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Kaitlin Taylor wearing an orange graduation gown standing in front of the OSU Edmon Low Library.
Kaitlin Taylor is the Ferguson College of Agriculture orange gown recipient for the spring 2023 semester. (Photo by Caley Mayo, OSU Agricultural Communications Services)

Taylor selected Ferguson College of Agriculture orange gown recipient

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

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Kaitlin Taylor was selected as the Oklahoma State University Ferguson College of Agriculture orange gown recipient for the spring 2023 semester. Wearing the orange gown honors Taylor’s outstanding achievements and college involvement during her time at OSU.

Each semester, one honoree from each academic college is chosen to wear an orange cap and gown at commencement ceremonies. As part of her orange gown distinction, Taylor will represent the Ferguson College as the college gonfalon carrier at commencement in Stillwater on Saturday, May 13.

In addition to her bachelor’s degree in animal science, Taylor is also earning a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is from Milton, Tennessee and is the daughter of Matt and Tara Taylor.

“To be a part of a college where you are not just a number, but a person with a name, hometown and story, is something I can’t put into words,” Taylor said. “When I was in high school looking to come to OSU, this was the college I proclaimed was the greatest agriculture college in the country, and this was also where the students and faculty I looked up to were.”

During her time in the Ferguson College, Taylor served as a Student Academic Mentor for the Freshmen in Transition program, an animal science teaching assistant and president of the Block and Bridle Club. She was also a McKnight Scholar, a Leader of Excellence in Animal and Food Sciences and a member of the national championship OSU Livestock Judging Team.

“Kaitlin’s leadership, service and genuine commitment to making a difference in the lives of others is commendable,” said Cynda Clary, Ferguson College of Agriculture associate dean of academic programs. “She has excelled at everything she set out to achieve with a mindset of service to her fellow students.”

Taylor recently completed the Ferguson College agricultural legislative internship at the Oklahoma State Capitol, where she gained experience in policy working alongside state leaders. She said her time as a legislative intern solidified her decision to begin a career in agricultural policy after graduation.

“To graduate from the Ferguson College of Agriculture means that I am confident to move on to the next step of my life,” Taylor said. “Not only am I graduating with my degrees, but I am graduating with a group of friends and a network of people who I can call on when I need to.”

The Ferguson College of Agriculture believes in the value of hands-on education and the importance of having a well-rounded student experience. The college’s award-winning faculty members are dedicated to developing students and are passionate about adding value to the total educational experience. With 16 majors, a variety of study options, plus more than 60 student organizations, the college is committed to expanding minds and inspiring purpose. Learn more at

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