2017 Institute of the Environment and Sustainability Graduation


Information about the IoES commencement ceremony.

Where: UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom

When: Sunday, June 18
Time: Ceremony begins at 1:30 PM. Graduates should arrive by 12:30 PM.
Reception on Ackerman rooftop courtyard following the ceremony.

2017 Commencement Keynote Speaker: Kim Delfino

Kim Delfino oversees the work of Defenders’ California program team in protecting and restoring California’s imperiled wildlife and the places in which they live. Since joining Defenders in 2000, Kim has worked on legislation involving the California Natural Community Conservation Planning Act, California Endangered Species Act, and the phase out of the use of lead ammunition in hunting.   She has worked on partnerships with farmers and ranchers to protect natural and working lands, including establishing the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition. Kim works on a number of California water issues, including the Salton Sea, Bay Delta, and wetlands protection.  She also has spent the last several years working on renewable energy siting issues in the California Desert and Central Valley, including the California Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Kim began her career as an associate attorney in Washington, D.C. with the public interest law firm of Meyer & Glitzenstein, where she specialized in cases involving the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act and other environmental laws. She holds a B.A. from UC Davis and a J.D. from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific.


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

Graduating Seniors: Remember to declare your Degree Expected Term via MyUCLA and check your MyUCLA page for graduation announcements and ticket information. Students with a Degree Expected Term of Spring or Summer are automatically included for the Spring Commencement; Fall quarter graduates will need to file a Special Inclusion Petition.

Guest tickets must be ordered via MyUCLA 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.