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2021 Bren Commencement Celebration

Celebrating the Class of 2021

Jun 11 2021 | 9:00am to 11:00am PDT Online

Graduates in caps are seen from behind at commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! The Bren School invites you to join us online for a celebration of our graduates on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 9:00am Pacific Time.


  • Presiding - Steve Gaines, Dean, Bren School
  • Keynote Address - Fahmida Bangert, VP of Sustainability, ITRenew
  • Presentation of Awards
  • Student Address - Pat Byrne, MESM 2021
  • Recognition of Graduates
  • Music by Brengrass

The livestream will begin on Friday, June 11 starting at 9:00am Pacific Time.

Download the program for the event.

Livestream of 2021 Bren Graduation Celebration

Join us live starting 9:00am PT on Friday, June 11, 2021.

Keynote Speaker: Fahmida Bangert, MESM '06, VP of Sustainability, ITRenew

Headshot of Fahmida Bangert

With 20+ years of experience, Fahmida leads sustainability initiatives for ITRenew, Inc., specializing in a global circular economy model for data centers. She spearheads cross-functional efforts to: 1) evaluate supply chain carbon footprint, 2) reduce the company’s footprint through solutions, and 3) integrate sustainability and Environmental-Social-Governance (ESG) best practices to create ‘zero carbon-zero waste-circular’ framework for ITRenew and its global hyperscaler community. Her passion for a circular and sustainable economy in the IT sector stems from her early career with Siebel Systems, deep experience in integrating ESG criteria in institutions, and her capacity to create frameworks for decarbonizing complex systems.  

Prior to returning to high tech in 2021, Fahmida served as a pioneering practitioner in integrating sustainability in higher Education for 15 years.  She directed Stanford University’s Office of Sustainability ( programs for infrastructure, resource efficiency, assessments, reporting, business digitization, individual engagement, and research integration to foster ‘university as a living lab'. During her service, the university earned a Platinum rating, ranking 1 out of 940 institutions, through the national Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Fahmida is a guest Lecturer at Stanford University and mentor to countless students and researchers. Before Stanford, she was the founding director at UC Berkeley, where she built its first climate action program and a model for the University of California system.

Fahmida earned a B.A. in Economics from Smith College and a Master’s in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her early career apprenticeships include positions at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

Read our Q&A with Fahmida Bangert

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