Berkeley Public Health Commencement

Monday, May 13 2024
Hearst Greek Theatre

Welcome to the School of Public Health Commencement page. On May 13, 2024 at 2:00 pm, we will be celebrating the Baccalaureate, Masters, and Doctoral degrees of the Class of 2024 with an in-person ceremony at the Hearst Greek Theatre.

After the ceremony, there will be light refreshments offered at the Campanile Esplanade from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Each graduate may bring up to four guests (maximum) due to the venue’s capacity. Please be advised that this is not considered dinner, so we do suggest that families make dinner reservations well in advance during this busy time. If you do plan to attend the reception immediately following the ceremony, please RSVP here.

Save the date! Up next: Registration coming in early March. Tickets will be available for purchase in April.

Eligibility for Participation

All Berkeley Public Health undergraduate and graduate students graduating in 2024 are eligible to participate in the Berkeley Public Health Commencement Ceremony at 2 pm on May 13, 2024, at the Greek Theatre. This includes those who graduated in fall 2023 and those who intend to graduate in spring 2024, and summer 2024.

Ticketing, Seating, and Guest Information

  • Graduates are required to register with their respective BPH Program Managers and subsequently through Marching Order to participate in the commencement ceremony. However, there is no need for graduates to purchase a ticket. Graduates will receive up to (4) complimentary tickets after completing their Exit Survey with the option to purchase up to (10) additional tickets online at $10/each through
  • Please be aware that only permits the purchase of up to (5) additional tickets in a single order. If you require more than the (5) additional tickets, in addition to the (4) complimentary tickets you will receive as a graduate, please create two separate orders accordingly.
  • Purchased tickets will be delivered by email only. Mail and will-call delivery methods are not available. Students should email if they have not received their e-tickets or if they have any general questions.
  • All commencement ticket sales are final. No refunds, no exceptions.
  • Disability accommodations for graduates and guests: If you or any of your guests require accommodations for disabilities (e.g., wheelchair seating, sign language interpreter, etc.), please complete the Special Seating Request Form with your contact information and special seating request. Kindly be advised that special seating requests are not guaranteed and will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the event. Please feel free to contact with any questions.
  • Important note regarding seating at the Greek Theatre:  All seating is general admission, not reserved, and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. It is possible that guests may have to climb the steep steps to sit on the grassy hillside above the concrete bleacher seating. Once the concrete bleacher seating area has reached capacity, guests will be directed to the lawn by Greek Theatre staff.
  • The Greek Theatre is open to the elements, and you and your guests should be prepared for any kind of weather and a wide range of temperatures. There are no indoor, temperature-controlled areas at the Greek Theatre. It may be cold and foggy, or very hot and sunny. Sunscreen is highly recommended, as is layered clothing. Guests and students should dress accordingly. Guests, especially those with heat or sun sensitivities, are encouraged to bring factory-sealed bottled water and umbrellas for shade (or rain if necessary). Commencement will take place rain or shine.
  • The Greek Theatre/UCPD will be checking bags at all of the entrance gates.
  • View a list of items that are prohibited inside the Greek Theatre
    • Large bags or backpacks
    • Noisemakers / air horns
    • Balloons (may be tied-off at the entrance gates at own discretion)
    • Baby strollers (designated parking is available just inside the gate)
    • Glass bottles/aluminum cans
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Coolers/ice chests
    • Skateboards/bicycles/scooters
    • Musical instruments
    • Fireworks
    • Rolls of toilet paper
    • 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

    View more information on the Greek Theatre’s website.

Caps, Gowns, and Regalia

Students are responsible for providing their own regalia to wear at their ceremony. Please note there will not be extra regalia available onsite. Caps and gowns may be purchased or rented from the Cal Student Store. We do have a limited number of regalia available for loan, so please see below for more information.

For regalia rentals or purchasing, visit the Cal Student Store website or the brick-and-mortar store at 2495 Bancroft Way. Store hours are Monday through Friday 9 am–6 pm, Saturday 10 am–6 pm, and Sunday 11 am–5 p

More Cal Student Store rental information (.pdf)


  • Undergrad, Masters: Blue & Gold
  • Doctoral: Gold


  • MPH and DrPH: Salmon
  • MS EHS & Epi: Gold
  • MA Biostats: White
  • PhD: Blue

We are happy to have available a lending library of previously worn regalia to loan out for this year’s BPH Commencement graduating students! Please note this service is first come, first served.

Go to the BPH Regalia Lending website to sign up to reserve your borrowed for available items (e.g., gowns, hoods).

Please note: you must sign up to reserve a set of regalia; if you show up without a reservation you will not be able to pick up regalia. Inventory is limited, although we invite new donations every year!

Please come to BWW Suite 2220 during one of the below times to pick up your reserved regalia:

  • Tuesday April 30, 11 am–3 pm
  • Wednesday May 1, 2 pm–4 pm
  • Thursday May 2, 1 pm–6 pm
  • Friday May 3, 10 am–12 pm
  • Monday May 6, 10 am–2 pm
  • Tuesday May 7, 1 pm–3 pm
  • Wednesday May 8, 12 pm–7 pm (last day)

If you cannot make it during any of the above times, or if you have any other questions please email

Order of Degrees

Graduates Called & Hooded by Faculty - DrPH and PhD Graduates Seated on Stage
2PhD Biostatistics
PhD Environmental Health Services
PhD Epidemiology
PhD Health Policy
PhD Infectious Diseases and Immunity
Graduates Called & Hooded by Faculty - Line-up Backstage
3MA Biostatistics
4MS Environmental Health Sciences
MS Environmental Health Sciences: Ergonomics
MPH Environmental Health Sciences
MPH Environmental Health Sciences: Ergonomics
MPH Environmental Health Sciences: Global Health and Environment
MPH Environmental Health Sciences: Environmental Health Sciences & City Planning (MPH/MCP)
MPH Environmental Health Sciences: Industrial Hygiene
5MS Epidemiology
MPH Epidemiology
MPH Epidemiology/Biostatistics
MPH Epidemiology/Biostatistics 4+1
6MPH Health Policy and Management
MPH Health Policy and Management & Public Policy (MPH/MBA)
7MPH Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology
8MPH Interdisciplinary
9MPH Health and Social Behavior
MPH Health and Social Behavior (MCP/MPH)
10MPH Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MPH/MSW) 4+1
11MPH Public Health Nutrition
12Online MPH: Epidemiology/Biostatistics
Online MPH: Health Policy and Management
Online MPH: Interdisciplinary
Online MPH: Public Health Nutrition
Undergrads Called by Marching Order - Line-up in Bowles Parking Lot South Gate Entrance
13BA Public Health: Honors
BA Public Health

Transportation to Commencement

​​We highly recommend taking public transportation. Reserved parking is not available for commencement. If you choose to drive, please consult the campus map for directions. Paid hourly parking may be available in campus parking lots on a first-come, first-served basis.

Find more spring 2024 commencement parking information on the Berkeley Parking and Transportation website.


Disability accommodations for graduates and guests: If you or any of your guests require accommodations for disabilities (e.g., wheelchair seating, sign language interpreter, etc.), please complete the Special Seating Request Form with your contact information and special seating request. Kindly be advised that special seating requests are not guaranteed and will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the event. Please feel free to contact with any questions.

Parking and Transportation accessibility information can be found here.

Commencement Photos

Berkeley Public Health has made arrangements with GradImages Photo to photograph every graduate at the moment the scroll is given. For more information about ordering photos, visit the GradImages website.


A printed program will be available on-site on the day of the event. A digital version of the commencement program will be available for download and printing.

Commencement Speaker

Gerald Chan

Gerald Chan is a scientist and a global leader in biotechnology. In his career as a venture capitalist, he has been involved in the building of over a hundred biotech companies. Of these, over a dozen companies were co-founded by him with intellectual property spun out from universities. His work has resulted in first-in-class drugs, diagnostics and medical devices being approved by regulatory agencies for use in the clinic.

In recent years, his work has focused on using AI to develop digital biomarkers, digital diagnostics and therapeutics for dementia, autism and behavioral disorders. Deployed at the population level, his work is changing healthcare by concurrently improving clinical outcome for patients, lowering healthcare cost, making healthcare more accessible and streamlining the workload of healthcare workers.

Gerald was trained at UCLA, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. For his contributions to science and public health, he was awarded seven honorary doctorates and elected to honorary fellowships at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Trinity College of Cambridge University and Wolfson College of Oxford University. He is the Honorary Professor of Translational Medicine at University of Manchester.

Stay Safe

The Greek Theatre is an outdoor venue. You will not be required to show proof of a vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter. Face coverings are required indoors (e.g., restrooms), and optional, however recommended, when seated outdoors during the ceremony. Visit the Berkeley Commencement FAQ for more public health recommendations.

Please note changes may be made to entrance requirements in the months leading up to the ceremony. Please check back for updates.

Class Gift

For more than 20 years, the graduating students at Berkeley Public Health have decided upon a meaningful class gift to leave as their legacy and a way to enhance the experiences of future public health students. This year’s gift will include three options: Support for the DREAM office’s initiatives, emergency fund and food pantry and/or support the mural community art project.

No donation is too small. Our goal is to reach the highest possible participation rate. We are aiming at 100% student participation.

Where would you like to focus this year’s class gift campaign? Please complete the Class Gift Form by Monday, March 11, 2024.

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Markay (she/her), Assistant Director, Alumni & Donor Relations at (510) 206-2911.

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