The 2013 CNR Commencement Program
Mary K. Firestone
Associate Dean of Instruction and Student Affairs
J. Keith Gilless
Dean, College of Natural Resources
Co-Founder of Scharffenberger Chocolates & Founder of Scharffenberger Cellars
Advisor to artisinal food producers
Chairman of the College of Natural Resources Advisory Board
Presentation Of Candidates For Degrees
Doctor of Philosophy & Master of Science
Susan J. Muller
Associate Dean and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Kathleen R. Ryan
Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology
Bachelor Degree Candidates
What to Wear
During May, the weather in Berkeley can vary from sunny and hot to rainy and cold. Because commencement is taking place in the evening, we recommend you dress in layers, prepared for colder weather.
Some things you might consider bringing:
- Water bottle
- Seat cushion
For all other questions, comments, or concerns about Commencement 2013, please contact the
We are happy to help you in any way we can, and look forward to seeing you at Commencement 2013.
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 15, 2013. Look out for announcements from your advisor mid-April.
CNR Undergraduates: CNR will begin distribution of the 4 free tickets on April 15, 2013. 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 12, 2013 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 15, 2013.
If the extra ticket cost proposes a hardship, please come to 260 Mulford Hall and complete the "Hardship Ticket Application" by May 3, 2013. A limited number of tickets will be released to families in financial hardship. We will do our best to meet requests.
Special seating can be arranged for disabled guests and guests who cannot manage stairs. You may send requests to by May 3, 2013.
Based on availability, students who submitted hardship appeals for extra tickets, will be notified in early May to pick up your tickets.
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.
Congratulations! We'll see you at the Greek Theater on Sunday, May 19, 2013.
Commencement Day Instructions
Commencement is a fantastic celebration of achievement at CNR
UCPD has mandated that there will be bag searches conducted at all 2013 commencement ceremonies.
There is NO bag or coat check available at the Greek Theatre.
The following items are PROHIBITED inside the Greek Theatre:
- Large Bags or Backpacks
- Glass Bottles/Aluminum Cans
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Coolers/Ice Chests
- Baby Strollers (designated parking is available inside)
- Musical Instruments
- Rolls of Toilet Paper
- Balloons (may be tied-off at the entrance gates at own discretion)
- Tripods for Cameras
- Animals (with the exception of documented service animals)
- Lawn Furniture or Chairs (small blankets, cushions, and low-backed stadium seats are OK)
- Any Items That Can Be Perceived as Weapons
Greek Theater Gates Open
Both North and South gates to the Greek Theater will be open for CNR commencement guest admission at 6 pm.
CNR Commencement Program
CNR Commencement will begin promptly at 7 pm and we estimate the ceremony will conclude by 9 pm.
There will be no reception.
Students' Location in the Theater
Take a look at the map that shows approximately where the students will be seated in the pit of the Greek Theatre. Family and friends should know ahead of time where the students will be so that they can locate them more easily, without having to use cell phones. All seats at the Greek Theatre are neither shaded nor padded. Guests should bring seat cushions and jackets to ensure their comfort during the duration of the ceremony.
Please drop off special seating guest at the north entrance of the Greek (by the granite sign). We will have your name and requested number of special seating requests at the gate.
We expect all students and guests to be courteous to the presenters as well as other audience members. This is a reminder to turn off all cell phones and other sound-bearing devices for the duration of the ceremony. Please remain in your seats until the emcee announces the end of the ceremony to ensure an enjoyable experience for all guests.
Congratulations! We'll see you at the Greek Theatre Sunday, May 19, 2013!