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Calling all friends and families of 2021 Cal grads: local hotels are ready to welcome you with special rates for graduation week at UC Berkeley! Private dining and rental spaces are available to help celebrate your student’s academic achievement.
With the hybrid virtual/in-person (student-only) commencement schedule, there's plenty of places and opportunities to gather safely in Berkeley with your grad.
A message from UC Berkeley:
Virtual campuswide commencement — At 9 a.m. on May 15, 2021, all undergraduate and graduate students will be invited to join a virtual ceremony that will include speeches and the conferring of degrees. They will be able to share this online occasion with their family and friends. Students will receive an email with registration info in early April.
In-person, student-only procession — To honor a cherished part of graduation, we will hold an in-person, student-only procession at the Greek Theatre from May 16-20, 2021, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Only 200 graduates will be permitted to cross the stage per hour in 10-minute increments to maintain safety, which is why we are allotting five days so that everyone has the chance to participate. Graduates will be able to schedule their walkthrough when it works for them and can coordinate with their friends to sign up for the same time. Students will receive an email with registration info in early April. Please note that no guests, including family, will be allowed in the theater or on campus, but the procession will be livestreamed.