Evening & Weekend MBA Program

Class of 2012


Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012, 9 AM


Greek Theatre


Speaker: Shantanu Narayen, President and CEO of Adobe


All events are scheduled RAIN or SHINE!





There are four items that you need for Commencement: a cap, gown, hood and tassel.  They are sold as a package called the Master Gown Package. There are two ways to purchase these items:

-Beginning on April 2, you can order online and have the items shipped to you, or you can pick them up in the store. Shipping costs range between $9-$22.  Please note:  You will need to provide your height, degree and department in the “comments” section of the billing & shipping page.

-Beginning on April 2, you can purchase and pick up your graduation essentials in one visit to the Graduation Department of the Cal Student Store (located on the lower level of the of the MLK Student Union Building, at the corner of Bancroft and Telegraph) beginning in late March and ending in late May.  We recommend that you visit the store during off-peak hours, such as early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid long lines. Please allow at least 1/2 hour to order and pick-up your graduation items.

The Graduation Department is located on the lower level of the store and will be open during the following hours:
Monday-Friday: 9 am-5 pm
Saturday: 11 am-5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm- 5pm

Your graduation package, including all of the items that you need will cost $98.99 (plus tax).

Please note: Light brown is the color of the hood for the MBA degree.



The Commencement ceremony will be held in the Hearst Greek Theatre on Saturday, May 19th, 2012 at 9:00 AM. No tickets are needed for the ceremony and you may invite an unlimited number of guests. Seating for the ceremony is general admission. Please remember to tell your guests that the Greek Theatre is an outdoor amphitheatre and to plan appropriately.


Graduates should arrive at 8:00 AM at the south end of the back stage area. Pick up a program when you enter the Greek Theatre, proceed to the EWMBA table and pick up an index card. You will write your name on this card as you want it to be announced when you walk across the stage. There is no special seating order for the EWMBA graduates. You will be in a single file line when you go out of the gate, so be sure to stand either in front of or behind the person you wish to sit with. At 9:00 AM promptly, Pomp and Circumstance will begin and the MBA graduates will march out into the seating areas. Graduates will be acknowledged in the following order: EWMBA, FTMBA and Berkeley-Columbia MBA. Each degree program will recognize their top student and each will have a student speaker. EWMBA graduates will walk across the stage, have their name read by the Executive Director, receive a scroll, and have their picture taken with Dean Rich Lyons before proceeding back to the seating area. Children are welcome to accompany you as you cross the stage (hold their hand or carry them). You can have family or friends bring the children to you at the point right before you go up on stage. Then, after you go across, have them meet you at the end of the stage to meet the children and take them back to their seats. We ask that all students stay for the entire ceremony.


The ceremony will last until approximately 11:00 AM.


Restrooms are located at both ends of the amphitheater. A wheelchair-accessible restroom is located inside the North entrance.



For those of you who would like to have a child walk across the stage with you, we have specific guidelines to ensure a safe and smooth process.  At the point when EWMBA students are ready to walk across the stage, an adult should bring the child down to the right side of the stage (as you look at the stage).  There will be a designated area for family members to hand over a child to a graduate.  Once the hand off is made, the family member needs to walk through the audience to the left side of the stage and pick up the child after you (the graduate) come off stage.  We have created a fun video to illustrate this process. 



A champagne reception will be held at the Campanile Esplanade from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, immediately following the ceremony. You may enter the reception for free by wearing your cap and gown. Each student will be given two free tickets for guests. You may invite as many additional guests as you wish at a cost of $5.00 per ticket. Children five and under are admitted for free. Free and purchased tickets can be picked up in the EWMBA Program office in May.



Wheelchair and seating for guests with special needs (few or no stairs) is available in the Greek Theatre at all entrances. When your guest enters the Greek Theatre, they should ask an usher or staff member to escort them to the special seating area. One wheelchair is available in the Greek Theatre to transport guests with special needs to their seats. Due to space constraints, Cal Performances can only guarantee seating for one companion for each guest in the special seating area. Please note that although the Greek Theatre is a wheelchair accessible venue, it is large and steep and we recommend that guests needing extra assistance have an escort.



General parking for your guests will be available in the Foothill Lot (Hearst Avenue, east of Highland Avenue,) and the Upper Hearst Structure (Hearst and Gayley Avenue.) The cost will be $10.00 (cash only).* If your guest has a Handicapped Parking placard, parking is available for $10 (cash only) on a first come-first served basis in the Bowles Hall lot (adjacent to the South side of the Greek Theatre). If your guest does not have a Handicapped Parking placard, we recommend that you drop your guest off in the loading zone in front of the North entrance to the Greek Theatre on Gayley Road. This is the designated Handicapped entrance to the Greek Theatre. One wheelchair is available in the Greek Theatre to transport guests with special needs to their seats. *Please note that these prices are subject to change.

*Please note that these prices are subject to change.







The ceremonial scroll you receive at Commencement is not a diploma. Degrees take several months to process. Your diploma comes from the University and will not be available until the fall. Diplomas for graduates will be automatically mailed free of charge approximately 3.5 months after the end of the term to the diploma address supplied by you on Bear Facts.

Details and the link to the Diploma request form are available at the following web page: http://registrar.berkeley.edu/?PageID=diplomas.html