Commencement

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


Department of History Commencement Ceremony

Spring 2021: Tuesday, May 18 @ 11am. 

Join us for a virtual Commencement ceremony to celebrate the Class of 2021!

We invite all graduates, their families and friends, and the department community to join us remotely on Tuesday, May 18th, for a virtual commencement. This program will include remarks from Department Chair Peter Zinoman, Guest Speaker Dr. Robin Mitchell (Ph.D. '10), and words from additional History faculty and students to commemorate the accomplishments of the Class of 2021. 

In addition, the deparment will host a graduation celebration for the class of 2021 on campus at a future date. We will share updates on this page about the May 18th virtual commencement and the future on-campus celebration as details become available.

Call for graduation speakers:

Undergraduates, if you are interested in being our 2021 undergraduate speaker, please reach out to History Advisor Leah Flanagan: leahf@berkeley.edu. Speeches are no more than 5 minutes long, and due by April 5th.


University-Wide Commencement Ceremonies

Fall 2020: Saturday, December 19, 2020 @ 10:00am

Spring 2021: May 15th, 2021 @ 9:00am. 

As crossing the stage with peers is an important part of commencement, the campus will be holding  an in-person, student-only procession at the Greek Theatre from May 16-20. Only a limited number of graduates will be permitted to cross the stage per hour to maintain safety; students will be able to sign up for a procession time that works for them and their friends. (Note that no guests, including family, will be allowed in the theater or on campus.) More details on this process will be posted shortly.

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 2020

May 2019