Spring 2022 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 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.

Ceremony

The Commencement ceremony will be held at the Hearst Greek Theatre on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 9:00am.

This year’s commencement speaker is Haas Faculty member: Aaron McDaniel. Aaron is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business Undergraduate Program, where he is also currently a member of the faculty teaching entrepreneurship. Aaron is a serial entrepreneur who has founded a number of successful ventures including 3 that were acquired.  Currently, he is a founding partner at Grow Scale, a commercial real estate private equity firm, and co-founder of 10X Innovation Lab, a global accelerator and innovation consulting firm.  More information is available here.

Morning of the Ceremony

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 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 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,

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.

Tickets for the Ceremony

You may invite an unlimited number of guests to the ceremony (tickets are $10.00 each, children under 5 are free but must have a ticket). Graduates may enter the ceremony without charge by wearing their regalia. Tickets for guests can be purchased through the following ways:

  1. On-line at tickets.berkeley.edu;
  2. By phone with Cal Performances at 510/642-9988;
  3. At the Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall (Tuesday-Friday. 12:00pm-5:30pm, Saturday-Sunday. 1:00pm-5:00pm)
  4. At the Greek Theatre on Monday, May 16th beginning at 8:00am until 8:30am. However, we recommend buying tickets ahead of time, if possible.

All persons entering the Greek Theatre except graduates need a ticket. Children 5 and under are free, but must have a ticket. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, April 19th, 2022.

Security

As a security measure, there will be metal detectors 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 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. Graduates may enter the Reception for free by wearing their regalia. Your guests should show their Commencement Program at the entrance to the Reception for admission.

Cap and Gown Information

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

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/

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 does not 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).

Driving to and Parking at UC Berkeley for Commencement

Parking to Greek Theatre and Directions

Parking Information for Commencement Ceremonies 2022 (pdf)

Rain or Shine

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

Haas Alumni Web Page

Ordering Your Diploma and Final Transcript

Complete the “Career Destinations Survey”

Use this link and tell us about what you’re doing after graduation – we’re interested even if you’re still looking for a job or have other plans! By completing this survey, you have a chance to win an i-pad mini and other prizes. This data is crucial to communicating to alumni, recruiters, and future students what people do with the Haas degree. It may also be used for business school ranking purposes – rankings help maintain the value of your degree, so it’s in your best interest to reply.

Live Stream of Ceremony

The video streaming link of the 2022 ceremony is available below. You will be able to watch the live stream in real-time or after the event.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z5JtYoAFtY