It’s that time of year!¬† Spring is upon us and that means that graduations are soon to come.¬† Are you and your family prepared for this momentous event?¬† Remember, as the dates get closer, the best lodgings are filling up around the Berkeley area.¬† Make sure that you have your reservations in place!
But where should you stay?¬† Good question!¬† The first thought is to stay as close to the university as possible, but beware that you will be forced to pay a premium price.¬† Traffic congestion and lack of parking can be a real problem.¬† The savvy Berkeley visitor knows that the best places to stay are nearby but slightly outside of downtown Berkeley.¬† Here you can get a real value on hotel accommodations and avoid some of the common troubles that come with staying right next to a bustling public university like UC Berkeley!
If you’re looking for a place to stay, you’ll find that the Berkeley/El Cerrito Super 8 Hotel is perfectly situated for the upcoming graduation and commencement ceremonies.¬† In addition, the Super 8 offers a level of amenities and personal service that far surpass those you can find directly in downtown… at a fraction of the price.¬† Free Parking, wifi, and complementary continental breakfast will be waiting for you to make your visit just a bit easier!¬† If you need to make reservations, click here.
Here’s some information on the details of the Berkeley graduation ceremonies:
Edwards Stadium is on Bancroft Way between Ellsworth and Fulton Streets. Reserved parking is not available for commencement. Some spots may be available on campus but are not guaranteed. We encourage you to take public transportation. If you choose to drive, please consult the campus map for directions. You may park in surrounding city and private lots on a first-come, first-served basis, but charges and hours vary.
Things to Remember:
Will Call opens
Graduates assemble for the processional
Doors open to guests
Ceremony (end time is approximate)
Don’t forget your tickets! All seating is first come, first served. No alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Graduates will start gathering at 9 a.m. If you wish to walk with your friends, please line up in front of or behind them, as two lines will be formed and seated in different sections. Be sure to fill out a card so that your name can be read aloud (and correctly!) as you enter the stadium. Graduates will enter from the center and be seated in front of the stage.
Wear you tassel on the right side of your cap. Chancellor Birgeneau will invite you to move it to the left during the ceremony.
Graduates do not receive diplomas during commencement. All undergraduate diplomas will be mailed approximately 3.5 months after graduation. Visit the registrar‚Äôs office for more info.
GradImages will photograph each graduate at Edwards Diamond and again on stage. The ceremony will also be available via webcast after the event.
Graduates with special accommodations should check in with event staff upon arrival. We recommend that guests with wheelchairs, vision or hearing difficulties, and other special needs be dropped off at Bancroft Way and Ellsworth Street and enter through the specially marked doors by Edwards Stadium‚Äôs main entrance. Staff will direct your party from there. We will try to seat your party together, but can only guarantee one companion seat.