The University of Vermont College of Agriculture & Life Sciences commencement in the late afternoon May 20 rounded out a full day of events for the Class of 2012. From head...
...to toe, graduates dressed for the 88-degree heat in Burlington, Vermont. A nutrition and food science grad managed the walk with crutches thanks to a little sports injury the week before. Shorts were the under gown apparel of choice for men.
Women wished they could dispense with the robes and just wear the UVM stole. Dietetics majors Briana Kozak, left, and Michelle Pion, were among the many CALS students and families at the reception preceding commencement.
The pre-graduation reception at Redstone Dining Hall on campus gave families a chance to cool off, sit and eat between ceremonies. Mom Heidi Zorde, from right, grad Martin Zorde, dad Henrik Nielsen and step-mom Bobbie Nielsen plan the rest of their day.
Vermonter John Franklin, from left, will put his animal science degree to work in his home state. (Who says grads don't stay in their home state?) He says he has a few ideas for the organic Franklin Farm in Guilford. UVM faculty member Julie Smith visited with grandparents Shirley and Bill Franklin, faculty member Betsy Greene and parents David and Mary Ellen Franklin.
Lucy Glaize, nutrition and food sciences grad., talks to emeriti professor Lyn Carew, right at the recpeption between the long university-wide ceremony in the morning and the College ceremony from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Environmental Science grad Sasha Borax, left, and Nutrition and Food Science major Nicole Todisco are glad to give their high heels a rest.
Before lining up for the processional, CALS student services specialist Ja Yun Lee worked her first graduation. Here, she hands Chet Parsons his regalia. Parsons ceremoniously retired from UVM Extension.
UVM Extension Emeriti Rick LeVitre, left, and Chet Parsons button up in the heat before commencement.
College Marshall Jonathan Leonard, left buttons Don Stratton, who read the names of every one of the 337 graduates as each received a diploma.
A time of jubilation and farewell. Senior Lecturer Cathy Paris with Biological Science major Martin Zorde, who will return to his home in Denmark for the summer.
Summa cum laude graduate Jennifer Kaulius, from left, Community Development & Applied Economics Chair Jane Kolodinsky and ROTC grad. Brian Hammel line up for the procession.
Receiving among UVM's highest awards, Shiren Chan, left, earned the Keith M. Miser Leadership Award; and Jeffrey Eng received the Elmer Nicholson Achievement Prize. Both are grads in Nutrition and Food Science.
Lauren Fowler graduated Summa cum laude with a degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences.
Erika Hesterberg was one of four CALS graduates to receive the University of Vermont Mortar Board Award. Her major is in Nutrition and Food Sciences.
Todd Stanley is also a Summa cum laude graduate with a degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences.
Only 11 graduated from this College with degrees in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, but among them are UVM top award winners: Brandon Vanasse (front center), Liam Donnelly (front right), and McNair Scholar Samantha Case (second from right).
Plant & Soil Science people know how to have fun -- a small, but mighty, half dozen grads.
A trio of Plant Biology grads, from left, Abigail Flint, Chris Smith and Amanda Bousquet.
Two students designed their own majors: Samantha Wyman and Stefan Faville.
Jonathan Leonard led the CALS commencement.
College Marshal Jonathan Leonard carried the mace. CALS Dean Tom Vogelmann presided over commencement.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences graduated its largest class in 2012 -- 337 including undergrads, graduates and Ph.D.'s from spring and winter.
University Distinguished Professor Susan Wallace spoke on gender issues -- an expert on DNA damage and repair and radiation research, especially as it informs cancer treatment, she pioneered a field in a "man's world."
Susan Wallace told the men in the audience: "I paraphrase Steve Jobs: Stay hungry, stay foolish and you will be successful but at the same time be a good partner and a kick-ass dad!"
Susan Wallace told the women in the audience, "I am pleading with you…the world needs women in decision making roles if we are going to change how we operate….just look at what the world has become with men making all the decisions.
After 30+ years, Rick LeVitre, left, formally retired from UVM, when Extension Dean Doug Lantagne read his citation.
As associate dean, LeVitre increased his faculty and staff's grant funding from $1M to $7M. As Farm Viability Program leader LeVitre helped hundreds of Vermont farms stay in business.
Chet Parsons, renowned sheep expert, retired from UVM Extension after more than 26 years. He often said, “Strive for the most advanced information that education has to offer, but to question all of it.” But he was better known for his Willie Nelson impersonations.
Sue LeVitre photographed Emeriti Associate Professors Rick LeVitre and Chet Parsons as their official proclamations were read.
Kurt Schneider photographs his wife Karen Schneider as she receives her formal proclamation of service to UVM Extension.
UVM Extension educator and leader for 26 years, Karen Schneider became emerita associate professor as Extension Dean Doug Lantagne read a citation of her accomplishments.
Karen Schneider is renowned in Extension circles for big-picture thinking, organization, early adoption of technologies and bringing her colleagues on board with enthusiasm, cajoling and humor. "Performing with ease, the classroom is your stage," said Extension Dean Doug Lantagne.
After the speeches: "what you all came here for," said College Marshal Jonathan Leonard. Diplomas.
Behind the scenes, master of alphabetizing and organization, Rose Laba put the right diploma into the hands of every graduate.
Pamela Rooney, Summa cum laude graduate and UVM Mortar Board Award winner holds her diploma in Animal Science.
UVM McNair Scholar Julie Williams, is congratulated by CALS Dean Tom Vogelmann for her degree in Community Development and Applied Economics.
Liam Donnelly, a UVM Mortarboard Award winner received his degree in microbiology and molecular genetics. His mom, Professor Cathy Donnelly ceremoniously handed him his diploma.
Oh, oh! Gotta find the caption to this one! Anyone?
Family and friends of UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences graduates huddled up front to preserve that diploma-hand-off moment.
Mom Mary Lou Kennedy brought some UVM 'green and gold' for her Animal Science major graduate Courtney Kennedy.
Mom Kay Brownell photographs Kelsey Preston, Cum Laude graduate in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the College's commencement on May 20.
Gravity: What goes up, must come down, including mortarboards. It's over.
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