Student FAQ

Q: When and where is the Sociology Commencement Ceremony?

A: The 2014 Sociology Commencement Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 19th, 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?
A: Cap & gown rental is coordinated by the Graduation Department of the Cal Student Store.

Q: Who is eligible to attend the Commencement Ceremony?
A: All UC Berkeley students who are on the degree list for Spring, Summer, or Fall 2014 or who have graduated in Summer or Fall 2013 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 11th.  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 come to 420 Barrows during the following days and times 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:

Tues, April 15th: 1:30-4pm

Wed, April 16th: 9-Noon

Tues, April 22nd: 1:30-4pm

Fri, April 25th: 9-Noon

-If you need additional tickets, you may purchase them directly from Cal Performances Box Office ( You may purchase up to six additional tickets 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.