Social Welfare Commencement

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Spring 2020 Commencement Update: April 21, 2020
Chancellor Christ's Letter to Students

Spring 2020 Commencement Update: March 31, 2020
The School of Social Welfare has postponed our Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony. Departments are currently working with Cal Performances on a plan for presenting postponed graduation ceremonies at a later date yet to be determined. We will announce details here about our rescheduled graduation as soon as they become available. 

Spring 2020 Commencement Update: March 23, 2020
As many of you know, all UC Berkeley students on the spring and summer 2020 degree lists have been notified that the May 15 all-campus commencement has been postponed. The campus is working on guidance for departments, schools, colleges and affinity groups for our specific graduation ceremonies, and we will share that information as soon as it's available.

Commencement Tickets

Updated information will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.

Official Cal Regalia and Graduation Supplies

Graduates may purchase caps and gowns, along with other graduation gear, at the ASUC Student Store in MLK Union, and/or Fall Rush Berkeley located at 2480 Bancroft Way. You can also place your regalia order directly with the Cal Student Store.

Honor Cords for Undergraduates

The Department will provide Honor Cords to eligible undergraduate Social Welfare majors. 

Hood Color for Masters Students

The official hood color for MSW students is "Citron." When ordering, be sure to indicate your degree in the order details.

Graduation Photography

GradImages is the official campus photographer for commencement. Approximately 24 hours after the ceremony you will receive information from them on how to access your proofs and order your commencement photos. GradImages sends both email notifications and mails paper proofs to the address they have on file for you. You may also preregister your contact information with GradImages to receive your proofs, and receive a discount on any orders.

 Pre-register and receive 20% off your photos.

GradImages Customer Service

Guest and Visitor Information

ADA Accessibility for Guests

Please be sure to communicate any special accommodation needs you or your guests may have when you RSVP for Commencement.

We will provide the Zellerbach house staff with a list of participants and guests requiring special assistance in advance. We strongly encourage you to inform guests who use a wheelchair or have other special seating/accommodation needs to arrive 15 minutes prior to the doors opening to the general audience. Cal Performances ushers will greet guests requiring ADA assistance at about 6:15 p.m., and will assist your guests with seating in the auditorium.

Parking and Transportation

Zellerbach Auditorium Directions & Parking

Reserved parking is not available for commencement and we encourage you take public transportation. If you choose to drive, please refer to the campus map for directions.

During commencements at Berkeley, Student "S" Permit areas will be open to the public at the hourly rate. Purchase parking from the "Pay by Space" dispensing machine. Parking and Transportation will also sell parking for Zellerbach Auditorium at the following locations:

  • Dana/Durant Lot ($10)
  • RSF Garage ($10)
  • Lower Sproul Garage ($15)

The City of Berkeley Telegraph Channing Garage (formerly the Sather Gate Garage), located two blocks from the UC Berkeley Campus, is also available.

Coming to Berkeley

For information about where to stay, dine, and sight-see in the City of Berkeley, please see Visit Berkeley.

Degrees and Diplomas

Students will not receive their diploma on the day of the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed by the Office of the Registrar approximately 3.5 months after the ceremony. For more information please see Transcripts and Diplomas.

Posting of MSW Degrees

MSW degrees are expected to be posted to students' transcripts no earlier than June 15. The degree conferral date is May 16, 2020. For information regarding requirements and the process for LCSW licensure in California, please visit the Board of Behavioral Sciences.