The University of Georgia Tifton Campus will hold its fall commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center at 4 p.m.
Students receiving bachelor’s degrees are: William C. Burt of Moultrie, Georgia, agricultural education; Roseanna M. Volz of Ringgold, Georgia, agricultural education; Sara A. Smith of Tifton, Georgia, agribusiness; Emily R. Wheeler of Ranger, Georgia, agricultural education; M. Aaron Bruce of Lakeland, Georgia, agriscience and environmental systems; Lolita L. Munoz of Pelham, Georgia, biological science; and Stephen W. Walker of Albany, Georgia, agriscience and environmental systems.
Speakers at the ceremony will include Josef Broder, CAES associate dean for academic affairs; Joe West, assistant dean for UGA Tifton; Amanda Smith, professor of applied and agricultural economics; Shannon Parrish, representative of the 2016 graduating class; David Riley, plant protection and pest management master’s degree coordinator; and Jason Peake, director of academic programs at UGA Tifton.
“It means a tremendous amount to see another class graduate,” Peake said. “It’s very rewarding to see these young people who came here looking for an education graduating with so much more.”
While UGA Tifton has a graduation rate of more than 95 percent, Peake said he is proud of the campus’ job placement rate, which is also above 95 percent. Further, all of the graduating agricultural education majors will be certified, which will make it easier for them to find jobs.
He said graduates from UGA Tifton are hot commodities in the agricultural industry.
“What I’m most impressed with is the number of our students who are ready to work, and the industry is waiting for them,” Peake said. “The biggest complaint I hear from the agricultural industry is that they need more UGA graduates.”
(Kyle Dawson is an intern at the UGA Tifton Campus.)