Spring Commencement

CNR's Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony will be held in the Hearst Greek Theatre on Saturday, May 16th, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm.

Commencement or Graduation?

Commencement and Graduation are two separate events. Commencement is a ceremony, a celebration for you and your family of the completion (or near completion!) of your college years. Participating in Commencement does not mean that you have graduated. Graduation is the process by which you receive a degree from Berkeley. See Diplomas and Graduation for more information.

All CNR students who graduated or will graduate in the following semesters are invited to participate. Please note that in order to participate and be listed in the program, you must have completed the online registration form before the April 13th deadline.

  • Summer 2014
  • Fall 2014
  • Spring 2015
  • Summer 2015
  • Fall 2015

The commencement ceremony is about two hours long.

Registration for Commencement

The deadline to register for commencement has passed.

Student Speaker Commencement Self-Nominations

All CNR students registered to participate in the CNR commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16th, 2015 are invited to apply for consideration for student commencement speaker. To be eligible, students must be on the Spring 2015 degree list or "walking" in the Spring 2015 ceremony and have an expected graduation date of Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2015, or Fall 2015. Students who wish to be considered must submit:
1) a statement (no more than one page) explaining why they would like to be the speaker and what they would like to address in their speech
2) a letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member (no more than one page)
3) a resume

The Office of Instruction & Student Affairs will send finalists a memo asking for additional information. The speakers will be chosen by a panel based on the nominee's ideas for the speech, academic record, student activities, and leadership. The actual student speech for commencement is approximately 5-7 minutes.

Please send your self nomination package to: cnrteaching@berkeley.edu (put "COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER" in the subject line) by Wednesday, April 15th, 2015​.