On Sunday, Sept. 13, the 43 members of the Executive MBA program’s Class of 2009 became the first students to receive their diplomas in the new Alan B. Miller Hall.
The event was attended by the College’s 27th President, Taylor Reveley, Mason School of Business’s Dean Larry Pulley, Assistant Dean Prabhu Aggarwal, and guest speaker, Mr. Jeff McWaters, retired Chairman and CEO of Amerigroup Corporation. Some of the Executive MBA faculty were also present to share the special day with their former students.
The top 20 percent of the class were inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society in a private event before the main ceremony. The nine students who were recognized on their exceptional academic achievements were Tris Carpenter, Patrick Evelyn, Pete Hollberg, Paul Jesselson, Steve Nerheim, Mark Ray, Amit Sharma, Robert Upton and David Winslow.
The Highest Academic Achievement Award was presented to Steve Nerheim, who was also Class President. And the much acclaimed Best Professor Award went to John Strong.
Steve Nerheim gave a short speech expressing gratitude to the faculty, staff and students’ families for all their support, and presented Dean Pulley with a class gift to the Mason School of Business for the new building.
After the ceremony in Brinkley Commons Room, an elegant reception was held on the main floor in the grand Atrium.