College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Institute of Applied Agriculture

Graduation 2016

Congratulations, Class of 2016!

The Institute of Applied Agriculture concluded its 50th Anniversary year with a pre-graduation celebration which attracted so many people that it outgrew two locations before settling nicely into the College Park Marriott on May 19, 2016.

2016 marked the largest graduating class that the IAA has had in two decades. And that is only one of the unique attributes of this graduating class according to IAA Director Glori Hyman’s welcoming remarks to the graduates. “You are part of an elite group. Not only because you are IAA Alumni, but because you are the only ones to graduate during the 50th Anniversary year, and of course that’s a distinction you will hold forever,” Hyman laughed.

She continued, “Twenty percent of you have successfully transitioned into degree programs—that’s more than we have ever had in a single graduating class. Fifteen percent of you had already earned bachelor’s degrees or higher before enrolling in the IAA. You are the first graduates to have trained at the Terp Farm, and you are the first IAA students to graduate under Dean Beyrouty’s tenure at our College.”

Over 150 people celebrated the accomplishments of the IAA’s 26 graduates and the recognition of John Shields, the IAA’s Outstanding Alumni for 2016. Three members of the graduating class—Marcus Maxwell, Lindsay Barranco, and Scott Hebert—represented their classmates well as they shared their stories of Turkey Bowl games, ag mechanic fears, Turf Bowl competitions, teachers and classmates.

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Meet the Class of 2016:

Matthew Antonio
Agricultural Business Management

Lindsay Barranco
Sustainable Agriculture

Andrew (Andy) Bauer
Agricultural Business Management

John Boniface
Agricultural Business Management

Robert (Bob) Borkowski
Sustainable Agriculture

Christian Brinkerhoff
Golf Course Management

Jeffrey Bynaker
Golf Course Management

Shaun Clark
Golf Course Management

John Critzos
Golf Course Management

James (Jimmy) Halley
Golf Course Management

Scott Hebert
Golf Course Management

Ryan Higgins
Turfgrass Management

Jacob Kilmon
Golf Course Management

Jarod Knopp
Sports Turf Management

Marvin Martinez
Turfgrass Management

Marcus Maxwell
Landscape Management

Chase Oaster
Landscape Management

Ian Patrican
Golf Course Management

Michael Perise
Sustainable Agriculture

Luke Santerre
Landscape Management

Grant (Joe) Shaffer
Agricultural Business Management

Colton Simpson
Landscape Management

Ryan Snell
Landscape Management

David Sullivan
Ornamental Horticulture

Emily Weber
Agricultural Business Management

Austin Weinreich
Agricultural Business Management

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