One of my favorite times of the year is centered on the spring commencement activities. I had the pleasure of awarding diplomas at this year’s commencement, as well as attending the CALS Outstanding Student awards ceremony and many receptions honoring our graduates. More than 700 undergraduate students and nearly 100 graduate students received degrees.
Hope Wentzel received Virginia Tech’s 2015 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Senior Award. A dean’s list student, she is a member of several honor societies, is a Pamplin Scholar, and received numerous scholarships including the C. Gordon Thornhill Animal and Poultry Sciences Merit Scholarship, the John Lee Pratt Study Abroad Scholarship, and a Phi Beta Delta Scholarship for study abroad. She completed four agriculture-oriented trips abroad in Nicaragua, Nepal, Brazil, and Chile and plans to return to Chile after graduation. Other outstanding seniors from each department were recognized for their academic achievements, leadership, and experiences beyond traditional course work. Continue reading