Tickets, cap & gown, and photographs


Tickets are required for everyone except graduates. Each graduating student who signed up on-line (available in early spring 2016) to be in the Political Science Commencement Ceremony may pick up his/her two (2) free tickets at the Political Science Main Office starting Tuesday, April 19th until Friday, May 13th, 2016. 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.

ADDITIONAL tickets may be purchased through Cal Performances starting Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 at the Zellerbach Hall Ticket Office, by phone at (510) 642-9988, or online(external link) 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 $10 in advance, $11 day of event. Additional charges apply if tickets are purchased by phone or online.

On Commencement Day, tickets will be sold only at the North Gate of the Greek Theatre when the gates open at 1:00PM. Tickets will not be sold through the Political Science department.

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 in the Graduation Department of the Cal Student Store starting March 30th, 2016.  Attend the Grad Fair from March 30th through April 1st between 10:00am to 4:00pm in Lower Sproul to get everything you need, or visit the Cal Student Store. Questions should be directed to the store at 510-845-1226 x688.


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.