A look at what the future holds for this year's graduates – in their own words.
Never mind those remaining finals – commencement was a time for celebration, for relief, for relishing accomplishments and looking ahead to the next adventure.
Leon Panetta, a former Monterey congressman who served as White House chief of staff under former President Bill Clinton, addresses the endangered American dream. Speech webcast >
Economics professor Martha Olney, a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award for 2003, delivered the faculty address at convocation. Speech webcast >
University Medalist Ankur Luthra's speech to convocation. Speech webcast >
Profile of innovative engineering and business graduate Ankur Luthra
Medal finalists: Meet the other finalists from this year's "pool of absurdly talented candidates" for the University Medal: Kenny Kamrin, Sara Davis-Eisenman and Anosheh Afghahi.
Also: Five graduates honored with Mather, Priestly awards >
List of student award winners >
It took Sarah Bonet half her life to graduate from UC Berkeley, but now – 16 years, 2 kids and several careers later – she's receiving her degree in anthropology. Duane De Witt came to Cal homeless; he's graduating with honors, a spot in graduate school, and words to live by for his fellow students.