Commencement and Graduation

2024 Integrative Biology Commencement Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 13, 2:00 pm

Location: Zellerbach Auditorium
Keynote Speaker: Anand Varma '08
Undergraduate Student Speaker: TBA
Tickets: $15/tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through Cal Performances: or by Phone: 510.642.9988 or In-person at the box office. 
The free tickets from registering will be available to pick up in VLSB 3060 during RRR week and Finals week. Must register by April 12.

Students graduating Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024, and Fall 2024 are eligible to participate. Students may only participate in one IB ceremony and participating in commencement does not mean requirements have been verified (see below for more information on Commencement vs Graduation).


  • Early-March – IB commencement registration opens. Emails will be sent to all eligible students with information to register. Please fill out both the general commencement and IB specific registrations.
  • April 12 – Deadline to register for commencement. 
  • May 11: General Commencement
  • IB Commencement: Monday May 13, 2:00pm

We will send updates regarding Commencement through the graduates' Berkeley email. So please make sure you are checking your email for important announcements and updates.

Additional Commencement Information

Campus-wide Commencement vs. IB Commencement
The campus-wide commencement ceremony (also known as General Commencement) and the IB commencement ceremony are two different events. General Commencement celebrates all majors who are graduating at UCB and the IB commencement ceremony is restricted to IB undergraduate and graduate students only. Students interested in participating in the campus-wide commencement should visit the commencement website. The information on this page pertains only to our departmental ceremony.

Commencement vs. Graduation
Commencement and graduation are two separate things. 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. Students need to be on the degree list for the term in which all requirements for graduation will be completed. See Graduation and Transcripts and Diplomas for more information. 

Diplomas will be sent to all graduating seniors at no charge. Diplomas are mailed four months after graduation to the diploma mailing address in Cal Central. Make sure to check and update this address prior to graduation.