Undergraduate Program

The Business Administration Major Haas Commencement

PARTICIPATING IN THE CEREMONY: The Haas School of Business holds a commencement ceremony at the end of each Spring semester. Undergraduate Business Majors who are completing degree requirements in Spring or Summer are expected to attend the Commencement ceremony in the year in which they graduate.

Majors who are completing degree requirements in Fall have the option of attending the ceremony the Spring semester before or after they graduate. Students do not need to let the Undergraduate Program Office know if they are planning on participating.

The Commencement ceremony will be held at the Hearst Greek Theatre on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 9:00am. You may invite an unlimited number of guests to the ceremony and no tickets are needed. The gates to the Greek Theatre will open at 8:00am for Families, Guests and Graduates. Families and Guests need to enter through the North Gate and Graduates through the South Gate. Families and Guests in wheelchairs and that have difficulty climbing stairs should also enter through the South Gate. Graduates should should proceed to the back stage area to fill out a name card, specifying how they would like their name read. The graduates will be in single file when they leave the back stage area and should stand either in front of or behind the person they wish to sit with. At 9:00 am the music will begin and the graduates will march out to the seating area. The ceremony will proceed as listed in the program: Commencement Address, acknowledgement of the Departmental Citation Winner, the top Haas Community Fellow and Student Speaker. After the Student Speaker, each graduate will walk across the stage to have his or her name read by the Executive Program Director, receive a scroll, and have a picture taken with the Dean before proceeding back to the seating area. The ceremony will last approximately one and a half hours.

Please review this list of prohibited items before visiting the Greek Theatre (.pdf).

RECEPTION: A Reception will be held at the Haas School Courtyard immediately following the ceremony from 10:30 to noon. You may enter the Reception free by wearing your cap and gown. Tickets for the Reception cost $5.00 each (children five and under are admitted free). Tickets can be purchased in the Undergraduate Program Office beginning Monday, April 24th through Friday, May 12th. Additional tickets may be purchased at the entrance to the Reception, but please be aware that there can be a long line. We cannot accept credit cards. Please bring cash or checks made payable to “U.C. Regents”. Exact change is appreciated – please no bills larger than $20.00. Guests must have a ticket to enter the reception.

CAP AND GOWN INFORMATION: https://commencement.berkeley.edu/getting-ready

Rings and Announcements

PHOTOGRAPHER: Grad Images will be taking photographs of each graduate as they are given their scroll and as they are congratulated by the Dean. Please see their web site at http://www.gradimages.com/universityofcaliforniaberkeley

HANDICAPPED PARKING AND SEATING: If your guest has a Handicapped Parking Placard (graduate or guest), you can purchase parking at the entrance to the Bowles Hall lot (adjacent to the south side of the Greek Theatre).  If you or your guest doesn't have a Handicapped Parking Placard, you can ask the attendant at the entrance to the Bowles Hall lot to let you in to drop off your guest(s).

In addition, if your guest(s) need either wheelchair seating or have difficulty climbing stairs, please e-mail Barbara Felkins (felkins@haas.berkeley.edu).  Please provide their name as well as the number of guests that will be sitting with them.  Be advised that seating in the wheelchair area is limited to 2 guests in addition to the guest in the wheelchair.  The deadline to make these requests is March 31st.


RAIN OR SHINE: The Commencement ceremony and reception will be held in the locations designated above rain or shine.




Link to be announced later.


Upcoming Video Stream of the 2016 Graduation Ceremony

Video Recording of the 2015 Graduation Ceremony