Information for students graduating from the Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program

The 2023 ceremony will be held in-person and virtually Friday, June 16th, 2023 at 10 am

Regalia (Cap, Hood, and Gown)

The MES graduation regalia includes a cap, gown, hood, and tassel. Wearing graduation regalia is optional, for both the MES Graduation Ceremony and the Main Commencement ceremony. Order graduation regalia and other graduation items (invitations, diploma holders, etc.) through the Greener Bookstore.


An Evergreen photographer will be present at the in-person MES Graduation Ceremony to capture your important moments on this memorable day.

Graduation Requirements

You do not need to have completed your thesis by Spring quarter to participate in the main commencement ceremony or MES Graduation Ceremony in June, however, you must be on track to complete your thesis by December 31st, 2023.

You will not receive your diploma—and officially graduate—until you have completed all of your credit requirements and thesis. You can also opt to wait until you have completed all MES coursework and requirements to participate in Hooding and/or Commencement. If you have any questions about graduation and credit requirements please contact Averi Azar, MES Assistant Director at:

To graduate and apply to graduate, submit the application and pay the $40 fee listed on the Apply to Graduate page.

Submitting your graduation application is required regardless whether or not you plan to participate in the Graduation Ceremonies in June, Registration and Records needs your completed graduation application on file in order to confer your degree and send you a diploma for your Master's degree. On the form you must specify which quarter you expect to complete your 72 credits for the MES degree.

Your diploma will be mailed to you once all of your final evaluations have been filed and your credits posted. This process could take several weeks, so please expect your diploma only after you have actually completed all graduation requirements, and they have been processed.


The MES Graduation Ceremony will occur in a hybrid model so participants and guests can experience the event in-person and virtually. Traditional academic dress in a Masters Ceremony includes the Masters hood which represents their graduate level achievement. The inside of the hood is green and white to represent the college. The outside of the hood is black with a gold band to represent the sciences. This is the most symbolic piece of the Hooding Ceremony and in a normal year, each student participating in-person will be hooded by their faculty thesis reader, students participating remotely can ask family members and friends at home to hood them or they may hood themselves. 

At the in-person event we will have a catered reception with food and beverages from 12-1 pm prior to the start of Main Commencement at 1 pm in Red Square. 

Please reach out to Averi Azar at with any questions you may have about the ceremony. 

Location and Parking

The MES Graduation Ceremony will be held in the Recital Hall in the Communications Lab Building. We recommend arriving between 9:15 am and 9:45 am to ensure that you have time to grab refreshments and any regalia you may be borrowing before the event starts at 10 am. The best lot to park in is Lot C where you will find an ADA accessible path to the front entrance of the COM Building. Please see the campus map for details.