Entomology Department celebrates 15 graduating students this spring

Friday, May 13, 2022

The Department of Entomology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln celebrated spring commencement with a virtual graduation celebration on Friday, May 13. There were 15 students who graduated with graduate and undergraduate degrees from the department, according to John Ruberson, head of the Entomology Department. This is one of the largest graduating classes since prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Judy Wu-Smart speaks at a virtual graduation celebration.Ruberson served as the host and moderator and Dr. Judy Wu-Smart was the special speaker (see screenshot at right). Wu-Smart is an associate professor in the department and served as the advisor for two of this spring's graduates. 

The 15 graduating students are:

Ph.D. in Entomology:

Gabriela Inveninato Carmona, Camaqua, Brazil

M.S. in Entomology:

Juan Betancurt Cardona, Manizales, Colombia
Courtney Brummel, Gretna, NE
Sheldon Brummel, Papillion NE
Amy Jo Catalano, Rocky Point, NM
Paula Courtney, Godley, TX
Ivy Grob, Gainesville, FL
Tran Kim Ngan “Mia” Luong, Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Christine Melvin, Goleta, CA
Vilma Montenegro Castro, Guatelmala
Thomas B. Nissen, Windsor, CO
Cory Stevens, Bloomfield, MO
Matthew Trujillo, Ava, MO

B.S. in Insect Science:

Bennett Grappone, Los Angeles, CA
Fiona Callahan, Naperville, FA  

Screenshot of Virtual celebrationAt left is another screenshot from the virtual celebration.

These students are among 3,600 UNL students earning degrees this weekend. More details about the commencement servcies may be found at