There is something magical about a university graduation ceremony. It was an honor to be the photographer for Cal Athletics during the 2016 undergraduate commencement ceremony at UC Berkeley.
At the start of the ceremony, the graduates marched into Cal Memorial Stadium filling almost the whole field. Friends and family packed half the 100,000 seats in the stands.
Some of the top graduates, including star student-athlete Rachel Acker (center waving), were lucky enough to be on stage during the commencement.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gave an emotional keynote speech for the graduates...
...which was warmly received.
Some students decorated their caps with important messages.
Each school of the university asked the students to rise and honored for their hard work...
...at the end of the ceremony. When they were confirmed to be graduates, hundreds of students threw their caps into the sky.
Congrats to all the UC Berkeley undergraduates of 2016!
For more photos of the student athletes graduating in 2016, please click here.