Class of 2018 Geography Graduation Reception

On June 15th, outside Ellison Hall in our courtyard, the Department of Geography held it’s annual Geography Graduation Reception, from 3:30-5:30pm. Student’s families and friends were all welcome! We awarded a group of students with various awards, and after, enjoyed a reception full of laughter, excitement and photos documenting the celebratory weekend.


Briant Fabela (left), Jason Granados (middle), Riley Anderson (right). Photo Courtesy: Katie O’Brien

We would like to acknowledge and thank a few students who have gone above and beyond, awarding Briant Fabela, Jason Granados, and Riley Anderson with the Outstanding Service to the Geography Department Award. These students provided leadership as officers of the Geography Club, dedicated to increasing Geography’s presence on campus.  




Zifan Wang and Department Chair Professor Stuart Sweeney Photo Courtesy: Katie O’Brien



Awarded to the graduating senior who has majored in Geography and has attained the highest overall grade point average, is the Chair’s Award for Excellence in GeographyThis year’s recipient is Zifan Wang, with a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA. 








Photo Courtesy: Katie O’Brien

Students who have earned the Outstanding Achievement in the Geography Major Award are pictured here, graduating with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in upper division Geography classes. Here is a list of recipients of this award:

Zifan Wang
Thomas Smith
Meilin Shi
Riley Anderson
Danny Kolosta
Mitchell Johnson
Jonathan Trautman
Savannah Van Akin
Anthony Farris
Noah Gluschankoff
Jason Langley
Erica O’Connor
Garret Bell
Braden Holt
Alex Burrow
Grant Catlin
Francisco Reyes
Sterling Henken
Lila Kubler-Dudgeon
Monica Lemus Valencia
Alex Milward
Denley Rodriguez
Yuchen Zhang
Tess Irving-Ruffing
Jack Martin
Thomas Ciaramitaro
Emma Shapiro
Lisa Nguyen
William Fredrick
Emma Ray



Photo Courtesy: Katie O’Brien


Congratulations to our graduating class of 2018!

This includes 89 students, 39 of whom will earn the Bachelor of Arts, 30 with a Bachelor of Arts with a GIS Emphasis, and 20 earning the Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography. Thirteen of our graduates have earned a double major.