Parking, directions, and accomodations

Directions

Parking

For commencement parking information, please visit the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation Special Event Parking Website(external link).

Please consider avoiding parking stress by using the BearTransit shuttle service.

Catch an eastbound shuttle near the Downtown Berkeley BART station [buses stop at Addison and Shattuck Sq. next to Bank of America]; or at the intersection of Hearst and Euclid streets.

BearTransit shuttles will be accessible at no cost to graduating seniors (who are attired in cap and gown, or can identify themselves) and their families.

Shuttle lines circuit the campus at approximately 12-24 minute intervals. View the BearTransit page for transit information, shuttle schedules and route maps.

Weather

Rain or shine, the show must go on! Whatever the weather, head for the Greek Theatre(external link)! Please keep in mind that the Greek Theatre is an outdoor amphitheatre with little to no shade. Mornings may be cold in Berkeley, but the weather may significantly warm up by the end of the ceremony. We suggest that you wear layered clothing and bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, plenty of water and, if rain is forecast, an umbrella.

General Information

Area hotels fill up in May. If you have family or friends coming to your ceremony from out of town, suggest that they make reservations immediately. For information about local accommodations, restaurants, and things to do in Berkeley, refer to the Berkeley Convention and Visitors Bureau(external link) and the UCB Visitors Center(external link).

Disability Accommodations

If you or any of your guests have a hearing loss that will require a sign language interpreter or real-time captioner, please email the department at polisci_commencement@lists.berkeley.edu at least a month in advance. Advance notice is required to ensure the best possible arrangements.

Guests using wheelchairs or who need to limit stair use should contact polisci_commencement@lists.berkeley.edu at least two weeks in advance to inquire about seating arrangements. Due to space constraints, seating in the reserved area may be limited to one companion for each disabled guest.

Graduating students who use a wheelchair or expect to be using crutches or a cane on Commencement Day should contact Suzanne or Efrat in 296 Barrows (or email psadvise@berkeley.edu to arrange seating and plan access to and from the stage.

We recommend that guests reserving space in either the wheelchair section or accessible section arrive when the gates open at 1:00PM, in order to be seated before the crowds arrive.

Drivers with disabled placards or license plates may park in the Bowles Lot(external link) ($10 fee) or in any disabled-designated campus space. The entrance to the Bowles Lot is on Stadium Rim Way, just around the corner from Gayley Road, immediately south of the Greek Theatre. Reservations are not required. There may be limited parking in the Bowles lot and some of it is uphill and the pavement is uneven, so arrive early for the most accessible spaces.

For additional information about accessible parking, please visit the Parking and Transportation website(external link).

Traffic is likely to be heavy around the campus and parking may be difficult, so be sure to allow plenty of time to get there.