The Department of History holds one commencement ceremony and reception each year in mid-May.

Department of History Commencement Ceremony

Spring 2020: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 9am, Zellerbach Auditorium

8:30 a.m.  - Doors open to Zellerbach Auditorium for seating

9:00 a.m.  - Musical Prelude

9:30 a.m.  - Commencement Ceremonies begin

Reception immediately following the Ceremony in Ishi Courtyard, Dwinelle Hall


Undergraduate Students

 Graduate Students


 Registration Timeline

  • Registration Opens: Monday, March 9th
  • Free Ticket Registration Deadline: Friday, April 3rd
  • Final Registration Deadline: Friday, May 1
  • Free Ticket Pick-Up: April 15th – May 1

Undergraduates: Pick up from front office staff in 3229 Dwinelle

Graduates: Pick up from Todd Kuebler in 3310 Dwinelle

  • Purchase Tickets: April 8th - May 20th

$10 from Cal Performances Ticket Office

3.11.20: Note on regalia for 2020 Commencement:

As all campus-sponsored events through March 29 with more than 150 attendees will be canceled or postponed, the myGrad grad fair that was scheduled for March 17 to 19 has been cancelled. Instead, students can purchase their graduation regalia online at and pick it up at The Official Cal Student Store at any time.


University-Wide Commencement Ceremonies

Fall 2019: Saturday, December 21, 2019, Haas Pavilion

Spring 2020: Saturday, May 16, 2020, California Memorial Stadium

Honors & Awards

Departmental awards, selected by the faculty Honors Committee, are presented to students at the annual commencement ceremony. The most recent winners of departmental awards and the proposed honors graduates are listed here.

Recent Programs

May 2019

May 2018

2017 Winter Commencement — Chancellor Carol Christ and History Alumnus Austin Weinstein