Events

The University of California has always been open to students of all types and backgrounds. Zachary Bleemer, director of the UC Cliometric History Project, will show evidence of UC’s ethnic diversity in the 20th century and demonstrate how this diversity spread throughout California society and contributed to its contemporary egalitarianism. This is the first lecture in the UC@150 series sponsored by the Center for Studies in Higher Education. Among the topics that will be explored are UC’s contributions to socioeconomic mobility and Berkeley’s research eminence in the physical sciences. All lectures take place on campus and are free, yet registration is required for each one. 

The University of California is regarded by many as the most successful and highly respected public research university in the world. Judson King, former Berkeley and UC provost and former director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education, explores the most important factors for this academic success — and what makes UC tick — in his new book. Chancellor Carol T. Christ and University Librarian Jeff Mackie-Mason will join the discussion. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Berkeley 150 is hitting the road! Join Chancellor Carol T. Christ to celebrate 150 years of Berkeley’s extraordinary life. Reflect on stellar moments throughout our history, while learning about today’s shining accomplishments. Distinguished faculty members will also discuss their research — how the disciplines have changed over time, where they are headed, and how Berkeley faculty and students have contributed to their advances. Details and registration coming soon.

From acceptance letter to graduation day, freshman orientation to 50th reunion — the UC Berkeley experience is made up of a million moments. Moments of realization, of glory, of truth. A-ha moments and moments you’ll remember for the rest of your days. As we celebrate our 150th birthday, we invite you to make moments like these possible during Big Give, our annual online fundraising event. Visit the Big Give website today to tell us about your Berkeley moment. Then join thousands of alumni, students, parents, and friends on March 8 to help us make this year’s Big Give truly momentous by supporting students, faculty, and research.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate 150 years of Berkeley’s extraordinary life. Join us on Charter Day to mark the founding of our university and all it has brought to bear on our own lives, California, and the world. Hear an address by Chancellor Carol T. Christ. Witness a moving procession of alumni carrying class banners that date back to our beginning. Meet Cal celebrities, and enjoy student performances and refreshments. The celebration is free, but tickets are required.

Experience the dynamic, energetic essence of UC Berkeley on Cal Day, our annual open house, this year marking the university’s 150th birthday. Prospective students and their families — along with the campus community and the public — can choose from more than 500 unique events: faculty lectures, campus tours, music and dance performances, museum tours (some open to the public only one day a year), science and art activities for kids, and more. Admission is free. Details coming March 18. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 — the Sesquicentennial Class. The public is invited to join thousands of graduating seniors and their families to witness this exhilarating and meaningful ceremony while honoring the university’s 150th birthday. The event includes the Chancellor’s address, a keynote speaker, and most of the traditional pomp and circumstance. Tickets on sale in March. Details coming soon.

Homecoming is UC Berkeley’s largest annual weekend gathering welcoming thousands of people to campus. Festivities include alumni parties, family events, the Bear Affair Tailgate BBQ, tours and open houses, the Homecoming football game, lectures, spirit events, and more. This year will bring Berkeley’s 150th birthday to the forefront — not to miss for those celebrating a reunion or for new parents whose children have begun their college journey during this historic year. Registration opens in July. Details coming soon.  

We’re bringing Berkeley 150 to the Big Game — the much-anticipated annual face-off between the Golden Bears and our rival football team, the Stanford Cardinal. Don’t miss the last formal chance in 2018 to wish Cal a happy birthday. In the exciting week leading up to the game, participate in a cable car rally in San Francisco, “Get the red out” t-shirt exchange, bonfire rally, and more. Game time to be announced.