Congratulations CALS Spring 2024 Graduates!

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Spring 2024 Commencement

CALS Pre-Commencement Celebration
Saturday, May 11 | 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Allen Centennial Garden
620 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706

Doctoral, professional, master’s, and bachelor’s degree candidates in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences are invited to attend the CALS Pre-Commencement Celebration from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. in Allen Centennial Garden on Saturday, May 11, 2024. This informal event will feature gifts for graduates, photo opportunities and a light breakfast. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

Complimentary parking will be available in several campus parking lots.

Please note, this celebration is not the official commencement ceremony, and degrees are officially conferred at the doctoral ceremony at the Kohl Center on May 10, 2024 and the bachelor’s and master’s degree ceremony at the Camp Randall on May 11, 2024. Find more information on the UW Commencement website.

CALS is committed to creating an inclusive and accessible event. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact academicaffairs@cals.wisc.edu to make a reasonable accommodation request. Requests must be submitted by April 26, 2024.

University Commencement Plans

Spring 2024 Commencement

Doctoral, MFA, and Medical Professionals

Friday, May 10, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
Kohl Center, 601 W. Dayton Street

Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Law Degree Candidate Ceremony

Saturday, May 11, 2024 at Noon
Camp Randall, 1440 Monroe St.

Graduates should consult the University’s Commencement website regularly for updates. You may also email commence@chancellor.wisc.edu with any questions regarding the University’s Commencement.

Department Commencement Activities

Agricultural & Applied Economics

Graduation reception for all graduates on Friday, May 10th from 2:00-4:30pm, Pyle Center, AT&T Lounge. All attending graduates will be recognized in-person and receive a certificate and gift. There will be a reception and visit by Bucky Badger following the ceremony.

Agronomy

Stop by the Plant and Agroecosystem Sciences Main Office (385 Horticulture) for a graduating gift!

Biochemistry

Biochemistry Graduation Celebration on Friday, May 10th from 2:00-4:00pm in the DeLuca Biochemical Sciences Building Atrium (440 Henry Mall). Graduating undergraduate Biochemistry students and their families are encouraged to join the Biochemistry Department in celebration of your graduate’s wonderful achievements! Babcock ice cream, light refreshments, and a photo booth will be provided. Please reach out to biochemmicrobio-advisor@wisc.edu with any questions.

Biology

Stop by the 3rd floor of the Microbial Sciences Building near the Biology Major advising offices on Friday, May 3rd, 12:00-1:30 to enjoy ice cream with advisors and fellow grads. While you’re there, pick up your Biology Major mug. It’s our gift to you as our newest alumni.

Biological Systems Engineering

Biological Systems Engineering will celebrate it’s spring and summer graduates with a reception on Friday, May 10th at 2pm in the B1 Lounge. Refreshments and recognition! Family members welcome. Large groups please RSVP to Betsy Wood at betsy.wood@wisc.edu by May 8th.

Community & Environmental Sociology

Lunch for graduating students and their families at Brittingham Park on Friday, May 10th at 12pm.

Entomology

There will be a spring picnic and recognition event for both undergraduate and graduate students. This event will be held on Friday, May 3rd from 3-5pm on the back lawn of Russell Laboratories.

Genetics & Genomics

Graduation Reception on Friday, May 10th from 4:30-6:30pm in the Microbial Sciences Building (MSB). Appetizers and beverages will be served at 4:30 in the MSB first floor atrium and a formal presentation of the graduates will begin at 5:15 in Ebling Auditorium in MSB.

Horticulture

Stop by the Plant and Agroecosystem Sciences Main Office (385 Horticulture for a a graduating gift!

Life Sciences Communication

There will be a ceremony at Carson’s Gulley on Friday, May 10th, from 2:00-3:30pm. Graduates will be recognized and food will be served. Bucky Badger will also join the fun.

Microbiology

All Microbiology graduates and their families are invited for a reception with light fare and a graduating gift after the campus-wide commencement. The event will be in the main atrium of the Microbial Sciences Building from 2-4pm on Saturday, May 11th.

Plant Pathology

On Thursday, May 9th from 3-4pm in 584 Russell Labs Plant Pathology Library there will be an Honors, Awards, Graduation, and Appreciation Ceremony. This is open to the departmental community to recognize and celebrate graduates and awardees.

Student Profiles

Keira Obert

Wildlife Ecology, BS

Keira Obert, who grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, will be graduating this spring with a bachelor’s in wildlife ecology and certificates in environmental studies and studio art. She was selected to be the CALS flag bearer at the UW–Madison commencement ceremony. In this Q&A, she talks about her experiences with the Hoofer Outing Club, attending her major’s “summer camp,” and her career plans, which involve promoting safe and sustainable outdoor recreation and conservation practices.

Bea Sutton

Food Science, BS

Bea Sutton, who grew up in Ashland, Wisconsin, is graduating this spring with a bachelor’s in food science and a certificate in global health. In this Q&A, she talks about finding the food science major, the value of participating in student organizations, and the satisfaction of working at campus’ Carson’s Market. Her future plans include interning at a California winery, then going to grad school.

Maxwell Chibuogwu

Plant Pathology, PhD

Maxwell Chibuogwu, an international student from Nigeria, will be graduating this spring with a PhD in plant pathology. In this Q&A, he talks about his route to UW–Madison, his motivation to study pathogens of crop plants, his leadership roles at UW, and the journey he’ll take to reach his future career goal: to consult for African ministries of agriculture.

Dev Desai

Biochemistry, BS
Microbiology, BS

Dev Desai, who grew up in Nashik, India, will be graduating this spring with two bachelor’s degrees – one in biochemistry and one in microbiology. In this Q&A, he talks about his experiences doing research and being a TA, his appreciation for bacteria, and his next step to get a PhD in molecular and cell biology.

Maezy Beams

Horticulture, BS

Maezy Beams, who grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, will be graduating this spring with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture. In this Q&A, she talks about her decision to transfer to UW, finding a supportive community at CALS, and her eagerness to work in a public-facing role in the horticultural field.

Brenen Skalitzky

Genetics and Genomics, BS

Brenen Skalitzky, who grew up in Waterloo, Wisconsin, will be graduating this spring with a bachelor’s degree in genetics and genomics, as well as three certificates: criminal justice, global health, and health policy. In this Q&A, he talks about his involvement in student orgs, undergrad research, study abroad – and his next steps to go to med school.

Andrea Wegrzynowicz

Biochemistry, PhD

Andrea Wegrzynowicz, who grew up in Ballston Spa in upstate New York, will be graduating this spring with a PhD in biochemistry. In this Q&A, she talks about the satisfaction of doing the “hard things,” the importance of saying “yes” to spontaneous trips to Babcock Dairy and the Terrace, and her plans to work in infertility and reproductive health.

Luke McCullough

Dairy Science, BS

Luke McCullough, who grew up in Juda, Wisconsin, will be graduating this spring with a bachelor’s in dairy science. In this Q&A, Luke talks about his role as student manager at campus’ Dairy Cattle Center, being on a winning team for the National Dairy Challenge competition, and his next steps to go to vet school and become a large animal veterinarian.

Jaya Suneja

Biological Systems Engineering, BS

Jaya Suneja, who grew up in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, will be graduating this spring with a bachelor’s degree in biological systems engineering and three certificates: business management for CALS, environmental studies, and studio art. In this Q&A, she talks about her experiences in the her major’s student org, the value of investing in your health and wellbeing, and her goal to become a licensed engineer who works on water management projects in water-scarce areas.

Jim Spoden

Environmental Sciences, BS
Life Sciences Communication, BS

Jim Spoden, who grew up in Milwaukee, will be graduating this spring with two bachelor’s degrees – environmental sciences and life sciences communication. This UW news article describes how Jim, who had been working in U.S. trade compliance, decided to go to college in order to shift his career path – to better align with his interest in addressing climate change.

Rosalie Powell

Environmental Sciences, BS
Life Sciences Communication, BS

Rosalie Powell, who grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, will be graduating this spring with two bachelor’s degrees – environmental sciences and life sciences communication. In this Q&A, she talks about the satisfaction of registering students to vote, anticipation of publishing her undergrad research, and excitement about her upcoming conservation-focused fellowship in Washington State. Learn even more about Rosalie in this Grow article.

CALS List of Spring 2024 Graduates

Department Commencement Activities

Agricultural and Applied Economics

Agronomy

Agroecology

Animal and Dairy Sciences

Biology

Biochemistry

Bacteriology: Microbiology major

Biological Systems Engineering

Community and Environmental Sociology

Entomology

Environmental Sciences

Food Science

Forest and Wildlife Ecology

Genetics and Genomics

Global Health

Horticulture

Life Sciences Communication

Nutritional Sciences

Plant Breeding & Plant Genetics

Plant Pathology

Soil Science