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Department of Near Eastern Studies, Program in Jewish Studies, Program in Near Eastern Religions

The Near Eastern Studies Department's Commencement Ceremony  will be held on
Monday, May 20, 1:00 p.m.

Chevron Auditorium
International House



All Graduates (B.A., M.A., C.Phil, Ph.D) who received or will receive degrees in Fall 2012 and Spring 2013
are invited to participate in the ceremony.

Names of all students who received awards and honors will also be announced.

Robert Alter
Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature
University of California at Berkeley

Commencement Speech
The Importance of the Exotic: Why Languages Matter


For parking information, consult the Campus Map and Parking and Transportation website.

*Disability Accommodation: UC Berkeley International House is wheelchair accessible.


Academic Regalia Rentals
Graduation Regalia (Tam, Cap, Gown) and Graduation announcements are available at the Cal Student Store, MLK, Jr. Student Union (open on weekdays from 9 AM to 6 PM and Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM). For questions, please call: 510-642-9000 x 680 or visit the Graduation Department.

Academic Regalia Purchase
There are 3 different kinds of regalia available for purchase: Elements, Sussex, and Windsor.
Please note: It takes 8 weeks to process orders. Orders for May Graduation should be placed by March 9th at the latest.

Elements is the basic regalia available to all students (Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral). It is basic black eco-friendly material. It is sold in the store every semester and is also available for online purchase at the beginning of the graduation season.

Sussex regalia is a higher quality than the Elements. It is custom made for each individual. It is black with blue velvet accents. Sussex is not available for purchase in the store, but is available for special order (Sussex Order Form).

Windsor regalia is the highest fine quality regalia available. Like the Sussex, it is custom made to each individual's measurements. It is a blue gown with blue velvet accents. It is not available for purchase in the store, but is available for special order (to be ordered as "UC Official Gown" for Ph.D. and Doctoral gowns): (UC Official Regalia order form).

Orders can be emailed, faxed, or brought into the store. Payment is required before placing orders. For custom orders, please refer to measuring instructions.


Custom-made Academic caps and gowns, graduation hoods, tassels, and more can also be ordered at: <>.
Custom-made Doctoral regalia is avalable at: <ttp://>.


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