Spring 2021 Data Science Commencement

Data Science Commencement 2021

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

The Spring 2021 Virtual Data Science Commencement Ceremony 
will be held on Saturday, May 15th, 2021


at 5:00pm Pacific Daylight Time

How to Participate

The 2021 Data Science Commencement Ceremony will be virtual, so no registration is required. 

Data Science majors who have (or will be) completing all coursework with an expected graduation term (EGT) of Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021 are invited to participate in the Data Science Virtual Commencement ceremony. 

  • Virtual Data Science Commencement: We are holding a virtual commencement on May 15, 2021 at 5pm (PT). Our ceremony will premiere on Youtube. You'll be able to watch the ceremony from home with your family or friends. You are welcome to dress up, wear your cap and gown, or watch in your PJs!

  • Eligible graduating majors received an email on April 6, 2021 with registration information from MarchingOrder with instructions and login information (NOTE: This email was sent to students' preferred email address as indicated in CalCentral. Contact ensor@berkeley.edu if you did not receive this email). 

  • Graduates should create a MarchingOrder slide, consisting of a graduation photo and quote, by the April 25th (midnight) deadline. 

  • Download our custom Data Science 2021 photo props in advance to take some great graduation photos!

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

In-person Commencement Walkthrough

Because crossing the stage with your peers is an important part of graduation, campus aspires — pending local health guidelines and conditions — to hold in-person, student-only walkthroughs at the Greek Theatre starting May 16, 2021. No family members will be allowed in the theater. Campus will not know until closer to the date whether the walkthroughs can occur.

PLEASE NOTE: Data Science is not coordinating the in-person processional and its order is not major specific. Any questions about the procession should be directed to events1@berkeley.edu or 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225). For questions about the campus-wide commencement event, please contact UC Berkeley Commencement.

How can I get a cap and gown?

Graduation regalia and other accessories can be purchased from the Cal Student Store, which will ship directly to your home. A cap and gown is not required to participate in Commencement this year.

What about Honors cords?

Students in the Data Science Honors Program have been individually contacted about receiving an honors cord via mail.

When will I recieve my diploma?

Diplomas are mailed by the Registrar's Office ~four months after the end of a student’s graduating term. More information on diplomas, graduation verification, etc. can be found on the College of Letters & Science website here and the Office of the Registrar website here.