Cognitive Science Commencement 2023

Ceremony Information

Join us for an in-person celebration of the Class of 2023!

The Interdisciplinary Social Science Programs (ISSP) will host a joint Department Commencement Ceremony for their three majors – Cognitive Science, Global Studies and Political Economy. The joint Commencement Ceremony will be held on 

Monday, May 15, 2023, 9AM at the Greek Theatre.

The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. 

Commencement Registration: 

Registration for the 2023 ISSP Commencement Ceremony is now open. Please click here to register. This is a two-part form.  The first part is an exit survey.  After completing the exit survey, you will be taken to the commencement registration form.  Your name will not be printed in the Commencement Program if you do not register. The deadline for registration is Sunday, April 16, 2023.

Commencement Tickets: 

Graduating students walking in the Commencement Ceremony do not need a ticket for themselves. Please wear a cap and gown.
Guest tickets can be purchased from the Cal Performances Ticket Office for $10 each (free for children under 2 years). There is no limit on the number of tickets that may be purchased.

Tickets can be purchased:
  • Online via (Note that the ticket sales site is titled “ISSP”)
  • Over the phone at 510-642-9988
  • At the Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall (Tues-Fri, 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat-Sun, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Closed on Mondays.)
  • At the Greek Theatre on May 15 from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Tickets are REQUIRED for guests and no guest will be allowed to enter the Greek Theatre without a ticket. Children under 2 years of age are also required to have a ticket, which will be free of charge.
All seating at the Greek Theatre is general admission and is first-come, first-served (saving seats is not permitted).
We are still taking applications for our Commencement Student Speaker, 
if interested please apply here!

UC Berkeley will host a Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2022, at 10AM in the Memorial Stadium. 

  • Students in our majors and their families may participate in either the ISSP Departmental ceremony or the campus-wide UC Berkeley ceremony, or both ceremonies, as they prefer. For more information about the campus-wide Commencement Ceremony, go to this link.
  • What is the difference between the ISSP Departmental Commencement and the UC Berkeley Commencement?
  • The ISSP Departmental Commencement will be a smaller, more intimate ceremony with graduates from only three majors: Global Studies, Political Economy, Cognitive Science. It will be held at the Greek Theater and will feature student speakers from each major and the presentation of departmental awards. The names of the graduating students will be called out during the departmental Commencement exercise as they walk across the stage to receive their certificates.
  • The UC Berkeley Commencement ceremony will be for graduates from all the majors on the campus and it will be held at the Memorial Stadium. It will feature the Chancellor and other campus dignitaries, a special keynote address and the student speaker. The UC Berkeley marching band usually performs at the festivities. Graduating student names are not called during the campus-wide Commencement Ceremony.