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 Join us for a virtual Graduation Celebration for the Class of 2020! 

Due to the continuing public health threat posed by COVID-19, the History Department’s Spring 2020 Commencement must be a virtual celebration this year.

We invite all graduates, their families and friends, and the department community to join us remotely on Wednesday, May 20, for a virtual commencement. This program will include remarks from Department Chair Peter Zinoman and words from additional History faculty and students to commemorate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020. Graduating students, please make sure to fill out the Registration Forms listed below. 

In addition, the deparment will host a graduation celebration for the class of 2020 on campus at a future date. We will share updates on this page about the May 20th virtual commencement and the future on-campus celebration as details become available.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to celebrating with you on May 20th!

If you have any questions, please email

Undergraduate Students

 Graduate Students

University-Wide Commencement Ceremonies

Spring 2020:
 While the formal Commencement Ceremony is postponed, please join us on Saturday, May 16, 2020 @ 2pm for University of Blockley Commencement: a student-run graduation in a virtual Minecraft stadium. This will be livestreamed on Twitch. Contribute to the celebration today, by posting a selfie or video with encouraging words and tag it #CalGrad. Learn more at

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