We look forward to celebrating the Fall ’23, Spring ’24, and Summer ’24 graduates!
Contact the office immediately to see if there’s availability. The registration deadline was set to meet vendor deadlines. 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 such as 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.
The event will not be live-streamed.
There is no rehearsal. You will received basic procession/seating instructions via email. Please review these ahead of time. It is also important you arrive at the ceremony site between 11:00 and 11:30 am so you are present for any additional instructions
The ceremony starts at 12:00 pm and typically lasts about an hour. The reception following the ceremony usually winds down around 2 pm.
Yes, beverages and light appetizers will be served at the reception.
The Brower Center is located in downtown Berkeley. Garage parking is available on an hourly basis at numerous nearby locations. The closest garage is the City of Berkeley’s Oxford Garage, located directly underneath the Brower Center – enter at 2161 Kittredge. For more information on parking downtown, please visit the City of Berkeley’s off-street parking information and view a map of downtown Berkeley here.
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 they receive 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.
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 generally 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).
"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