2021 Integrative Biology Commencement Ceremony

Updated 2/10/21

Due to COVID-19 we will not be holding an in-person ceremony for May 2021. A virtual ceremony is being planned and more information will be added to this page as plans are finalized.

Date: May 17, 2021, 6 pm
Keynote Speaker: Caroline Williams
Graduate Student Speaker: TBD
Undergraduate Student Speaker: TBD

Students graduating Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 are eligible to participate. Students may only participate in one IB ceremony. Registration is now open through Marching Order. If you did not receive registration information, please contact ibusso@berkeley.edu. 


  • Early April – Commencement registration opens in Marching Order. Emails will be sent to all eligible students with information to register. Please fill out both the general commencement and IB specific registrations.
  • April 14 – Deadline to register for commencement. 
  • May 15: General Commencement
  • May 17: IB Commencement video released 6 pm

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 following information pertains only to our departmental ceremony.

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.

Commencement vs. 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. 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. 

Watch the livestream of the 2019 commencement here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIB3c1jB-vs