May 2016 Commencement Announcements

Hello May 2016 Commencement Grads!

We are looking forward to seeing you on Friday May 20th at the Greek! Here are some general announcements regarding the Commencement ceremony. For a detailed overview of commencement logistics, please go to the Commencement 2016 page.

Reception Tickets
Ceremony Timeline and Logistics
Greek Theatre Prohibited Items

General parking for guests will be available in the Foothill Lot (Hearst Avenue, east of Highland Avenue,) and the Lower Hearst Structure Level 2 (Hearst and Scenic Avenue.) The cost will be $10.00.

Parking is also available at the Maxwell Garage (2175 Gayley Road). Event parking will be a flat cost of $25-$30. For more details, click here.

Your student parking permits are valid at the Underhill parking lot starting at 3:30PM; you can pay for a couple hours of parking beforehand and then hang your placard on your rearview mirror. We strongly encourage you and your guests to carpool and arrive early, as parking will be limited.

Reminder: Reception Tickets

The Reception will be held in the Haas Courtyard following the ceremony (4-5:30PM). Graduates get in for free with cap and gown. Each graduate receives 2 complimentary tickets. Additional tickets are $5. Children five and under are admitted for free. No limit on extra tickets. You may also have a classmate or friend pick-up reception tickets for you. Tickets will also be available at the door, so don’t worry if you can’t make it by.

Reception tickets may be picked-up/purchased from the Program Office during the following hours:

  • Now through May 17 – 9AM-8:15PM
  • May 18 – 19 – 9AM-5PM
  • Friday May 20 at the Reception Entrance (Piedmont Ave/Fisher Gate)

Ceremony Timeline and Logistics

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 amphitheater and to plan appropriately (both rain or extreme heat are possible).

Graduates should arrive at 1PM to the Greek Theatre.  The gates to the Greek Theatre will open to guests at 1:30 PM and the ceremony will begin at 2PM.  Please allow plenty of time to park and enter the venue.

Children Onstage

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 other end of the stage to meet the children and take them back to their seats.

Wheelchair/Special Access Seating/ADA Parking

Wheelchair and seating for guests with special needs (few or no stairs to walk up) is available in the Greek Theatre at all entrances; however, we recommend that guests be dropped off at the North Entrance. 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.

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.

Greek Theatre

Please note that security will be checking bags at both entrances to the Greek Theatre.  We don’t encourage graduates to bring bags or backpacks, because secure storage is not available backstage.  Your guests can bring small or medium sized bags or backpacks, but please note that the following items are not allowed in the Greek Theatre:

  • Signs/Banners/Flags (This includes “Congrats” signs.)
  • Glass bottles or aluminum cans
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animals (except for documented service animals)
  • Lawn furniture (low-backed stadium seats are allowed)
  • Noisemakers/Airhorns
  • Umbrellas (small umbrellas for sun/rain protection are permitted)
  • Balloons (may be tied up and left at entrance)
  • Tripods for cameras
  • Coolers/Ice Chests
  • Any item that can be perceived as a weapon

Please remember that the Greek Theatre is a rain or shine venue with very little protection from the elements.  Please be sure that you and your guests come prepared with water, sunscreen, hats, umbrellas, rain gear etc. Also, most of the seats in the Greek Theatre are cement, so your guests may want to bring some sort of cushion to sit on.

Please let us know if you have any other questions. Happy Graduation!