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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 and Activities Fair

This is an afternoon of outdoor fun, usually held on campus during the first week of classes. Over 70 student organizations and offices are typically present for you to learn more about and sign up for. All members of the ESF community are invited. The food is delicious and plentiful!

Alumni and Family Fall Weekend

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 Saturday after December Commencement. Sponsored by the student government (USA) and hosted by a team of student leaders, the program includes fine food, student awards 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 student awards, faculty and staff for excellence in academics and service. This semi-formal affair includes dinner, music and dancing, and is held in the middle of April around Earth Week at an off-campus location.

SOLAR Awards Ceremony

The Student Organization and Leaders Achievement Recognition (SOLAR) is for student leaders, student organizations and advisors, student employees, athletes, and leaders on the rise. It is held typically in April in the evening on campus with a formal program, student speakers, recognition of student awards, and dinner.


Referred to most often as simply "TG", Thank goodness it's Friday! gatherings are sponsered by student government (USA) about twice a semester. 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.

Ice Cream Socials

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

Morning Munches

Held about twice times each semester, this event features free breakfast food including bagels, fruit, juice, drinks, and pastries typically in Nifkin Lounge.

Stress Free Zones

Sponsored by USA and student leaders, there are many ways to be stress free! These are held typically twice a semester on campus.


Sponsored by USA and co-hosted by student leaders, these late night activities are held almost every Friday from 10pm to 2am typically on campus in Nifkin Lounge. Some traditional programs are apple bash, do it yourself events, fall themed, or are even held off campus for ice skating and a ski trip to a local ski resort.

Earth Week

Sponsored by USA and a team of student leaders, there are tons of campus activities, education, activism, and volunteering throughout the week surrounding Earth Day. There is always a great theme, branded t-shirts, and tie-dye too!


The culmination of your academic career at ESF; the celebration is held in typically the second Saturday in May. The day includes departmental receptions on campus and the Commencement Ceremony held off-campus with degree recognition, speakers, and much more for our graduating students and their guests.

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    Monday- Friday 8am - 4:30pm
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    Friday 8am - Noon

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