Sunday May 22, 2022 2pm
DoubleTree by Hilton, Berkeley Marina
200 Marina Blvd.
Berkeley, California, 94710
(This is an OUTDOOR ceremony)
Fall 2019 – finished Dec 2019
Spring 2020 – finished April 2020
Summer 2020 – finished Aug 2020
Fall 2020 – finished Dec 2020
Spring 2021 – finished April 2021
Summer 2021 – finished Aug 2021
Fall 2021 – finished Dec 2021
Spring 2022 – anticipate to finish April 2022
Contact Robbyn Kawaguchi immediately to inform her that you missed the deadline, but still would like to participate. The registration deadline was set to meet vendor deadlines in regards to shipping and production times. If it is still possible to add you to the participant list, you will be responsible for any additional charges resulting from the late registration (i.e. additional/expedited shipping fees, printing adjustment charges, etc.)
The caps that come with your gowns are “Sure-Fit,” which is intended to be one-size-fits-all. If your cap is too tight, you can gently snip the elastic on the back of your cap with a pair of scissors. We recommend securing your cap to your head with bobby pins.
Unfortunately, gowns and tickets can not be mailed. However, you are more than welcome to have someone else pick them up for you. Any gowns or guest tickets not picked up by the Thursday before the ceremony will be brought to the ceremony site. You can then retrieve your cap/gown, and tickets the day-of.
The event venue and current Berkeley Department of Public Health guidelines do not require proof of vaccination or negative covid test. Grads and guests are encouraged to wear masks if that makes them feel comfortable, but masks are not mandatory.
Each graduate will receive 2 complimentary guest tickets to bring 2 guests. However, additional guest tickets may be purchased online. Additional tickets are first come, first served.
The event will not be live-streamed.
There is no rehearsal. You will received basic procession/seating instructions via email and with your cap and gown. Please review these ahead of time. It is also important you arrive at the ceremony site between 1:00 and 1:30 so you are present for any additional instructions
The ceremony starts at 2:00pm and typically lasts about an hour. The reception following the ceremony should wind down around 4:30 pm.
Beverages and light appetizers will be served at the reception.
The hotel charges $10 for parking (for up to 3 hours). However, there is free parking across from the hotel, along Marina Blvd. We encourage those who hope to score a free parking space to arrive early.
If you are a graduate, your cap, gown, and hood do not need to be returned after the ceremony. They are yours to keep. Faculty regalia is rented and should be returned to an AIMC staff person.
Graduates do not take individual professional portraits. We typically have volunteer photographers who capture the ceremony & reception, and who take a snapshot of each graduate as he/she receives their diploma. There is also a group photo taken after the ceremony. You can certainly ask one of the photographers to take an individual, family, or other group shot before the ceremony or during the reception. Digital copies of the photos taken by volunteer photographers are available to graduates free of charge. We occasionally may hire a professional photographer for marketing purposes. Shots taken by the professional photographer may require a fee to purchase.
About a month before graduation, graduates will receive an email informing them who the student and faculty speakers are.
The graduation fee is mandatory and covers all applicable costs related to program completion, including administrative fees, transcript processing, diplomas, and ceremony costs. The charge cannot be itemized, and does not simply apply to costs applied to the ceremony, but rather to all costs related to the degree completion. The graduation fee is listed on the enrollment agreement students sign upon admission.
No. Students who enroll in the 4 year dual degree DAIM program will participate in the graduation ceremony at the completion of their DAIM. Once all masters-level requirements are met, they will be awarded a Masters Degree (as indicated on their transcript), but they do not participate in graduation until completion of their doctoral requirements. For these students, masters diplomas are not automatically issued, but can be ordered for a $50 fee (plus shipping costs).
Questions about the graduation ceremony can be directed to Robbyn Kawaguchi
"One of my favorite things about AIMC is the sense of community. We come together to support each other through challenges. Instead of a sense of competitiveness between students, there is a caring community that lifts everybody up. The faculty and staff are approachable and provide wonderful support during your graduate journey."- Master’s Student