You’re first guess is probably that Berkeley gave an honorary degree to a child as a token of goodness, but the truth is that Berkeley legitimately gave a single bachelor’s degree in magic to a man named Isaac Bonewits. Why would they do this? Bonewits was born in Michigan and from very early on claims he was obsessed with magic and the occult.
He enrolled at UC Berkeley in 1966 and graduated in 1970 with a “Bachelor of Arts in Magic,” making him the first and only person to have ever received an academic degree in magic from any accredited university. While there he likely created the major himself and did so much work they formally acknowledged his degree.
While at Berkeley, he joined the Reformed Druids of North America and was ordained as a Neo-druid priest before joining the Church of Satan. Bonewits wrote several works on magical potency and even established a hypothesis on the “Laws of Magic,” in which he explained various beliefs around the world and categorized magical feats. In 1990, he was diagnosed with a disease that forced him to retire as Archdruid, and later developed cancer, which lead to his death.
During his life Bonewits was extremely controversial and left many guessing what it was that he actually did, but regardless of his career, becoming the only person to ever receive a degree in magic is something of an accomplishment.