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Annual Events at ESF

These events are offered in the spirit of involving more people in life at ESF and providing opportunities to take a break! They are supported by the Undergraduate Student Activity Fee; most are without additional admission charge.


The orientation program at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry takes place the weekend prior to the first day of classes in the fall. Divided into four "tracks", the program is designed to meet the unique needs of various populations joining the ESF community (first year students, families, transfer students, graduate students).

Welcome Back Picnic

This is a day of outdoor fun and games, usually held on campus during orientation weekend. Inflatables, frisbees, soccer, or just plain relaxing are some of the main attractions. All members of the ESF community are invited, and children are welcome. The food is delicious and plentiful!

Alumni and Family Fall BBQ

Held annually since 1913, this event offers the chance for your "home" family to meet and mingle with members of your "ESF family" including alumni, faculty, and staff. This old favorite is usually held in September or October.

December Commencement

The December Commencement is a formal recognition ceremony honoring students who complete their degree requirements in December. Featuring an academic procession, a keynote speaker and much picture taking, this event is usually held the last Friday before finals in the fall semester.

December Soiree

This is a semi-formal dinner-dance held the evening of the December Commencement. Sponsored by the student government (USA) and hosted by a team of student leaders, the program includes fine food, student recognition, music and dancing.

Group of StudentsSpring Awards Banquet

An annual event since 1913, this is a special occasion for the entire College. Planned and hosted by a team of student leaders, the evening program includes student and guest speakers, recognition of students, faculty and staff for excellence in academics and service, and installation of new student government officers. This semi-formal affair includes dinner, music and dancing, and is held on Saturday, April 18th at 6pm at the Drumlins Country Club.

LEAD Series

The LEAD Series offers a one-day workshop which provide opportunities for students to explore their own leadership style and skills. Regardless of your chosen career path there WILL be occasions in which the skills discussed in this session will be required.  The LEAD Series is an interactive, practical leadership development opportunity for all ESF students. This year it will be held on Sunday, April 12th in the Gateway Center.


Referred to most often as simply "TG", Thank goodness it's Friday! gatherings are sponsered by student government (USA) about once a month on Friday afternoons in Nifkin Lounge. The Graduate Student Association also offers TG's for their constituency. TG's offer free refreshments, and are well attended by students, faculty and staff. It's wise to get there early; the faster the room fills, the faster the food disappears!

The remaining TGIF's are on February 13th, March 27th, and April 28th.TG get together

Ice Cream Socials

Held at least once each semester regardless of weather, this event features free  hand-dipped ice cream cones and sundaes.


The culmination of your academic career at ESF; the celebration is held in early May. After sharing a continental breakfast the degree candidates, faculty and senior administrators walk together to the Carrier Dome, where ESF and SU participate in a joint commencement ceremony. With much pomp and fanfare, degrees are formally awarded.

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110 Bray Hall is the place to go for information and assistance

Office Hours

  • Academic Year
    Monday- Friday 8am - 4:30pm
  • Summer
    Monday-Thursday 8am -4pm
    Friday 8am - Noon

Laura D. Crandall, MS
Director of Student Involvement & Leadership
110 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY  13210
(315) 470-6658