Student FAQ

Q: When and where is the Sociology Commencement Ceremony?

A: The 2018 Sociology Commencement Ceremony will be held on Monday May 14th, 8:45 a.m., at Zellerbach Auditorium. Students should arrive no later than 8:30 a.m.

Q: Approximately how long will the Commencement Ceremony take?
A: The ceremony will take about 2 hours, and will be followed by a reception.

Q: Will refreshments be provided at the reception?
A: Yes. Light refreshments will be provided.

Q: How do I obtain my cap & gown?
Cap & gown purchases is  coordinated by the Graduation Department of the following:

1)  Cal Student Store

2) The Student Store.

3) EOP Graduation Gown Lending Project Application 


Q: Who is eligible to attend the Commencement Ceremony?

A: All UC Berkeley students who are on the degree list for Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, or Fall 2018  are welcome to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. Students must be registered to participate, and all guests will need a ticket to enter Zellebach Auditorium.

Q: Who will be the student commencement speaker this year? How do I apply to be the speaker?
A: Each year we select one student to present the Sociology Undergraduate Address during the ceremony. Any graduating senior in sociology may apply to be the speaker. If interested, you should email a draft (more than an outline) of your proposed speech to Cristina Rojas at by Friday, April 6th.  The speech should be no longer than 5 minutes. The Sociology Department reviews the proposals and makes the final selection. For additional information, please see an Undergraduate Advisor.

Q: How do I obtain tickets?
After registering for the Sociology Commencement, you may visit Cristina Rojas or Seng Saelee  to pick up your two free tickets. Please note that students participating in the Sociology Commencement, do no need to purchase a ticket for themselves.  

-If you need additional tickets, you may purchase them directly from Cal Performances Box Office . You may purchase up to 10 additional tickets, per transaction, at a cost of $10 per ticket.

*Please note that tickets are available for purchase to the general public. If you have concerns about a specific individual attending commencement, please inform Seng Saelee or Cristina Rojas immediately.

Q: My name is difficult to pronounce. What should I do?
A: On the Commencement Registration Form, students are asked to spell their name phonetically, so we can pronounce your name as accurately as possible.