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May 2021 Graduates Recognized With Awards And Honors

The College of Geosciences virtual graduation celebration was May 18, and commencement was held May 19 in Reed Arena.

May 27, 2021

May 2021 commencement ceremony in Reed Arena. (Photo courtesy of Texas A&M.)
May 2021 commencement ceremony in Reed Arena. (Photo courtesy of Texas A&M.)

The Texas A&M University College of Geosciences would like to congratulate its May 2021 graduates. Graduating seniors, families and friends, faculty and staff joined together in an online Graduation Celebration May 18 to celebrate and recognize the students’ accomplishments.

“Congratulations to all of you on your inspiring accomplishments completing our degree programs, which are incredibly rigorous,” said Dean of the College of Geosciences Dr. Debbie Thomas, who led the event. “You should all be very proud, and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Geosciences students receiving their doctoral degrees were honored at the doctoral commencement and hooding ceremony on May 8, and undergraduate and graduate students received their degrees at the May 19 commencement ceremony.

“Please draw from your courage, your strength, and your discipline to lead by example,” Thomas said. “Your knowledge and skills as geoscientists are critical to the current and future challenges facing society. Geoscientists are the very foundation of sustainability. In addition to meeting today’s needs, while enhancing the prosperity and security of future generations, sustainability requires a society that trusts science. So, lead us there Aggie Geoscientists!”


The following students were honored with awards at the event.

Department And Program Honors

Environmental Programs Outstanding Graduating Seniors 

  • Amanda Wright, Environmental Geosciences
  • James "Will" Maddux, Environmental Geosciences
  • Kennedy Mayo, Environmental Studies
  • Kenji Blum, Environmental Studies

Undergraduate Excellence in Oceanography Award

  • Dylan Halbeisan

Geography Outstanding Student Award

  • Luke Vitullo, Geography
  • Christina Shaw, GIST

Klein Family Scholarship

  • Kendahl Hejl

GTU National Honor Society

  • Eshan Zia
  • Elyse Burgess
  • Nathan Bradley
  • Christina Shaw
  • Abir Chaudhuri
  • Nathan Young

Geology And Geophysics Outstanding Senior Award

  • Deanna Flores
  • Catherine Lloyd
  • Colton Barr
  • Kade Flynn

Atmospheric Sciences Outstanding Senior Award

  • Leanne Blind-Doskocil

Outstanding Student Award

These students began their last semester with a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher.

  • Colton Barr
  • Leanne Blind-Doskocil
  • Kenji Blum
  • Elyse Burgess
  • Kristina Djinis
  • Kade Flynn
  • Analisa Garcia
  • James “Will” Maddux
  • Kennedy Mayo
  • Daniel McKinney
  • Clara Migala
  • Christina Shaw
  • Emily Smith
  • Luke Vitullo
  • Amanda Wright

College of Geosciences Medallion Milestone Scholars

The Medallion Milestone Scholars Program identifies those who have excelled within and beyond the classroom. Recipients have demonstrated leadership, professionalism, citizenship and/or research skills while building collaborative relationships in the academic, local or global community.


  • Lance Belobrajdic
  • Leanne Blind-Doskocil
  • Hannah Davis
  • Jeanette Gallardo Gonzalez
  • Joseph Miles Langfeld
  • James “Will” Maddux
  • Chelsea Parada
  • Erin Sherman


  • Rachel Eldridge
  • Kade Flynn
  • Matthew Herdrich
  • Kalli Johnson
  • Bailey Ohlson
  • Joshua Ostaszewski
  • Dalton St. Romain
  • Kayleigh Thomas


  • Dylan Halbeisen
  • Nicole Hernandez
  • Andrew Jansen
  • Katherine Maberry
  • Anneliese Olbrich
  • Nadia Partida
  • Amber Schlessiger
  • Julia Villafranca
  • James Wilde

Watch the College of Geosciences May 2021 Graduation Celebration.

By Leslie Lee

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