Distinguished Cal Alumni

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

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.
This timeline honors a few of the Black graduates of UC Berkeley who are pioneers in the fields of arts, sciences, business, and government.
UC Berkeley alumni make a dramatic impact on the world—and many make their marks within ten years of graduation.
The women graduates from Cal’s first 30 years defied assumptions of inferiority and fragility.
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

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.
For Karen “Gabriela” Taylor, “Berkeley was a core experience that changed her entire life’s course.”