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Rincon student graduates from UGA Tifton Campus
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Rincon's Julia Gonzalez stands outside the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center with Tuga, a statue of its mascot.

The University of Georgia Tifton Campus recognized 19 College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences graduates at a special ceremony, at the Tifton Campus Conference Center on May 4.


Students who received their bachelor’s degrees this spring include:

  • Lucas Brock, Bowdon; agricultural education
  • Julia Gonzalez, Rincon; agricultural education
  • John Hancock, Alapaha; agribusiness
  • John Harrell, Donalsonville; agribusiness
  • Hannah Henry, Glenwood; agricultural education
  • William Henry, Colquitt; agriscience and environmental systems
  • Robert Holden, Whigham; agriscience and environmental systems
  • Dejanae Hooks, Covington; agricultural education
  • Troy Johnson, Lumber City; biological science
  • Joseph Jones, Pinehurs; agricultural education
  • Clair Jordan, Ocilla; agricultural education

Students who received their master’s degrees this spring include:

  • Sydni Barwick, Boston; entomology
  • Colby Brown Jr., Fayetteville, N.C.; plant protection and pest management
  • Matthew Bruce, Lakeland; crop and soil sciences
  • Samuele Lamon, Moniego Di Noale, Italy; crop and soil sciences

Students who will receive their bachelor’s degrees this summer include:

  • Douglas Mutert, Valdosta; agribusiness
  • Dalton West, Poulan; agriscience and environmental systems

Gurpreet Virk of Khanna, India, will receive a master’s degree in crop and soil sciences this summer.

“It’s always exciting to see our new crop of graduates move forward in their careers. These individuals will represent UGA well in whatever career paths they pursue,” said George Vellidis, director of academic programs at UGA-Tifton.


Two of this semester’s graduating class, Lamon and Bruce, are dual master’s degree recipients who participated in the partnership between UGA and the University of Padova in Italy.


The UGA Crop and Soil Sciences Department developed this dual master’s degree in sustainable agriculture alongside the University of Padova to give students from both countries the opportunity to study abroad and earn a master’s degree from each university.


Bruce completed his course work at UGA and conducted his thesis research at the University of Padova, while Lamon first studied at Padova before completing his research at UGA. Both plan to enter doctoral programs at UGA later this year.


For more information about the academic program at the UGA Tifton campus, see