Tickets, cap & gown, and photographs


Tickets are required for everyone except graduates.   

Each graduating student who signed up online to attend the Political Science Commencement may pick up his/her three (3) free tickets at the Political Science Main Office starting Monday, April 23rd until Wednesday, May 9th, 2018. Participating students must appear in person with their student ID. Free tickets will NOT be available on Commencement Day.  The Political Science Main Office is located in Barrows Hall (2nd floor), room 210 (near the elevators). Hours are: Mon - Fri, 9:00am to 12noon and 1:00 to 4:30pm* CLOSED Tuesdays from 12noon to 2:30pm.
ADDITIONAL tickets may be purchased through Cal Performances starting Tuesday, April 24th 2018 at the Zellerbach Hall Ticket Office, by phone at (510) 642-9988, or online using a credit card.  The Zellerbach Hall Ticket Office is located at the northeast corner of Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. Ticket Office hours are: Tues - Fri, 12noon to 5:30 pm; Sat & Sun, 1:00pm - 5:00pm.
Please be sure to identify any guest age 8 and under.  Children age 8 and under are free but MUST HAVE a ticket.
There is no limit to the number of tickets that may be purchased. Seating is general admission. Tickets are $12 in advance, $13 day of event. Additional processing fees apply if tickets are purchased by phone or online.
On Commencement Day, tickets will be sold at the North Gate of the Greek Theatre only when the gates open at 6:00PM. Please NOTE that the Greek Theatre Ticket Office only accepts cash - not credit card!

Graduation Announcements

Graduation announcements are formal notices to send to family and friends announcing your graduation. Announcements come in two forms, generic or personalized, and can be purchased from the Cal Student Store(external link).Announcements are formal notices, not invitations. You may include an invitation with your announcement.

Cap & Gown

Caps and gowns will be available for purchase at the Cal Student Store (Graduation department) at 2495 Bancroft Way and the Student Store at 2470/2480 Bancroft Way after Spring Break.  The Student Store also has a Graduation Kick-Off Event just before Spring Break from March 19-22 (10:00-4:00).  You can purchase regalia (caps, gowns, tassels), diploma covers and other graduation products at this event and avoid the end of the semester rush.


Masters and Doctoral students can rent hoods for the ceremony from the Cal Student Store(external link). You can also purchase your graduation gown and hood.

Honors Cords

Students completing their honors thesis in Political Science are eligible to wear an honors cord during the commencement ceremony. Cords will be conferred at the Honors Reception (students will be notified of the exact day and time via e-mail).

Professional Photographs

Professional photographs at the ceremony will be taken by Grad Images Photo.