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On Saturday June 13th, 2020, nearly 200 people in 7 countries watched our prerecorded graduation stream. We sadly couldn't meet in person due to the pandemic so instead students were able to submit photos of themselves for our virtual commencement. We had 33 undergraduate students and 6 graduate students participate in this year's graduation celebration.

Speakers for the Graduation Ceremony of 2019

Speakers for the 2020 Graduation Ceremony included UW ESS Chair Eric Steig, UW College of the Environment Dean Lisa Graumlich, and special guest speaker Twila Moon (Ph.D UW-ESS 2014), currently working as a Research Scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado. Student speakers include Dr. Emma Kahle for the grad students and Michaela Leung for the undergraduate students.

Free Downloads

As a special final (free!) service for our graduating students, the ESS department recorded a video of the ceremony. The video recording of the ESS 2020 Graduation Ceremony can be viewed as a live stream (1.2 hours), or you can choose to download and save the 1GB mp4 video.

You can view the graduation video as an online stream here, or you can download the mp4 file here.
( .mp4, 1GB, 1 hour 11 min ).
We recommend using an up-to-date Google "Chrome" web browser for viewing the stream and we recommend using VLC Player to view the downloadable .mp4 file.