2017 Commencement Ceremony: Tuesday, May 16th at 9 a.m. in Zellerbach Auditorium

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. Students' names and thesis topics will be read as they cross the stage, and a reception will follow. The keynote speaker will be Mary Elizabeth Berry, Class of 1944 Professor of History.

  • Doors Open for Guests: 8:30 a.m.
  • Musical Interlude: 8:30–9:30 a.m.
  • Ceremony Start: 9:30 a.m.

Registration Timeline

Early Bird Registration Deadline (for free tickets):
Sunday, April 2, 2017

Free Ticket Distribution (for students who register by March 31):
April 11–28, 2017

  • Undergraduates: pick up tickets from main office (3229 Dwinelle)
  • Graduates: pick up tickets from Mabel Lee (3310 Dwinelle)

Purchase Tickets at Cal Performances for $10:
April 11 – May 16

Undergraduate Students

Graduate Students


Senior Convocation (University-Wide Commencement Ceremony)

In addition to the departmental ceremony, the university also offers a campuswide commencement ceremony. It will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 10 a.m. in Memorial Stadium. Graduating seniors from all academic disciplines can participate. Please note that names will not be read at this ceremony. For more information, visit