Foreign Languages Commencement Ceremony
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 9 a.m.
Zellerbach Playhouse
Reception immediately following in Ishi Court

Celtic Studies, Comparative Literature, Dutch, French, German, Italian Studies, Scandinavian, Slavic Languages & Literatures, and Spanish & Portuguese

All graduating students in the academic year 2019-2020 may attend this Spring’s Commencement ceremony. This includes all Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020 graduates.

Special notice to M.A. and Ph.D Candidates: If you intend to participate in Commencement this year, please contact Veronica Lopez, Graduate Office, at so that correct information can be included in the commencement program.

Tickets for the Spanish & Portuguese Commencement will go on sale on April 20. The link to purchase online will be posted here by that date. 

Due to limited seating, there is a limit of 5 tickets per graduate. Tickets are $5 each. Guests may select a free ticket for children (ages 5 and under). Tickets ordered online or by phone may be claimed at the box office, located in Zellerbach Hall during regular hours or beginning an hour before the ceremony at the Playhouse Box Office will call.  Remaining unsold tickets will also be available for purchase at the Zellerbach Playhouse Box Office on the day of commencement. Tickets may also be delivered via U.S. Mail. Students participating in the ceremony do not need a ticket. Admission to Zellerbach Playhouse is first come, first seated; doors will open at approximately 8:30am for guests. 

All students participating in the Spanish & Portuguese ceremony must meet in Dwinelle Plaza by 8:30am. Please leave all valuables (purses, back-packs, etc) with family or friends so you don’t have to carry anything with you during the ceremony.

Degree List: If you plan to complete your degree, you must be on the degree list. Please review this important information from the College of Letters & Science and make sure to confirm with a College Advisor that you are eligible for graduation:

Honors: Honors in Spanish or Portuguese cannot be granted without the successful completion of the Honors Course, H195A/B. All students graduating with honors in the Spanish & Portuguese Department may purchase Honors Cords to wear at the commencement ceremony. The Gift & Apparel section of the ASUC will have a list of all students in eligible for purchasing an Honors Cord. No distinction is made during the commencement ceremony between honors students and non-honors students. Honors are marked in the commencement program.

Your cap and gown can be purchased at the Grad Fair, date TBA. Or you can visit the Cal Student Store, 2495 Bancroft Way, 510.229.4703. Also, the Educational Opportunity Program has created the “Graduation Gown Lending Project” to support first generation and low income UC Berkeley students with free rental of graduation gowns. Please visit their website for more information: Graduation Gown Lending Project

The Spanish & Portuguese Department does not handle diplomas. The scroll you will receive at the commencement ceremony will commemorate all Commencement exercises of the Departments, Schools, and Colleges of the Berkeley Campus of the University of California. Diplomas are generally available about four months after your graduation date from the Office of the Registrar (120 Sproul Hall, 643-7490), or you can have it mailed to you. For more information, please visit the Office of the Registrar. If you need proof of completing your degree before the Registrar has processed your diploma, you may obtain a Certificate of Completion from them. More information regarding the Certificate of Completion is available on the Registrar’s website.

Lodging: For local hotel suggestions, visit the Cal Parents Resource Guide:
Venue: To locate Zellerbach Playhouse on the Berkeley Campus, please visit

Parking is difficult to find in the area. Please allow plenty of time to find parking so that you will not be late arriving at Dwinelle Plaza. For complete information about parking, please go to the Parking and Transportation website: Additional accessibility concerns may be addressed to Disability Access Specialist Ben Perez in the Disabled Students Program.

Saturday, May 16, 2020
10 am, California Memorial Stadium

Graduating seniors can also participate in the University campus-wide commencement ceremony in addition to the departmental ceremony. Please check their website for information about tickets, featured speaker and other important deadlines regarding participation.

Because of fire laws, and for the safety of everyone, we ask that friends and family refrain from leaving their seats and standing in the aisles to take pictures or videos. Students participating in commencement are asked to pre-register with Grad Images so that they can be contacted after the ceremony. All students who have pre-registered with Grad Images will receive their picture proofs via email within 24 hours after the ceremony. This email will contain the student’s PIN number that can be used to access that student’s pictures on Grad Image’s website. Students will also receive a picture proof in the mail 3-5 business days after the commencement ceremony. Students who would like their proof sent to any family members or friends, are welcome to register them.

Please contact Veronica Lopez: (510-642-8037)