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Published On February 17, 2017

February 17, 2017

The big day for future Cal alumni will be here before you know it! This year’s University of California, Berkeley graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at California Memorial Stadium, 2227 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94720.

UC Berkeley Commencement Ceremony

The UC Berkeley graduation ceremony begins at 10:00 am and will last about two and a half hours.  Graduates can purchase tickets for friends and family members; any remaining guest tickets may be purchased on the day of commencement at the Memorial Stadium entrance. Children 2 and under do not need tickets and can attend for free. It is advised to bring sunscreen and a hat.

Parking for UC Berkeley Graduation

For those who choose to drive, all UC Berkeley campus parking lots will be open to attendees on first-come, first serve basis. The closest parking structure is the Stadium Parking Structure located at 2175 Gayley Rd., Berkeley, CA 94720. Please refer to for a campus map. On graduation day, a Berkeley campus shuttle will be available for all graduates and their guests. A Cal Bear Transit shuttle eastbound near the Downtown Berkeley BART station will also be available.

Cal Graduation Gifts and Flowers

Don’t go to the commencement ceremony empty-handed. Campus Flowers, [2532 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, (510) 841-7705], offers a selection of beautifully arranged flower bouquets and floral leis. Commencement regalia, exclusive Cal memorabilia, and other Cal themed gifts can be purchased at the Cal Student Store [2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, (510) 229-4703].

Lodging for UC Berkeley Graduation

As friends and family of UC Berkeley’s Class of 2017 look forward to their graduate’s big day this spring, accommodations for that weekend get booked up fast. For over 15 years, the award-winning Holiday Inn Express & Suites Berkeley has been a prime choice for guests attending Berkeley graduations. This top-rated Berkeley hotel is just a few miles away from the University campus and offers complimentary parking onsite, free Wi-Fi, convenient citywide access, and spacious rooms. Best of all, guests can enjoy a free hearty breakfast before heading out on graduation day. To reserve your room today, visit or call (510) 548-1700.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

1175 University Ave

Berkeley, CA 94702

(510) 548-1700