Due to COVID-19, we will not be holding an in-person ceremony for May 2021. 

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What:           2021 MCB Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
When:  May 17, 2021, 6 pm

The 2021 MCB Commencement is now available!

Watch now on YouTube and check out the Program.

Who: Students graduating Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 are eligible to participate. Students may only participate in one MCB ceremony.
Registration  Registration is now closed.

General timeline:

  • Early April- Commencement registration opens in Marching Order. Emails will be sent to all eligible students with information to register. Please fill out both the general commencement and MCB specific registrations.
  • April 14: Deadline to register for commencement.
  • May 15: General Commencement
  • May 15-20: Week of departmental ceremonies. MCB's exact date will be released by the end of February.

We will send updates regarding Commencement through graduates' Berkeley email. So please make sure you are checking your email for important announcements and updates.

MCB Commencement 2021

Campuswide Commencement vs. MCB Commencement
The Campuswide Commencement Ceremony (also known as General Commencement) and the MCB Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony are two different events. Campuswide Commencement celebrates all majors who are graduating at UCB and the MCB Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony is restricted to MCB majors only. Students interested in participating in the Campuswide Commencement should visit the Commencement website. The following information pertains only to our departmental ceremony.

Keynote Speaker
Elçin Ünal

Diplomas will be sent to all graduating seniors at no charge. Diplomas are mailed four months after graduation to the diploma mailing address in Cal Central. Make sure to check and update this address before graduation.

Commencement vs. Graduation
Commencement and Graduation are two separate events. Commencement is a ceremony, a celebration for you and your family of the completion (or near completion!) of your college years. Participating in Commencement does not mean that you have graduated. Graduation is the process by which you receive a degree from Berkeley. Students need to be on the degree list for the term in which all requirements for graduation will be completed. See Graduation and Transcripts and Diplomas for more information.