Students graduating this month from the University of California, Berkeley will have to pay a $10 admission fee to their own commencement ceremony.
The fee will be used to help the school “absorb the cost” of the ceremony, which will include food, flowers and a keynote address by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Guests will also be required to pay a $10 admission fee.
Students had until Wednesday to purchase tickets to their own graduation, according to the school’s website. Student who failed to do this will not be allowed to attend the graduation ceremony.
“[The money is] to absorb the cost of commencement,” a Berkeley official told the student-run newspaper the Daily Californian. “It’s huge.”
A Pelosi representative told Campus Reform that the congresswoman is not being compensated for speaking at Berkeley’s graduation ceremony.
Graduating students will not have their names announced during the all-school ceremony.
“We encourage you to participate in your department graduation ceremony where graduate names are read and awards are recognized,” the university’s website said.
Students are encouraged to attend their individual department’s graduation ceremonies, which are free for them, but their guests must still pay. A university spokesperson said that this is longstanding school policy.
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