Students Joined 3,700+ Graduating Students for Fall Commencement Exercises

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Fourteen students in the Department of Entomology braved the cold mid-December morning to celebrate an early Christmas gift as they waited to graduate at Reed Arena during fall graduation on December 13.

Students lined up for graduation. From left to right are: Emily Dinh, Alyssa Hill, Liana Sotelo, Young Jo, Ayla Hernandez, Sergio Lopez and Kent Wittmann. Photo by Rebecca Hapes

Students lined up for graduation. From left to right are: Emily Dinh, Alyssa Hill, Liana Sotelo, Young Jo, Ayla Hernandez, Sergio Lopez and Kent Wittmann. Photo by Rebecca Hapes

The graduating class, comprised of 12 Bachelor of Science, 1 Master of Science, and 1 Ph.D. candidate, were among more than 3,700 students  from the university that were expected to graduate this

fall. This commencement also marks a milestone in that four of the Bachelor of Science graduates were the first to receive a certificate in Public Health Entomology since the Department implemented the program in 2012.

Families and friends also got a chance to hear Dr. Bowen Loftin for the last time on Thursday night at the pre-commencement convocation at Rudder Theatre and celebrated with a special breakfast reception in the fourth floor atrium of the Heep Center before the lineup began.

Dr. Roger Gold with Janis Reed during a breakfast reception before the 9am commencement ceremony. Photo by Rob Williams

Dr. Roger Gold with Janis Reed during a breakfast reception before the 9am commencement ceremony. Photo by Rob Williams

“We want to extend our congratulations to you and we wish you the very best,” said Associate Department Head for Academic Programs Dr. Pete Teel.

The following students are expected to graduate this December:

Undergraduates:

  • Lesca Colmenares – Biomedical Sciences and Entomology
  • Emily Dinh – Entomology
  • Stephanie Garza – Entomology
  • Ayla Hernandez – Entomology
  • Alyssa Hill – Entomology
  • Young Jo – Entomology
  • Sergio Lopez – Entomology
  • Amber Nava – Biomedical Science and Entomology
  • Kirk Pullin – Entomology
  • Liana Sotelo – Entomology
  • Caleb Wheeless – Biomedical Science and Entomology
  • Kent Wittmann – Entomology and Agronomy

Undergraduates Receiving Public Health Entomology Certificate

  • Emily Dinh
  • Lesca Colmenares
  • Sarah Noe
  • Caleb Wheeless

Graduates  – Master of Science

  • Sasha Kay – Entomology

Graduates – Ph.D.

  • Janis Johnson Reed – Entomology

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