The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability hosted the second independent Environmental Science Bachelor of Science Commencement Celebration on June 12, 2011 at UCLA's Korn Convocation Hall. The Institute’s inaugural Director, Dr. Richard Turco, served as master of ceremonies. He kicked off the event with an amusing anecdote about how an early morning meeting snack (a bagel) helped then UCLA Chancellor Charles E. Young approve the decision to establish the IoES as a center for interdisciplinary instruction back in 1997.
Cecilia Estalano, a UCLA alumnus and co-founder of Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors, was the keynote speaker. She delivered a powerful speech asking the imminent graduates to replenish the mind and soul, embrace the beauty all around them, and lastly, feel empathy and act boldly.
The student address was given by Hayley Elizabeth Moller, who enthusiastically saluted the support system in attendance at the event: professors, administrative staff, family, friends, and fellow students. She boldly proclaimed the Environmental Science undergraduate degree the best major on campus.
Next, came the presentation of various honors.
Certificates of Appreciation were given to Education for Sustainable Living Program Leaders Varun Mehra, Gabriella Janou Godon, and Uma Bhandaram.
Moller, along with Daniel Joseph Hogan, received the Academic Achievement Award.
Ross Zimmer Bernet was the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award.
Finally, the students rose to the stage, accepted their diplomas, switched their tassels to the left side of their caps, and officially became new members of the Bruin Alumni Family as the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability graduating class of 2011.