College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Commencement Information for Students


We expect all students and guests to be courteous to the presenters as well as other audience members. Remember:

  • Turn off cell phones and other sound bearing devices for the duration of the ceremony
  • Remain in your seats until the emcee announces the end of the ceremony to ensure an enjoyable experience for all guests.



Graduates of the Forestry and Natural Resources major celebrate

Commencement is a fantastic celebration of achievement at CNR. Graduation Announcements are formal notices to send to family and friends announcing your graduation.

CNR does not require that students purchase announcements. You can purchase them through the Cal Student Store, 510-642-7028.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Instruction and Student Affairs.

More information is available from the Cal Student Store.


Graduates of the Forestry and Natural Resources major celebrate

Diplomas are not awarded at CNR Commencement.

For more information, contact the Cal Student Central

Cap & Gown

Congratulations, CNR Graduates!

All graduates must be in cap and gown to participate in the processional. Caps and gowns may be purchased through the Cal Student Store. For more details, see the Graduation Department of the Cal Student Store or call 510-642-7028. You may also refer to this informational flyer (pdf)

Distinction Cords:
Students who are graduating with Distinction may choose to wear a distinction cord with their commencement robe. The distinction cord is a double gold rope that hangs from the back of the neck and dangles in front.

Students on the spring degree list who will graduate with Distinction are automatically eligible to buy these cords. Bring your student ID with you to the Cal Student Store. Summer and Fall graduates who earned Distinction must speak to the Office of Instruction and Student Affairs so that we can inform the Cal Student Store of the your eligibility.

College Honors Program Cords:
This is a blue, gold, and green cord. This special cord is presented to those students who participate in a year-long honors thesis program and present their thesis at the College of Natural Resources Honors Symposium.


Commencement is a ticketed event. Each attendee must have a ticket to be admitted to commencement. (Graduates and children under the age of two do not need tickets).

CNR Graduates: Each CNR graduate will be allotted a total of 4 free tickets for the Spring CNR Commencement Ceremony. Additional tickets may be purchased at the Zellerbach Hall ticket office at $2.00 per ticket: Zellerbach box office hours. Tickets will go on sale at Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall on April 14, 2014. Look out for announcements from your advisor mid-April.

CNR Undergraduates: CNR will begin distribution of the 4 free tickets on April 14, 2014. Ticket distribution will be in 260 Mulford Hall, M-F, 8am - 11:45 and 1:00 - 4:45pm. Students must present identification to pick up tickets. Only those students who listed themselves on the CNR Commencement Program by the April 11, 2014 deadline will receive free tickets.

Masters and Ph.D candidates: Please pick up your 4 free tickets from your department advisor located in these buildings: ESPM 133 Mulford, PMB 111C Koshland, NST 129 Morgan, ARE 203 Giannini. Distribution of the 4 free tickets will begin on April 14, 2014.

If the extra ticket cost proposes a hardship, please come to 260 Mulford Hall and complete the "Hardship Ticket Application" by May 2, 2014. A limited number of tickets will be released to families in financial hardship. We will do our best to meet requests.

Special Seating

Special seating can be arranged for disabled guests and guests who cannot manage stairs. You may send requests to by May 2, 2014.

Based on availability, students who submitted hardship appeals for extra tickets, will be notified in early May to pick up your tickets.