Spring 2024 Haas Undergraduate Program 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 Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024 and Fall 2024 are invited to participate in the event.

Majors who are completing degree requirements in Fall 2024 also have the option of attending the ceremony the Spring semester after they graduate.

Students do not need to let the Undergraduate Program Office know if they are planning on participating.

Graduates are not expected to buy a ticket. Their ticket will be their namecard. Students should pick up their namecard in S460 by May 14th.

Ceremony

The Commencement ceremony will be held at the Hearst Greek Theatre on Wednesday, May 15th, at 9 AM.

Doors will open on the South Gate end at 8 AM for audience members.

Before the Ceremony

The gates to the Greek Theatre will open at 8 AM 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 those that have difficulty with stairs should also enter through the South Gate.

Graduates should proceed to the backstage 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 backstage area and should stand either in front of or behind the person they wish to sit with.

At 9am 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,

Defining Life Principles Award Winners,

Student Speaker.

After the Student Speaker, each graduate will walk across the stage to have his or her name read by the Assistant Dean and Faculty, 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.

Commencement Speaker

Jasvinder Khaira

Khaira is a senior managing director and founding partner of the Tactical Opportunities Group (Tac Opps) at Blackstone.  Tac Opps was founded in 2012 to invest across private investment opportunities outside of traditional private equity and private credit. Today, Tac Opps has $34 billion of assets under management.

Khaira was born in Singapore and raised in the Bay Area. He joined Blackstone in 2004 in the Private Equity Group after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley with degrees in Business Administration and History. In 2007, he joined a small team within Blackstone that eventually led the firm’s initial public offering. Before the IPO, he accompanied the firm’s founders on a roadshow that raised more than $7 billion.

Since helping found Tac Opps, Khaira has led more than 40 transactions for Blackstone totaling over $10 billion of equity invested. He was named the 2023 TMT Investment Leader of the Year and is a founding sponsor of the Berkeley Changemaker program, and a board member of the Berkeley M.E.T Program and the New York Philharmonic. Khaira is married and the father of three boys and lives in New York City.

Tickets for the Ceremony

Tickets will be available starting Monday, April 29th for $10 a ticket . You can purchase them online at tickets.berkeley.edu, via phone at 510-642-9988 or in person at the Ticket Office in Zellerbach Hall (Tues-Fri 12pm to 5:30pm, Sat-Sun 1pm to 5pm). Tickets purchased through these means will be delivered via email only.
No paper tickets will be available for pick up at the Ticket Office. They are only offered virtually. There is also no limit on ticket purchases.
Every person entering the Greek Theater regardless of age will need a ticket.
Graduates are not expected to buy a ticket. Their ticket will be their namecard.

Security

As a security measure, there will be body scanners at each entrance at the venue. It is recommended that all graduates and guests allow for extra time upon arrival for this extra step.

Please note that security will be checking bags at the entrance to the Greek Theatre. Guests can bring small or medium sized bags, but please note that the following items are not allowed in the Greek Theatre:

  • Large bags or backpacks
  • Glass bottles or aluminum cans
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tobacco products
  • Animals (except for documented service animals)
  • Lawn furniture (low-backed stadium seats are permitted)
  • Noisemakers/Airhorns/Musical Instruments
  • Umbrellas (small umbrellas for sun/rain protection are permitted)
  • Balloons (may be tied up and left at entrance)
  • Tripods for cameras
  • Coolers/Ice Chests
  • Signs/Banners/Flags
  • Rolls of toilet paper
  • Confetti/Glitter
  • Streamers
  • Strollers (designated stroller parking is available)
  • Any item that can be perceived as a weapon

Strollers

Please note that strollers are not allowed in the Greek Theatre, but there will be stroller parking at the entrance to the theatre.

Please refrain from any action that disrupts the event or prevents the speakers from being heard. This includes shouting over speakers, speaking out of turn, blocking others’ view, and displaying banners and signs. Individuals who are disruptive will be asked to leave.

Reception

There will be a reception for all students and their guests immediately after the ceremony in the Haas Courtyard. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

Cap and Gown Information

https://calstudentstore.berkeley.edu/merchandise/graduation-regalia-43

Cal Student Store Flyer

Commencement-related Merchandise

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 https://www.gradimages.com/

Coupons for purchase can be picked up in S460 by May 14th.

ADA Seating and Parking

Graduates should submit this Form if they have any ADA guests. The Greek Theatre will do their best to accommodate all audience members.

Disabled parking is available at Upper Hearst parking garage at the corner of Hearst Ave and Gayley Road. Upper Hearst parking garage has the best path of travel (one relatively level block) from the parking area to the Greek Theatre. Please note that there is a curbside drop-off area on Gayley Road just north of the Greek Theatre entrance for passengers with mobility disabilities who prefer to minimize the travel distance to the Greek Theatre.

Driving to and Parking at UC Berkeley for Commencement

Parking to Greek Theatre and Directions

Public Parking for Department Graduations

We encourage you to allot extra time to travel around campus. The City of Berkeley has a number of construction projects on the southside of the campus that will impact traffic during the week of graduations. Lane closures, detours, and possible traffic delays on Bancroft (Piedmont to Shattuck) and Fulton (Bancroft to Dwight) as part of the Southside Complete Streets Project. Temporary removal of on-street parking, relocation of bus stops, and rerouting of bike lanes on Bancroft. See more details on the project page, under “Construction Schedule.

Rain or Shine

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

Visas for International Guests

Use this form below if you would like to to request a visa for your international guest to the ceremony.

Undergraduate Haas Commencement Visa Letter Request Form

Haas Alumni Web Page

Alumni Email Services

Ordering Your Diploma and Final Transcript

Complete the “Career Destinations Survey”

We invite you to take the Berkeley Career Engagement’s First Destination Survey, to share your plans after graduation. This brief survey will take no more than 5 minutes and provides Haas with invaluable information that will help us better provide resources and guidance to your peers who follow you. Even if you haven’t yet accepted a full-time job or heard from grad school, please complete the survey now – you can return to it again once your plans settle. As an alum, you continue to have access to  Handshake for a full 5 years after graduation – we hope you’ll take advantage of that as you need it.  If you run into any issues accessing the survey, please reach out to Karen Lin ([email protected]) directly.

Once finishing the survey please remember to come pick up your Haas CO’ 2024 Mug at the UGPO office in S460.

Live Stream of Ceremony