ATTENTION: Reporters covering higher education and general assignment beats; weekend, photo and TV news assignment desks
WHAT: The University of California, Berkeley will celebrate its annual May Commencement honoring all graduating seniors in the Class of 2013. The year’s event will be the largest in recent history with 4,000 graduating seniors in caps and gowns expected to participate. Over 21,000 tickets have been distributed for the event, which will be the first to take place in the recently renovated California Memorial Stadium.
Apple co-founder, Silicon Valley icon, and philanthropist Steve Wozniak, a UC Berkeley alumnus, will deliver the commencement address. The event will also include remarks by outgoing Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and this year’s top graduating senior Ritankar Das, a double major in bioengineering and chemical biology from Fremont, Calif. During the ceremony, Das will receive the University Medal for his scholarship, public service and humanity.
No diplomas are awarded at Commencement, but the names of all participating students will be called out as they cross the stage to receive a bear pin.
WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. The media check-in table will open at 8:00 a.m., and media are encouraged to arrive before 9:30 a.m. Space is limited.
WHERE: California Memorial Stadium, on the southeast corner of the UC Berkeley campus (See campus map). Reporters must stop at the media check-in table located between Gates 1 and 2 to receive credentials.
DETAILS: Reporters interested in covering the event should contact Andy Pino, director of communications and media relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking is extremely limited.