2022 Commencement Ceremony

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability Graduation

Day: Sunday, June 12th, 1:30 PM

Ackerman Grand Ballroom

Graduates should arrive by 12:30 PM; doors open for guests at 1:00 PM

Ceremony begins at 1:30 PM. Reception to follow ceremony.


Keynote Speaker

Liz Crosson

Chief Sustainability, Resiliency and Innovation Officer
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California


Liz Crosson recently joined the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California as its first Chief Sustainability, Resiliency and Innovation Officer. She previously served as a consultant to the LA County Chief Sustainability Office as the team’s liaison to the 88 LA cities and as a resource on sustainability and climate for municipal sustainability staff. She also previously served as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Director of Infrastructure and was the Mayor’s chief policy liaison to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and the five bureaus under the Department of Public Works. For the Mayor, she was charged with delivering the Mayor’s bold agenda on water, energy, waste and public right of way infrastructure. She also previously served as the Mayor’s Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer and his first appointed Water Policy Advisor. From 2010-2015, Liz was the Executive Director of Los Angeles Waterkeeper, a nonprofit organization that protects and restores waterways throughout Los Angeles County through Clean Water Act enforcement, advocacy, restoration and community action.

She received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of California-Berkeley and earned a master’s degree in Biology from Southern Oregon University and a juris doctorate from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she graduated with honors and a certificate in environmental law.


For cap and gowns, please visit UCLA Commencement.

For academic eligibility questions or for more information about the College ceremony, click HERE.

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.

Graduating seniors: For a graduation check for the Environmental Science major, please make an appointment with Royce.