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March 15, 2017
Category: Events in Oakland

Hotels in Berkeley are booking up fast as the big day for future Cal alumni approaches. Families and friends attending the University of California, Berkeley graduation can make accommodations in the neighboring city of Oakland to ensure they have a place to stay near the campus. Oakland offers a range of budget friendly hotels and motels for all traveling parties large and small.

UC Berkeley Commencement Ceremony Info

The UC Berkeley graduation ceremony begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at California Memorial Stadium, 2227 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94720. Guest tickets may be received directly from graduates or purchased on the day of commencement at the Memorial Stadium entrance. Children 2 and under do not need tickets and can attend for free. It is advised to bring a hat and sunscreen, as the commencement ceremony will last over two hours.

For a list of departmental graduation dates and times, please visit:

Lodging near UC Berkeley

As the Class of 2017 graduation fast approaches this spring, affordable lodging in Oakland for graduation weekend is a great alternative to the higher prices of Berkeley hotels. The top-rated Oakland motel, Piedmont Place, is just a short drive from the University campus and offers complimentary parking onsite, free Wi-Fi, and convenient citywide access. While staying at the Piedmont Place, guests will also enjoy clean, simple, and comfortable rooms featuring a spacious bathroom, LED flat-screen televisions with premium channels, and new bedding with sleek furniture. For added convenience, the front-desk staff is available 24 hours for assistance. Best of all, guests can enjoy complimentary coffee all day so you have a wake me up before graduation and a pick me up afterwards. To reserve your room today, visit or call (510) 658-0550.

Piedmont Place
55 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 658-0550

Parking & Transportation for UC Berkeley Graduation

The UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium is a four-mile drive from the Piedmont Place. All campus parking lots will be open to attendees on a first-come, first serve basis. The closest parking structure is the Stadium Parking Structure located at 2175 Gayley Rd., Berkeley, CA 94720. For those who choose public transportation, Piedmont Place is in close proximity to AC Transit bus lines, as well as the MacArthur Bart station. On graduation day, a Cal Bear Transit shuttle eastbound near the Downtown Berkeley BART station will be available for graduates and their guests

Please refer to for a campus map.

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