Commencement Day Instructions

Congratulations, Rausser College Graduates!

Additional tickets will be sold day-of at the Greek Theatre Box Office (by North Main Entrance) before the Rausser College commencement ceremony. Extra student name-cards will be on hand to fill out at the ceremony if you have not yet received one. 

Security procedures at the Greek

All patrons entering the Greek Theatre will be required to walk through metal detectors at the entrances to the venue. Please ensure that you arrive early to allow for this new security step and to ensure that you are in your seat and ready for the performance on time!

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)
  • Skateboards/Bicycles/Scooters
  • Musical Instruments
  • Fireworks
  • Nose-Makers/Airhorns
  • Rolls of Toilet Paper
  • Balloons (may be tied-off at the entrance gates at own discretion)
  • Large Umbrellas
  • Signs/Banners/Flags
  • 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

Please do not use confetti and glitter for your commencement and graduation photos as leftover glitter poses an environmental threat to Strawberry Creek.

What to Wear

During May, the weather in Berkeley can vary from sunny and hot to rainy and cold. We recommend you dress in layers.

In addition to wearing your cap and gown, some things you might consider bringing are:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Water bottle
  • Seat cushion
  • Coat/sweater

Greek Theatre Gates Open

The South gate to the Greek Theatre will be open for Rausser graduates at 5:30 pm. 

College Commencement Program

Commencement will begin promptly at 7pm and we estimate the ceremony will conclude by 9pm.


The College will not be hosting a reception.

Your Location in the Theater

Graduate students and faculty sit on stage. Undergraduates sit in the Greek Theatre's pit. Use this map to see approximately where undergraduate students will be seated. Family and friends should know ahead of time where 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.

Special Seating and Other Accommodations

The deadline to submit special seating requests is April 29th. Special seating guest(s) should be dropped off at the south entrance of the Greek Theatre (through the Bowles lot). We will have special seating request information at this gate and ushers to assist special seating guests. Due to limited special seating, guests who cannot manage stairs may have a maximum of one additional guest sit with them in the special seating area. The house staff will make every effort to sit additional family and friends close by. Please note that the special seating area, while accessible, has concrete seating. Guests may bring seat cushions.

The deadline to submit communications accommodations is also April 29th. Individuals who submitted the online form prior to April 29th should check in with an usher upon their arrival to the Greek.

If graduates or guests require any other form of accommodation to participate fully in Rausser College's Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony, please contact us at to request those accommodations between now and May. Requests made after this date will be considered but may not be fulfilled without adequate notice. If you would like more information about campus accessibility and physical access features, please go to


For all other questions, comments, or concerns about Commencement 2022, please contact

Office of Instruction and Student Affairs
260 Mulford Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-0542

We look forward to seeing you at Commencement 2022!