Please download/view the ES 2022 Commencement and Award Ceremony Program Here

Please see below for info on complimentary campus parking in Structure #10 and campus COVID-19 policies for campus visitors.

Our Yearly Celebration

At the conclusion of each academic year the Environmental Studies Program enjoys hosting a celebratory reception and awards presentation in honor of the year's graduating Environmental Studies seniors. If you are graduating this year we invite you, your family and friends to join us.  During the reception a number of Environmental Studies faculty say a few words as well as present the Environmental Studies Program's senior awards to students who've demonstrated outstanding academic performance and service. Recipients of these awards will be announced in late May and email invitations for the event will be sent out to all ES and HYDRO seniors who have declared candidacy for any quarter during the current calendar year by early May.  So be sure to 'save the date' now and please find below more information about the current year's celebration.

The 2023 Environmental Studies Graduation Celebration and Awards Ceremony will be held in-person on Friday, June 16th from 3:30-5pm. It will be located in the Michael J. Connell Courtyard in Bren Hall (see map on this webpage).  All graduating seniors and their family and friends are welcome to attend. If you have any questions about this event please email

RSVP is requested, but not required, to attend:  If one plans to attend, a RSVP with the total number of guests in your party sent to by Tuesday, June 6th, would be appreciated as it helps ES estimate overall attendance and plan accordingly. Please also include in your email RSVP any special mobility needs. However, a RSVP is not required to attend the event  One is always welcome to just show up as we want to include as many of this year's graduates and their family and friends as possible.   

Light refreshments will be available.  We anticipate most students and family will be anxious to head off for a celebratory dinner that evening, so we will just be providing light refreshments during the event to prevent anyone from getting low blood sugar levels before dinner.

PLEASE NOTE Department is Coordinating with Parking Services for Parking Details. Details will be updated closer to the event.

Parking for the event (get a Free Parking permit):  The closest public parking lot/structure to Bren Hall is Parking Structure #10 (see map on this webpage). Environmental Studies has secured FREE parking in this lot for all ES graduates, guests and family who plan to attend our afternoon Commencement Celebration on June 16th.  All one has to do is click here to download and then print the parking pass.  Display it visibly though the windshield when parking in Lot #10 and you're all set.  Please note Lot #1 directly behind Bren Hall is restricted for faculty and staff only.

Dress/Attire:  This event is designed to be casual/comfortable. There is no need to wear one's commencement cap and gown unless you want to - best to keep them fresh for UCSB's official Commencement Ceremony over the weekend.  But as award winners will be coming up onto a small stage to receive their certificate, and photos likely taken by family members, one might want to consider wearing 'nice' clothes.  ;-)

Compliance with the campus latest COVID-19 vaccine requirements for campus visitors:  The ES Commencement and Awards Ceremony will be held completely outside in the Bren Hall Courtyard, so wearing a mask is optional.  Everyone is recommended to put on a mask when indoors, including when using restrooms.  A limited number of complimentary masks will be provided at the event! We ask everyone visiting UCSB to comply with the latest COVID requirements for the safety of everyone on our campus.  UC Santa Barbara cannot guarantee that all patrons or employees on site are vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals may be present. None of these precautions eliminate the risk of exposure to COVID-19.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with these measures.

VIEW - last year's ES 2022 Commencement Event Program

ES Awards Ceremony Map

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