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February 25, 2017
Category: Things to do in Oakland

University of California, Berkeley will hold their all-major graduation ceremony at California Memorial Stadium, 2227 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94720 on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10am. Specific major graduations will come the following week. Families of UC Berkeley’s Class of 2017 are all looking forward to their graduate’s big day coming in spring as they’re making plans to accommodate for that weekend. There will be around 7,000 students graduating in May 2017, making commencement one of the busiest weekends on the Berkeley campus this year.


The UC Berkeley graduation ceremony will last about 2.5 hours. The 2017 commencement speaker has yet to be announced and could affect traffic in the area. Attendees are expected to be sitting for a long period, so it is advised to bring sunscreen and a hat. Families can get tickets from their student and are $10 for up to 15 guests. You may purchase your Wednesday, March 15. If remaining guest tickets are available on the day of commencement, then they can be purchased at the entrance of Memorial Stadium. Children age 2 and under have free admission.


Although the UC Berkeley campus parking lots ( will be open to attendees and families, availability is based on first-come, first serve. The closest parking structure is the Stadium Parking Structure (,386), located at 2175 Gayley Rd Berkeley, CA 94720, (415) 813-4365 with about 450 spots. On the day of graduation, a shuttle service is also available to guests around the Berkeley campus, free of charge for graduating seniors wearing cap and gown or with ID as well as their families. There will also be golf cart services around campus for senior citizens requiring assistance. You may catch a Cal Bear Transit shuttle eastbound near the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Many families will use rideshare technologies such as Uber or Lyft in order to avoid the heavy parking traffic on the Berkeley campus, which is a strong option on commencement weekend.

Caps, Gowns, Gifts and Flowers

Commencement regalia and other graduation items can be purchased at the Cal Student Store ( 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, (510) 229-4703 as well as exclusive Cal memorabilia. Graduation materials can be bought beginning in early spring of 2017. On Commencement day, flowers and floral leis are popular gifts for the graduates. For a selection of beautifully arranged bouquets and leis, Moe’s Flowers ( is centrally located at 2446 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 849-9039 and is available for families to pick up last minute flowers or place an order ahead of time for their graduate. Be sure not to go to the commencement ceremony empty-handed.


Commencement weekend is one of the busiest weekends on the Berkeley campus. If you’re looking for affordable lodging away from the weekend traffic, Piedmont Place is a great option. Located 3.8 miles from California Memorial Stadium, Piedmont Place is a quick trip to commencement and is also centrally located with access to highway 580 and the Bay Bridge. Piedmont Place is a 40-unit motel that is centrally located in Oakland, CA. This Oakland motel features tour/ticket assistance, free self-parking, and free WiFi in public areas.  The Piedmont Place location is perfect as it offers quick access to Berkeley and Downtown San Francisco. The location and price make it a great lodging choice for commencement weekend. Interested in learning more? Contact (510) 658-0550 or visit to reserve your room today!

Piedmont Place Lodging
55 MacArthur Blvd,
Oakland, CA 94610
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