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Spring 2021

Dean's Message & Congratulations

Daniel J. Robison, endowed dean's chair, and other College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty and staff wish the spring 2021 graduating students well as they move on to their next adventures.

Senior Speaker: Lexie O'Brien (Microbiology)

Lexie O'Brien, microbiology, is the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences spring 2021 graduation speaker.

Senior Recognition

Student Address – video available May 7, 2021
Lexie O’Brien (microbiology)

CALS Student Marshal
Megan Behrends (agricultural and life sciences education)

Graduation Platform Party Member
Zackary Leist (agricultural business, economics, international agriculture), member, Iowa Board of Regents

CALS Student Council Senior Awardees – videos available below

  • Erin Chalupa (animal science) – Outstanding Senior Award
  • Brianna Gorham (agricultural business, economics, international agriculture) – Outstanding Ambassador of Agriculture and Life Sciences Award
  • Madelyn Main (agricultural business) – Distinguished Service Award
  • Esperanza Moothart (global resource systems) – Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Award
  • Hans Riensche (agricultural business) – Leadership Excellence Award
  • Alyssa Swehla (agronomy, global resource systems) – Academic Achievement Award

Outstanding Senior Award

Erin Chalupa, graduating senior in animal science, is the Spring 2021 recipient of the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Council Outstanding Senior Award. Watch to see how Erin has shown exceptional effort in leadership, service and academia.

Outstanding Ambassador of Agriculture and Life Sciences Award

Brianna Gorham, graduating senior in agricultural business, international agriculture and economics, is the Spring 2021 recipient of the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Council Outstanding Ambassador of Agriculture and Life Sciences award. Watch the video to see how she has helped communicate agriculture and life sciences to her peers and connect Iowa State, CALS and communities.

Distinguished Service Award

Madelyn Main, graduating senior in agricultural business, is the Spring 2021 recipient of the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Council Distinguished Service award. Watch to see how Madelyn has dedicated her time to better her community through community service activities and organizations.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Award

Esperanza Moothart, graduating senior in global resource systems, is the Spring 2021 recipient of the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Council Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion award. Watch the video to see how she has worked to promote and encourage diversity within CALS and Iowa State.

Leadership Excellence Award

Hans Riensche, graduating senior in agricultural business and international agriculture, is the Spring 2021 recipient of the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Council Leadership Excellence award. Watch to see how Hans has shown outstanding leadership on campus and through his international experiences, especially with the World Food Prize.

Academic Achievement Award

Alyssa Swehla, graduating senior in agronomy and global resource systems, is the Spring 2021 recipient of the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Council Academic Achievement award. Watch to see how Alyssa has excelled academically while being involved in research projects and several organizations on campus and in the community.

Questions?

Check out the Spring 2021 graduation celebration frequently asked questions page, or contact graduation@iastate.edu.

College-specific questions may be directed to Haley Cook (hcook@iastate.edu).

Graduation Celebration Schedule

Master's Cyclone Graduation Celebration

11:00 a.m. Friday, May 7, 2021
Jack Trice Stadium, Cardinal Stage

Master's celebration homepage

*In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will be moved to Hilton Coliseum

Ph.D. Commencement Ceremony

7:00 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2021
Hilton Coliseum

Ph.D. ceremony homepage

CALS Undergraduate Cyclone Celebration

9 a.m., Saturday, May 8, 2021
Jack Trice Stadium

Undergraduate celebration homepage

*In the event of inclement weather, the celebration may be delayed or moved to Sunday, May 9. Please watch CALS and Iowa State University social media platforms for updates.