cal Student Store during regular business hours.
You can visit the Cal Student Store for your regalia, class rings, announcements, diploma frame, etc.    Cal Student Store (510) 230-2375.

Honor Cords

For those of you who are participating in the Legal Studies Honors Program, the Legal Studies department will be purchasing an honor cord for you, don’t buy your own cord! When you sign up for commencement, you will indicate if you are participating in the program. When you submit your thesis via e-mail to your supervisor, please also Cc Lauri so she knows you have completed the program. Once Lauri receives confirmation that your thesis has been submitted, you can then pick up your honor cord from Lauri at 2240 Piedmont.

Your Diploma

Your diploma will be available approximately four months after you officially graduate. Your diploma will automatically be sent to your permanent mailing address in CalCentral. Your official name is the name that will be printed on your diploma. If you need to change your name, check the Registrar’s site for here details. If your degree hasn’t been posted to your transcript yet, you may request a Letter of Intent (also known as “Early Proof of Graduation”) from the College of Letters & Science. If you need proof of graduation prior to your diploma being available and the degrees have been posted to the transcript, you can request a Certificate of Completion from the College of Letters & Science.

Your Account

You are given a 9 month grace period for your account. During those 9 months directly after graduating officially, you should be able  sign into and claim your bConnected account. Students with a current student affiliation in CalNet cannot sign in because it is designated only for alumni or attendees who are no longer current students. CalNet notifies all graduating students that they will be entering a 9 month grace period after they graduate. After you have graduated officially (meaning your degree has posted to your CalCentral), you should log in at with your CalNet ID and passphrase. On the home page after you have logged in, click the link that reads Claim your account, and accept the terms and conditions.

Special Accommodations

Graduates who wish to request disability-related accommodations including sign language interpreters and wheelchair seating, should indicate this in the sign up form. Please request accommodations ASAP (you can enter this info into the sign up form and if Lauri needs more info, she’ll contact you.) to ensure the best possible arrangements. Zellerbach Auditorium provides 16 wheelchair spaces. There are ample aisle seats and seats that can be accessed without having to utilize stairs. Wheelchair accessibility to Zellerbach is available via the ramp on the north side of the building. Wheelchair accessible restrooms are on the Main (Orchestra) level.
For a basic map of Zellerbach Auditorium:

Visitor Information and Parking

Parking will be available for a fee on a first-come, first-served basis at many of the campus “S” permit parking structures. Commencement parking will be available in the Lower Sproul Lot (underneath Zellerbach Auditorium) and at the RSF Garage on Bancroft Way at Ellsworth Street. Drivers must purchase a dispenser ticket to display on the vehicle’s dashboard. The City of Berkeley Sather Gate Garage, located on Durant Avenue just west of Telegraph Avenue, is available to the public.

Passenger Drop-Off

Access to Zellerbach Hall is once again available from Bancroft Ave, both through the breezeway at the newly built Eshelman Hall and from the Telegraph Ave/Bancroft Ave. intersection.

Patrons can be dropped off at the loading zone area along Bancroft Way and access Zellerbach via a short walk through the Eshelman building breezeway.

There is also a ramp alongside the north side of Zellerbach Auditorium near the stairs that lead to the front entrance of the Auditorium.

Accessibility Map to venue:

Parking suggested by Cal Performances

UCB Parking and Transportation

UCB Parking Lot Map

City of Berkeley Parking Lot Guide

Visitors from outside the Bay Area may wish to contact the UC Berkeley Visitors Services or call (510)642-5215.

Information regarding campus Disability Access Services can be found here:

To find Zellerbach Auditorium on an interactive map:

For a basic map of Zellerbach Auditorium:

Additional information for graduates:

California Alumni Association
Alumni Advantage (access to Career Center resources after graduation)
For all kinds of good info regarding being a graduating Senior:

University-wide General Commencement

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10AM in California Memorial Stadium. The University-wide Commencement is the only University-wide event (held in Fall and Spring) where graduating seniors from all academic disciplines are given a time to come together and celebrate their achievements at UC Berkeley. For more info:

Sign up and purchase tickets for the Legal Studies Commencement Ceremony here:

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