Published on 12/09/19

UGA Tifton campus celebrates fall graduates

By Maria Sellers

Faculty and staff at the University of Georgia Tifton campus celebrated their fall graduates during a special ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 7. Eleven of the 17 students listed below participated in the celebration.

Students who received their bachelor’s degrees from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences this fall, their hometowns and majors are:

  • Brandon Dowling, Morven, Georgia; agribusiness
  • Nicole Taylor, Tifton, Georgia; agricultural education

Students who received their master’s degrees from UGA CAES this fall, their hometowns and majors are:

  • Sydni Barwick, Boston, Georgia; entomology
  • Carson Bowers, Dacula, Georgia; entomology
  • Shanshan Cao, Shiyan, China; horticulture
  • Lissi Carr, Ray City, Georgia; agricultural and environmental education
  • Clarence Codod, Bauko, Phillipines; plant pathology
  • Will Hemphill, Gainesville, Georgia; plant pathology
  • Sarah Hobby, Tifton, Georgia; plant protection and pest management
  • Dario Di Genova, Firenze, Italy; crop and soil sciences
  • Justin Lanier, Cordele, Georgia; plant protection and pest management
  • Jason Mallard, Portal, Georgia; plant protection and pest management
  • Lauren Perez, Elgin, South Carolina; entomology
  • Pete Perrin, Chula, Georgia; agricultural and applied economics
  • Taylor Randall, Sylvester, Georgia; crop and soil sciences
  • Arianna Toffanin, Cartigliano, Italy; crop and soil sciences

Davis Gimode of Nairobi, Kenya, received a doctoral degree in plant breeding, genetics and genomics.

The celebration preceded the official commencement ceremony, which takes place on the Athens, Georgia, campus on Friday, Dec. 13.

George Vellidis, professor in the CAES Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and director of UGA-Tifton academic programs, said faculty members were excited for the large number of graduate students who participated in the ceremony this year.

“I am sure all of our faculty are proud,” said Vellidis. “We have mentored them or had them as our students for two to four years and we look forward to seeing where they go next in their careers.”

This year’s ceremony consisted of a special commencement address from Joe West, assistant dean at UGA-Tifton.

“Graduation is a special time of the year for our campus. These graduates are our future agricultural leaders and it’s great to be able to celebrate this accomplishment with them,” said West, who has announced his plans to retire in February 2020.

The graduates also had the opportunity to participate in the new tradition of blowing the centennial whistle, which began last year during UGA-Tifton’s centennial celebration.

The ceremony took place in the seminar room in the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL) building at UGA-Tifton.

For more information about the UGA Tifton campus and the academic programs offered there, visit

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