When Chancellor Carol Christ’s staff asked her how she wanted to be sworn in as UC Berkeley’s 11th chancellor, she immediately knew the answer: with 600 new graduates and their families.
Christ, who is the first woman to lead the campus in its 150-year history, was formally inaugurated last semester on Sunday, Dec. 17, at Winter Commencement, just minutes before presenting Ph.D., master’s and bachelor’s degrees to the graduating class.
Named to the position in March 2017 by UC President Janet Napolitano, Christ formally took over last July. She was able to serve as Berkeley’s top administrator without ceremony, but could not confer degrees until she was officially sworn in.
“You are completing your college education and beginning that period I always imagine in capital letters—LIFE AFTER COLLEGE,” Christ told the crowd of some 8,000 people at Haas Pavilion. “And I, too, am beginning a momentous task.”
Christ asked graduates at the 10:30 a.m. dual investiture and commencement ceremony to never forget Berkeley and its longstanding commitment to scholarship and public service.
“As you begin to contemplate your own future, continue to question the status quo, continue to learn and explore—and determine how you can contribute to the greater good,” Christ said.
“I believe that Berkeley instills in its students a great capacity to reevaluate and reorient themselves; you will need to exercise this skill in order to live the rich and fulfilling life that I hope lies ahead for each of you.”
During spring semester, in April, Cal Housing hosts a housing fair. The fair assists UC Berkeley students with their housing needs and makes the housing search easier. This unique opportunity connects students with local property managers, financial aid, co-ops, Cal Rentals and other resources. For more information: http://www.housing.berkeley.edu/housing-fair
Spring is an active season for Cal Athletics, with more than a dozen sports in action and lots of opportunities to watch Bears games. New baseball coach Mike Neu will lead Cal out on Evans Diamond with a veteran roster that features Andrew Vaughn, reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Cal softball, under the direction of veteran coach Diane Ninemire, seeks a return to the NCAA Tournament behind senior Jazmyn Jackson, a member of the U.S. National Team.
Cal’s men’s and women’s rowing teams continue to pursue national championships, as do the men’s and women’s tennis teams and women’s water polo squad, which includes several athletes from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Coach Justin Wilcox’s Cal football squad, looking to build on the improvement seen last fall, will hold its annual spring game on Saturday, April 28 at California Memorial Stadium. Activities get underway at 11 a.m., and admission is free.
For more details on all Golden Bear programs, visit CalBears.com or follow @CalAthletics on your favorite social media accounts.
Save the Date: Parents Weekend
Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming, to be held Oct. 12–14, is UC Berkeley’s premier annual gathering for parents and alumni. Come enjoy three days of parties, family events, faculty seminars, special tours, museum and library open houses and the Cal vs. UCLA football game. Registration begins July 1 at parentsweekend.berkeley.edu.