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

This ceremony honors students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Data Science in Fall 2020, Spring 2021 or Summer 2021.

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). 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 sends e-mail) if you did not receive this email).

  • Follow these simple directions to view the virtual DS Commencement video:

    1. Please go to is external) (the page will open on Saturday, May 15th at 4:50pm (PT)). No registration is needed to see this page. 
    2. Our video will premiere on Youtube promptly at 5:00pm (PT); you will see links to our videos on the above event site. You can also access the videos by going to our CDSS youtube channel.
    3. Don't forget to hashtag your photos with #CALDATASCI21; we want to see your photos with family, friends, pets; your shoutouts or POV's.
  • Download our 2021 Commencement Program(link is external)
  • Download our custom Data Science 2021 photo props(link is external) in advance to take some great graduation photos!

If you have questions or concerns, please email the commencement coordinator, Marjorie Ensor, sends e-mail).

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.

Watching the procession — Want to share this moment with your friends and family? It’s easy! Just let them know when you’re crossing the stage, either in person or virtually, so they can log in to watch the livestream(link is external) (the same link used for the virtual commencement, on the left side of the page).

As always, visit (link is external)for the latest updates. Questions? Please contact the commencement office at sends e-mail) or 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225). 

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 sends e-mail) or 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225). 

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.