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UC Berkeley's mid-year graduates will don caps and gowns for Dec. 6 convocation

– This year, for the first time, December graduates of the University of California, Berkeley, will dress in traditional caps and gowns for a formal graduation ceremony this Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. at Zellerbach Hall.

Nobel Laureate George Akerlof, professor of economics at UC Berkeley and co-winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics will be the keynote speaker. In his remarks, he will talk to the students and their families about the importance of their UC Berkeley education.

Akerlof's research broke with established economic theory in illustrating how markets malfunction when buyers and sellers - as seen in used car markets - operate under different information. The work has had far-reaching applications in such diverse areas as health insurance, financial markets and employment contracts.

Another first this year is a student speaker at the December convocation. Elana Goldstein, a political science major from Los Angles, will address the audience about the significant changes in the world since her class began at UC Berkeley, and the challenges it faces ahead.

The December Graduates Convocation is the only campuswide event that celebrates the accomplishments of over 2,800 seniors who will be completing their studies this month.

No tickets are needed and Zellerbach Hall's doors open at 10 a.m.

Additional information about the convocation and answers to graduates' questions is online.