Leaders of the newly established state of California founded the University of California, Berkeley, in 1868. More than 150 years later, our founders would be gratified to know that UC Berkeley has emerged as one of the world’s preeminent universities and that the education gained here has set many young minds on courses to change the world. Here we highlight a small portion of the outstanding alumni who create profound moments in Berkeley’s legacy.
Berkeley's Storied History
Berkeley’s Storied History
Sift through the many milestones and discoveries that line our 150-year legacy.
Notable Cal Alumni
Cal’s legacy is lived every day, in Berkeley and beyond, by exceptional alumni of all stripes.
Pioneering Black Alumni in UC Berkeley History
This timeline honors a few of the Black graduates of UC Berkeley who are pioneers in the fields of arts, sciences, business, and government.
Young Alumni News
UC Berkeley alumni make a dramatic impact on the world—and many make their marks within ten years of graduation.
UC Berkeley’s First Women Graduates
The women graduates from Cal’s first 30 years defied assumptions of inferiority and fragility.
The Berkeley Experience: Learning to Make a Difference
Philip’s job at the ASUC bookstore as a student-led him to founding his own publishing company called Lee & Low Books, which is dedicated to telling stories about food and bringing families together.
Flashback: Celebrations of Berkeley Lore
What It Means to Be a Cal Alum
Every Cal student walks the Berkeley campus in the footsteps of their predecessors to receive an education that will grant them a spot in the university’s long-lasting legacy.
As The Tower Turns 100: Skeletons in the Campanile’s Closet
In five floors of the Berkeley icon lay tons of fossils extracted from treasure troves of prehistoric preservation such as the La Brea Tar Pits. So who uses this stuff?
Berkeley Flashback: The Crunchy Munchy Man
A memorable Berkeley character, who served up ice cream and personality in the ’50s and ’60s, is remembered by his granddaughter.
Black Panthers at 50: New Exhibit from the Party’s Go-to Photog
Stephen Shames talks about the history of the Black Panthers and how a chance encounter at Cal led him to chronicle the party’s movement.
Karen “Gabriela” Taylor ’65: Berkeley to the Core
For Karen “Gabriela” Taylor, “Berkeley was a core experience that changed her entire life’s course.”