COVID-19 update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, KU has decided to postpone 2020 Commencement. There will be no in-person, Commencement-related activities, including graduation recognition ceremonies for the Geography & Atmospheric Science Department, until late Summer or Early Fall. Students who meet graduation requirements will still have their degrees certified. The only thing that will be delayed is Commencement, which KU hopes to reschedule for a later date. Please check the Commencement website for updates. 

The Geography & Atmospheric Science Department will hold their postponed ceremonies the same weekend as KU's Commencement. Please check back for updated schedules. 

Virtual Celebrations 

Although the University of Kansas 2020 Commencement ceremony has been postponed until it is safe to reconvene, we still wish to recognize the incredible achievements of our graduating Jayhawks. The University will host an online event commemorating the Class of 2020 on Sunday, May 17, at 11:30 a.m. For details, visit

For a list of graduates, messages from our faculty, and Senior tributes, please click the tabs below:




Fall 2019

Samuel Henkin

Spring 2020

Levi Winegar

David Weekley


Fall 2019

Wes Stops

Regina Thomas

Spring 2020

Brett Chrisler

Summer 2019

Laura Tomkins


Spring 2020

Elizabeth Sanner

Cheyenne Sun Eagle

Nathan Ellis

Geographic Information Science

Green,Bethany Nichole

Jones,Brandon R

Thompson, Ian

Underwood,Joseph M

Geography BA

Cormier,John Alexander

Underwood,Joseph M

Geography BGS

Green,Bethany Nichole

Hatutian,Raffi David

Geography BS

Jones,Brandon R

Kennedy,Patrick S

Kulig,Sean Edward

Geography Minor

Direnzo,Evan James

Monnett,Thomas P

Wiyninger,Taylor Jean

Atmospheric Science BS

Berislavich,Katherine Dale

Cullen,Julianna Marie

Direnzo,Evan James


Foster,Brittany Marie

Gordon,Madison Taylor


Zimmerman,Cole Michael


"The most valuable part of the Atmospheric Science program at KU has to be the small size and amazing professors. With the program being so small, you are able to make close friends and have small class sizes. Plus the professors get to know you really well in a span of a few years as a result. After graduation I will be moving to Lincoln, NE, to be a meteorologist at KLKN-TV. I’m excited for my new adventure and look forward to forecasting Nebraska snow!"


"The most valuable part of my Atmospheric Science experience was the people I met along the way. And the best part is, I can say I’m a scientist now. I’m pursuing a career in Broadcast Meteorology, for now. I hope that someday I can take that and make it my own thing. And when I’m done, I’m going to retire and open a coffee shop in Hawaii."


-Madison Gordon



"From here I will be a consulting meteorologist at Weather or Not in Shawnee, KS. At some point later in life I would love to work at the National Hurricane Center and maybe own a forecasting company with Madison."

-Katherine Berislavich





"One of the most valuable part of the Atmospheric Science program for me was taking ATMO 605: Operational Forecasting. The class is taught by the National Weather Service and the real world application and insight from the instructors was such a great learning experience.

From here I see myself working as a Forecaster." 

-Mandy Edwards



"The most valuable part of the Geography & Atmospheric Science experience for me has been the variety of unique educational opportunities and the dedication of our department's educators.

After graduation, I will be moving to Boulder, Colorado to begin a career as a forecaster in the National Weather Service."

-Evan Direnzo



"The most valuable experience form my time at KU was definitely getting to learn and grow among my peers! The friends and connections I made while studying atmospheric science will definitely follow me into my career and beyond!


After graduation I will be pursuing my dream of being a broadcast meteorologist by moving to northern Missouri to take a job as a morning meteorologist."


-Julianna Cullen

Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science Events
2019 GPRM-AAG Annual Meeting