Commencement Day

What to Expect on Sociology Commencement Day

If you are participating in the ceremony you must be at Zellerbach Auditorium between 8:00am- 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 19th.  Please check-in at the table located next to the main entrance. You will be given your name card and instructions on where to sit and what to do on stage. There is no rehearsal. Please be on time!!

The doors at Zellerbach will open for guest seating at 8:00 a.m. (there are no seating assignments; it’s first-come, first-serve). The ceremony generally lasts about 2 hours, and the reception 1 hour. Zellerbach is not air-conditioned so you and your guests should dress accordingly.

Commencement Day Instructions:  All graduates should see here for Commencement instructions. Honor students: please also see here for special instructions.

Student Speaker: 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 April 5th. The speech should be no longer than 5 minutes. The Department of Sociology reviews the proposals and makes the final selection. For additional information, please see an Undergraduate Advisor.