33 earn degrees in December

33 earn degrees in December Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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Callie Meyer, from left, Anna Yost and Elizabeth Lutz celebrate at the department undergraduate graduation reception Dec. 15 with family, friends, faculty and staff.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln conferred 1,505 degrees during commencement exercises Dec. 15 and 16 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Thirty-three graduates from the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture were invited to participate.

Gwendolyn M. Combs, associate professor of management in the College of Business, delivered the address “Your Footprint in a Wonderful World” during the graduate and professional degrees ceremony Dec. 15.

The speech centered on Louis Armstrong's 1967 hit “What a Wonderful World.” Combs noted that the song was written during a turbulent time, but that it describes the beauty of nature and life and carries a message of hope and possibility. She said that although the world is wonderful intrinsically, everyone must bear the responsibility of preserving that wonder and giving it room to flourish.

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Amanda Easterly, right, with her adviser, Professor
Stephen Baenziger, stops for a photo with doctoral
degree in hand outside Pinnacle Bank Arena Dec. 15.

Bob Whitehouse, chairman of the NU Board of Regents, offered some remarks to the graduates during the bachelor-degree ceremony Dec. 16.

“You are now in a position to begin very successful careers. You can improve the lives of your families and certainly give back to your communities,” he said. “I commend each of you for making the decision to pursue higher education. That's a decision that will pay off for the rest of your lives, no matter what direction you choose to go.”

Chancellor Ronnie Green presided over the commencement ceremonies.

The December graduating class earned 326 new graduate and professional degrees and 1,179 new baccalaureate degrees. The university has awarded 283,881 degrees since it was founded in 1869.

AGRONOMY AND HORTICULTURE DECEMBER GRADUATES
Undergraduates

  • Joshua Boardman, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
  •  Andrew Boyce, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
  •  Michael Byers, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
  •  Austin Cherry, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
  • Zachary Cook, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
  • Garrett Kowalski, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
  • Callie Meyer, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
  • Christian Phifer, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
  • Micah Pohlmann, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
  • Christopher Reagan, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
  • Edward Ruskamp, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
  • Nathan Schriver, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
  • Trey Stephens, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
  • Alan Vandenberg, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
  • Wyatt Williamson, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
  •  Samuel Zach, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Agronomy with high distinction
  • Jenna Hargens, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Horticulture
  • Elizabeth Lutz, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Horticulture
  • Nathan Matuszeski, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Horticulture
  • Alexander Monette, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Horticulture
  • Joseph Palmesano, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Horticulture
  • Anna Yost, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Horticulture
  • Andrew Getty, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass and Landscape Management with high distinction
  • Andrew Musil, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass and Landscape Management
  • Robyn Sullivan, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass and Landscape Management

Graduates

  • Paul Stellato, Graduate Studies, Master of Science, Specialization in Crop Physiology and Production
  • Jarvis Mulholland, Graduate Studies, Master of Science
  • Billy Faircloth, Graduate Studies, Master of Science, Specialization in Crop Physiology and Production
  • Maxwel Coura Oliveira, Graduate Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, Specialization in Weed Science
  • Amanda Easterly, Graduate Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, Specialization in Plant Breeding and Genetics
  • Jorge Venegas, Graduate Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, Specialization in Plant Breeding and Genetics
  • Jace Stott, Graduate Studies, Master of Science, Specialization in Range and Forage Science
  • Carter Westerhold, Master of Science, Specialization in Horticulture

Graduate Certificate

  • Maggie Harthoorn, Advanced Horticulture Certificate

More details at Nebraska Today.

Agronomy and Horticulture, Nebraska Today contributed to this report

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