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A Message from the Dean - June 2017

Jun 13, 2017 Helene Dillard
Commencement is a major milestone for our graduates

Congratulations to the class of 2017!
Congratulations to the 1,705 undergraduate students who will cross the stage at one of two CA&ES commencement ceremonies on Sunday, June 18. This is a major milestone in their lives.

Our graduates can take pride in their hard-earned accomplishments. Graduating with a UC Davis Bachelor of Science degree will unlock many doors of opportunity for them. And society needs their ambition, creativity, and dedication to improve the lives of people in California, the nation, and the world.

We would like to acknowledge seven graduating students who have been selected by the CA&ES community for special achievements. These student award recipients (with majors) are:

College Medal for scholastic excellence

  • Tiffany Do (human development and Asian American studies)

 Mary Regan Meyer Award for serving humanity

  • Valerie Fates (animal science)
  • Jessica Jones (community and regional development)

Charles Hess Community Service Award for public service

  • Kat Perkins (sustainable agriculture and food systems)
  • Devin Murphy (landscape architecture)

Dean’s Circle Award for outstanding academics and community service

  • Lauren Salinero (biotechnology)
  • Don Nguyen (global disease biology)

Read more about these outstanding students in our story, “Exceptional Graduates, 2017 Commencement Award Recipients.”

Looking at the number of graduates in various majors offers a glimpse at the depth and breadth of the college, and it tells us which majors are among the most popular. For instance, the morning ceremony will include 445 graduates majoring in managerial economics, 230 in human development, 47 in biotechnology, 37 in community and regional development, and 33 in sustainable environmental design.

Other graduates in the morning ceremony will represent majors in ecological management and restoration (6), environmental horticulture and urban forestry (12), international agricultural development (17), landscape architecture (29), plant sciences (12), and sustainable agriculture and food systems (27).

In the afternoon ceremony, the five majors with the most students include 200 animal science graduates, 108 in clinical nutrition, 79 in environmental science and management, 73 in wildlife, fish and conservation biology, 72 in nutrition science, and 68 in food science.

Other majors represented in the afternoon ceremony include agricultural and environmental education (6), animal biology (34), animal science and management (16), atmospheric science (3), entomology (9), environmental policy analysis and planning (46), environmental toxicology (13), fiber and polymer science (3), global disease biology (37), hydrology (3), textiles and clothing (8), and viticulture and enology (32).

Commencement is an exciting threshold for our graduates and their loved ones. We wish them the best in all their endeavors. Our graduates will always be part of the Aggie family, so we invite them to stay connected with us through our , newsletter, and social media sites and we encourage them to join the Cal Aggie Alumni Association.

I extend my heartfelt thanks to all who participate in commencement. Special thanks go to the many volunteers who plan, organize, and staff the commencement ceremonies. I look forward to seeing everyone at this joyous occasion as we send our graduates off to do great things in the world.

Helene R. Dillard, Dean

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]

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