EECS Commencement

Spring Keynote Speakers

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Andrew Yang

10:00 a.m. PDT

Andrew Yang (EECS B.S. '83) is a venture investor and serial entrepreneur with a background in technology research, product development and business scaling.

Kristin Johnsen

Noon PDT
Kristin Johnsen (IEOR B.S. ‘88) is a board members and global business leader with experience at multi-billion dollar businesses like Microsoft, McKinsey & Co., and digital startups.

Valerie Taylor

2:00 p.m. PDT

Valerie Taylor (EECS Ph.D. ‘91) is director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division and a Distinguished Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory, where she researches high-performance computing.

Spring 2021 Virtual Engineering Commencement Ceremonies

Thursday, May 20

Engineering students eligible to participate in the virtual ceremony have been sent an email with a link to register for campus and college virtual ceremonies and a  student-only processional at the Greek Theatre.

The College of Engineering also plans to offer in-person commencement ceremonies for all those who have missed -  or will miss - a commencement due to COVID-19, when it is safe to do so. The dates of the ceremonies will depend on public health guidelines, venue availability and other factors.

Taking part in the virtual ceremony will not preclude participation in a future in-person event. The registration process for the 2021 virtual ceremony via the Marching Order invitation will include an opportunity to provide updated contact information which the college will use to reach out about future in-person commencement ceremonies. 

More details can be found on the Berkeley Engineering commencement webpage or by contacting


If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Heather Levien  (+1 510 642-7372, heather@eecs.berkeley, 205 Cory Hall)  with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.