Last weekend’s mega-commencement in Camp Randall marked a big change for CALS grads*, and not just because of the event’s grand scale and new location. If you were there or watched the live stream, you may have heard some new degrees named when CALS students were asked to stand. That’s because the 2014 grads are the first students to graduate under the new CALS degree structure, which was approved in 2010. Under this streamlined structure, CALS officially offers five degrees: a bachelor of science plus our four professional degrees linked to program accreditation: BS Ag Business Management, BS Biological Systems Engineering, BS Dietetics, and BS Landscape Architecture. Students enrolled in CALS majors prior to the change in fall 2011 may still opt to graduate under the previous degrees (BS Natural Sciences, BS Natural Resources, BS Agricultural Sciences, and BS International Ag & Natural Resources), meaning the CALS list of degrees is longer than it will be in the future. Commencement has always been organized by degree, rather than by major.
*A total of 848 CALS students indicated their intentions to graduate this spring or summer—755 earning B.S. degrees, 42 earning M.S.s and 51 earing Ph.D.s. The official count of how many actually graduated won’t be available until fall.