History Departmental Graduation Ceremony:

The department has one commencement ceremony a year, held in the Spring. History students graduating in Spring, Summer or either the proceeding or following Fall are welcome. This year's ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 at 9:30am, in Zellerbach Auditorium.  The keynote speaker will be our very own Martin Jay, Professor of History and The Sidney Hellman Ehrman Chair of European History.  Students' names and thesis topics will be read as they cross the stage, and a reception will follow.  


Doors Open for Guests: 8:30 a.m.

Musical Interlude: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Ceremony Start: 9:30 a.m.


The online registration process is no longer available.  Please contact if you have missed the registration deadline but still would like to walk in this year's ceremony.

EARLY BIRD Registration Deadline: 
Thursday, April 14th
This deadline ensures that you qualify for 4 free guest tickets and your name will be included in the printed program.
LATE Registration Deadline: 
Monday, May 9th
We welcome late registrants but cannot offer free tickets and your name may not be printed in the program.
Undergraduate *Comp* Ticket Distribution:
Monday, April 18th - Friday, May 6th


History Graduation Information and Signup for Undergraduate Students

Instructions and details on participation for undergraduate students (students earning their BA) are available for download here. 

History Graduation Information and Signup for Graduate Students

Students who will be receiving their MA or PhD should follow the instructions provided here.  

History Graduation Information for Guests

Guest Instructions

Senior Convocation (University-wide commencement ceremony):

In addition to the departmental ceremony the campus also offers a campuswide Commencement ceremony.  It will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016, 10:00 am, in Memorial Stadium.  Graduating seniors from all academic disciplines can participate.  Please note that names will not be read at this ceremony.

Details: Tickets for the campuswide ceremony are now available.  See