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 Greek Theatre.

After the Commencement Ceremony, a light reception will be held at the Campanile Esplanade from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. More details to follow!

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

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.

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, Guest Information

  • Graduates must register to participate in commencement, but do not need to purchase a ticket.
  • Purchased tickets will be delivered by email only. Mail and will call delivery methods are not available. Students should email tickets@calperformances.org 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 bph-commencement@berkeley.edu 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, if they would like to wear it for their ceremony. Regalia is not required. Caps and gowns may be purchased from the Cal Student Store. For more information regarding caps and gowns, graduation announcements, and ordering yearbooks, please 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, Sunday 11 am–5 pm.

Watch short videos on how to wear academic regalia on the Berkeley Engineering YouTube channel.

Transportation to Commencement

​​We recommend taking public transportation. Reserved parking is not available for commencement. If you choose to drive, please consult the campus map for directions. Parking may be available in campus parking lots on a first-come, first-served basis. You may also park in the surrounding city parking lots. Rates and hours may vary.

Accessibility

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 bph-commencement@berkeley.edu 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.

Program

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Request Additional Information

Email bph-commencement@berkeley.edu with additional questions.