2018 Institute of the Environment and Sustainability Graduation



Information about the IoES commencement ceremony.

Where: UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom

When: Sunday, June 17
Time: Ceremony begins at 1:30 PM. Graduates should arrive by 12:30 PM.
Reception on Ackerman rooftop courtyard following the ceremony.

2018 Commencement Keynote Speaker:
Hazel Wong, Director of Conservation Campaigns, The Nature Conservancy

Hazel Wong

Hazel Wong is the Director of Conservation Campaigns, a division within External Affairs at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) charged with generating conservation funding by placing measures on the ballot in states through the initiative or referendum process. Her 10 year tenure at TNC has resulted in $3.5 billion in public funding created to protect land, water and wildlife. She has a proven track record of working with TNC state chapters and their partners to build effective and winning coalitions. Hazel has over 13 years of experience working on candidate, legislative and ballot campaigns. She is adept at using public opinion research, strategic message development and political campaign tactics, to create a groundswell of public support for conservation funding and policy initiatives.

Hazel has been on the forefront of researching how to engage communities of color in conservation and advocating for more diverse representation in the conservation community.
She has participated as a speaker and panelist in roundtables addressing diversity and conservation and is an outspoken advocate on diversifying the conservation community.


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.