Berkeley 150

Berkeley 150

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the University of California. In 1868, leaders of the newly established state of California founded the University of California, Berkeley, which would become the UC system’s flagship campus. One hundred and fifty years later, our founders would be gratified to know that UC Berkeley has emerged as one of the world’s preeminent universities, home to 36,000 students and 2,000 faculty members in 170 academic departments and programs. The influence of Berkeley’s distinguished faculty, cutting-edge research, and wealth of academic programs (including the largest number of highly ranked graduate programs in the country) truly spans the globe.

As the UC’s first campus, Berkeley stands as a testament to our excellence in academics, innovation in research, and our 150-year legacy of dismantling barriers to inclusion.
Hundreds of alumni left their mark at the sesquicentennial celebration. See the banner and names.

150th Anniversary Events

Join us on campus in celebration of Berkeley’s 150th anniversary! New events will be added throughout the year.

Honor Cal’s 150 years of light at this special Charter Day Celebration.
Visit the Cal Café at Alumni House on Cal Day, UC Berkeley’s annual open house to welcome prospective students and the Cal community.
The Berkeley community is filled with people pushing the edges of what’s possible.
Come back to Berkeley for Cal’s largest annual gathering, featuring reunion parties, faculty seminars, tours, the football game, and much more.

See more alumni events on the CAA events calendar.

Sift through the many milestones and discoveries that line our 150-year legacy.
Cal’s legacy is lived every day, in Berkeley and beyond, by exceptional alumni of all stripes.
UC Berkeley alumni make a dramatic impact on the world—and many make their marks within ten years of graduation.

More Anniversaries, Flashbacks, and Celebrations

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.
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?
Watch a clip from The Play.
A memorable Berkeley character, who served up ice cream and personality in the ’50s and ’60s, is remembered by his granddaughter.
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.
The Bowles Hall Alumni Chapter received the 2017 Loyal Company Outstanding Volunteer Group Award for their work to reopen Bowles Hall.
For Karen “Gabriela” Taylor, “Berkeley was a core experience that changed her entire life’s course.”