Posted 7 months ago
By Kevin Horn
Curtis, NE — Kicking off its Centennial year, the University of Nebraska’s Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture(NCTA) honored students from four primary departments in commencement exercises Thursday, May 2 at the Curtis Memorial Community Center.
Nearly 600 people attend the commencement recognizing students in Agribusiness Management, Agriculture Production, Horticulture, and Veterinary Technology.
Alan Moeller, assistant vice chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, conferred degrees to 61 students participating in the ceremony. Overall, students earned 81 degrees in Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, and Certificates. Some students had completed coursework in December or will finalize programs in August, said Scott Mickelsen, NCTA associate dean. “We are proud of the hard work by all of our students, faculty and staff.”
Class Valedictorian was Kaci Schroer of Nelson, who graduated Summa Cum Laude (4.0 GPA) from Agriculture Production Systems and Agribusiness Management Systems. Her speech called for students to “GROW” –v graduates, responsibility, opportunity and wisdom. Salutatorian was Shawna M. Clement of Malcom, also Summa Cum Laude (4.0 GPA) in Veterinary Technology Systems.
Eight students graduated Magna Cum Laude (3.75-3.99 GPA) – Agribusiness Management: Amanda Castle, Olathe, CO; Agriculture Production: Lance Johnson, Upland; Jackson Kummer, Columbus; Lindy McKinney, Greensburg, KS; Sawyer Orr, Hemingford; and Nolan Wilson, Gothenburg; Horticulture: Sydney Roth, Minneapolis, MN; and Veterinary Technology: Laura Welch, Grand Island;
Five graduates with Cum Laude (3.5-3.74 GPA) awards: Agriculture Production: Luke Glodowski, Farnam; Melissa McConnell, Wall, SD; Tyler Rose, Agra, KS; and Megan Streweler, Arnold; and Veterinary Tech: Eliza Benteman, Waterville, KS.
Michael Kelsey, executive vice president of Nebraska Cattlemen, was commencement speaker. He was joined by University of Nebraska Regents Tim Clare of Lincoln and Bob Phares of North Platte for brief remarks.