Seventy-five students received their Diplomas in Agriculture at the 2017 Convocation of the School of Agriculture held last Friday at the University of Manitoba.

This is the largest graduating class since 1986.

Brian Archibald of Killarney received the Governor General’s Bronze Medal, an award given to the graduate with the highest academic standing in the two-year Diploma Program in Agriculture. Brian was also the recipient of the President’s Medal, given annually to a student who combines scholarship with outstanding qualities of leadership.

Brian Archibald receives an award from Dr. Janice Ristock

Diplomas with Distinction, awarded to students who obtain a Grade Point Average of 3.75 or better out of a possible 4.5, were presented to Brian Archibald, Simon Cutler (Arborg), Ricardo Enguita (Zaragoza, Spain), Michelle Falk (New Bothwell), Joel Friesen (Mitchell), Celeste Giesbrecht (Miami), Renate Jochum (St. Francois Xavier), Lauryn Keen (Manitou), Ashley Kiansky (Vita), Jennifer Mueller (Arnaud), Blair Reid (Lorette), Dawson Sawatzky (MacGregor), Bailey Sigvaldason (Arborg), and Philip Therrien (La Broquerie).

The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences annually awards Certificates of Merit to those who have made significant contributions to the agri-food industry.

This year’s recipients include organic researcher and educator Martin Entz and former Deputy Premier Jim Downey.

The Teacher of the Year award was presented to Don Flaten in recognition of teaching excellence and contribution to the students’ program of study.

L to R: Michele Rogalsky (Director, School of Agriculture), Jim Downey (Certificate of Merit Recipient), Dr. Janice Ristock (Provost and VP Academic, U of M), Dr. Martin Entz (Certificate of Merit Recipient), Dr. Karin Wittenberg (Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences)