Spring 2020 Commencement

Data Science Commencement 2020

We are very excited to share with you the following Data Science Inaugural Commencement details:

The Spring 2020 Data Science Commencement Ceremony 
will be held on Sunday, May 17th, 2020
in William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre
from 7pm-9:30pm

Participant Registration

If you would like to participate in the Data Science 2020 Commencement ceremony on Sunday May 17th, and your Expected Graduation Term (EGT) is Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, or Fall 2020, please fill out the online registration form by April 15th.

Students who wish to have their names printed in the Data Science Commencement Program must complete this registration form by the April 15th deadline. Students who sign up after the deadline may still participate in commencement activities but will not have their names printed in the program.

If you have questions or concerns with registration please email the commencement coordinator, Marjorie Ensor, ensor@berkeley.edu.


Ticket Infromation will be provided to graduates who register for commencement. 

Everyone, with the exception of graduates, must have a ticket to enter the Greek Theatre. Doors will open to guests at 5:30pm. There is no reserved seating; seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

What Not to Bring

The following items are prohibited inside the commencement venue:
  • Large Bags or Backpacks
  • Glass Bottles/Aluminum cans
  • Food and Beverages (with the exception of bottled water)
  • Coolers/Ice Chests
  • Baby Strollers 
  • Skateboards/Bicycles/Scooters/Segways
  • Musical Instruments
  • Fireworks
  • Noise-Makers/Airhorns
  • Rolls of Toilet Paper/Confetti
  • Balloons 
  • Signs/Banners/Flags
  • Tripods for Cameras
  • Animals (with the exception of service animals)
  • Lawn Furniture or Chairs
  • Any items that can be perceived as weapons
All bags are subject to search. 
**All Guests entering the Greek Theatre will be required to walk through metal detectors at the entrances to the venue (TSA style). Please ARRIVE EARLY (ideally by 5:30pm) to allow for this new security step and to ensure that you are in your seat and ready for the ceremony on time. We also recommend that guests travel as light as possible and leave unneccessary items at home. 

Watch Commencement Live!

Data Science commencement ceremonies will be webcast live; they will also be archived online for future viewing. Videos from previous years can be found on the Data Science Youtube channel.


During commencement, visitors may park in designated daytime campus parking lots on a first-come, first-served basis for $10 a space. 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. 

PARKING IS CREDIT CARD ONLY THIS YEAR – NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED. Visa, MC, Discover, and AmEx are all okay. Drivers must purchase a permit from the attendant to be displayed on the dashboard.

For more information about parking, see the Parking and Transportation website for commencement visitor parking locations for Evening & Weekend Commencement Parking Lots. Due to the extreme limitations of on-campus and surrounding area parking, we advise guests to use public transportation. Please note that campus will not be operating the LOOP during commencement week. Additionally, no Campus perimeter shuttle will be available for Sunday, May 17th. 

Will there be a photographer?

GradImages will be photographing the ceremony and reception. In the week following the ceremony, proof order forms will be emailed to all graduates for viewing. You may place orders by visiting the GradImages website.

Will the ceremony be recorded?

Yes! The ceremony will be live streamed, and the video will be available on the UCB public YouTube channel.

What about Honor cords?

Information Forthcoming.

How much do tickets cost?

Information Forthcoming. 

Where do I get tickets?

Information Forthcoming.

What about ADA Accomodations?

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 tell your graduate, who will need to report the accomodations requests in the participant registration form.

**NOTE: The Greek Theatre is ADA compliant and we will have designated seating for handicapped guests.**