Congratulations to the Nicholas School Class of 2016!

Congratulations to the Nicholas School Class of 2016!

graduation2On Saturday, May 14th, 147 master’s students in our environmental management, forestry, science and Duke Environmental Leadership programs and 25 PhDs received their diplomas and joined the proud ranks of our Nicholas School alumni. Fifty Duke University undergraduates also celebrated earning their bachelor’s degrees in environmental majors.

Family and friends joined Nicholas School faculty and staff at ceremonies to recognize the hard work and dedication of our newest graduates. Founding Dean and Professor Emeritus Norm Christensen reflected on the School’s 25-year history. (This year we celebrate not only our graduates’ personal achievements but also a major milestone for the School.) Andrew Goode MEM’91, vice president for U.S. programs at the Atlantic Salmon Federation, shared his insights and inspiration as the alumni speaker. Megan Knowlton MEM’16 was chosen by her classmates as their speaker.

Special recognition was bestowed on John Hare-Grogg T’16 and Molly Rosenstein T’16 (Sara LaBoskey and Thomas V. Laska Awards, respectively) and Shuo Gao MEM’16 (Virlis Fischer Award, presented to a graduating professional degree student with the highest academic achievement. Given by friend of the Nicholas School, Bernice Fischer, in memory of her husband.). The Dean’s Award for PhD Student Manuscript was awarded to Katherine Ratliff PhD’19 and Anna Braswell PhD’19, who co-authored (with Nicholas Professor of Ecohydrology Marco Marani) “Spatial response of coastal marches to increased atmospheric OC2,” which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

In addition to their diplomas, our newest alumni received recycled notebooks as a memento of their time at Duke.

For photos and video of speeches from the 2016 graduation ceremony, visit