2015 Institute of the Environment and Sustainability Graduation

Information about the IoES commencement ceremony.

Commencement Class of 2013

Where: UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom
When: Sunday, June 14
Time: Ceremony begins at 12:00 PM. Graduates should arrive by 11:00 AM.

2015 Commencement Keynote Speaker: Joel Reynolds

Joel Reynolds is NRDC’s Western Director and principal institutional representative in the West. He joined NRDC as a Senior Attorney in 1990, after ten years with the Center for Law in the Public Interest and the Western Center on Law and Poverty, both in Los Angeles. Since 1980, he has specialized in complex law reform litigation, arguing cases on behalf of environmental and community organizations at all levels of the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He has led several of NRDC’s largest campaigns, including campaigns to protect the gray whale birthing lagoon and World Heritage Site at Laguna San Ignacio in Baja California, to reduce ocean noise pollution, to protect the popular California State Park at San Onofre, and, most recently, to stop the Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska.

He has twice been selected California Attorney of the Year in the environmental law category, first in 2003 and again in 2008. In June 2009, he was recognized by Senator Barbara Boxer with a first annual Environmental Leadership Award. He is a founding member of the board of the Tejon Ranch Conservancy, one of the largest land trusts in California, and he is currently its board chair.

He is a frequent contributor to the Opinion pages of major media like The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, and other leading newspapers in California. From 1986 to 1990, he was an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Law Center. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1978.


For cap & gown, parking, tickets, maps and directions, please visit UCLA Commencement.

Graduating Seniors: Remember to declare your Degree Expected Term via URSA and check your MY.UCLA page for graduation announcements and ticket information. Guest tickets must be ordered via MY.UCLA and picked up at the Central Ticket Office (CTO).

The first 4 tickets are free; each additional ticket is $12.00.

There is no limit on the number of tickets each graduate may order, but the system limits orders to a maximum of 20. If you would like additional tickets, or have questions regarding the ceremony, please contact the IoES SAO.

GradImages will provide professional photography services, allowing students to purchase individual photographs of their special moment.

Commencement Keynote Speech 2012
By Terry Tamminen, President, Seventh Generation Advisors and former Secretary of the California EPA

Environmental Science Student Awards
We honor our graduates with Academic Achievement Awards, Outstanding Service Awards, and Certificates of Appreciation - Education for Sustainable Living Program Leaders.

Environmental Science Alumni Group

Environmental Science Alumni Group

All Environmental Science majors past and present are invited to join the Environmental Science Alumni Group (ESAG).