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Happy 150th Birthday, Berkeley!

One of Abraham Lincoln’s lasting legacies—using land proceeds to establish new schools—gave life to our nation’s educational system. On March 23, 1868, the University of California was born. And Berkeley, its first campus, is today the most distinguished public university in the history of higher education.

Berkeley 150 logoGuided by the motto Fiat Lux, our duty is to bring new knowledge to light—to illuminate solutions for bettering the human condition and to be a beacon of opportunity for promising young minds and top faculty. “Berkeley 150,” our yearlong celebration, honors this legacy and projects it forward for another 150 years.

We invite you to participate in Berkeley 150 throughout 2018. Visit for stories, #Berkeley150 social media posts and details on the following events:

Berkeley 150 Roadshow A traveling lecture series featuring Chancellor Carol T. Christ and distinguished faculty. Nine dates this spring in California, Washington, D.C. and New York.

Charter Day Celebration The biggest party of the year, featuring an alumni procession, student performances and local fare. Friday, March 23, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Sproul Plaza.

Cal Day Our annual open house, with lectures, tours, science and art activities and more fun for everyone. Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m, entire campus.

Commencement An exhilarating ceremony honoring the Sesquicentennial Class (Class of 2018). Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., California Memorial Stadium.

Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming Our largest annual weekend gathering that includes alumni and family events, lectures, tours, the Bear Affair Tailgate BBQ and Homecoming football game. Friday, Oct. 12–Sunday, Oct. 14, entire campus.

Big Game The annual face-off between the Golden Bears and the Stanford Cardinal—and the last formal chance to wish Cal a happy birthday. Saturday, Nov. 17, time TBA, California Memorial Stadium.