The Class of 2013 — Simply Amazing

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    Graduating in the rain  The Class of 2013 MBA and MAcc collected their diplomas through the rain in the morning (as seen), while the Undergraduates enjoyed a sunny afternoon.  Skip Rowland '83
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For most of the nation and much of the world, May 12, 2013 was Mother’s Day. And while it was a day to pay homage to dear old “mom,” May the 12th on the campus of William & Mary is also a day of change and transition. With the flick of a tassel, students who have been toiling for two, three, four years transform from student to alumni.

And the Raymond A. Mason School of Business hosted its part of the Commencement ceremonies at Alan B. Miller Hall, with a diploma ceremony in the morning for the Master of Business Administration and Master of Accounting graduates, and in the afternoon for those who earned their undergraduate degree from the College, with a major in business.

And while the wind blew and the rains came to douse the MBA and MAcc graduates in the morning, their spirits were high and all were excited to start their next chapter.

The afternoon ceremony was a much more sunny affair, and all who attended were warmed both in body and spirit by the enthusiasm in the William J. Field Courtyard. Change was in the air for both groups, and the Raymond A. Mason School of Business’ Dean Larry Pulley seemed to understand that all too well.

“The truth of the matter is that you are so talented, and you are so very well prepared,” said Dean Pulley. “Most of the world can only dream about being where you are today.”

In the end, the Raymond A. Mason School of Business distributed diplomas to graduates from the following programs — 101 Full-Time MBA; 70 Flex MBA; 77 Master of Accounting; plus 12 with dual degrees, which combine business with another program of study at W&M.

The following students and faculty were recognized for their contributions to the Mason School for their personal achievement:

Faculty Excellence Awards
(graduating class vote)

Katherine Guthrie


Denise M. Jones

Full-time MBA 

Elizabeth P. Foster

Flex MBA 

Robert E. Williams

MBA Class of 1997 Faculty Award for
Innovation in the use of Classroom Technology 

Ram Ganeshan

Faculty Service Awards
Alfred N. Page Undergraduate Teaching Award

Michael G. Luchs

Alfred N. Page Graduate Teaching Award for the MAcc Program

Howard J. Busbee

Alfred N. Page Graduate Teaching Award for the MBA Program

Alexander Woods

Daniel C. Lewis Award for Exceptional Service

William T. Geary

Daniel C. Lewis Volunteer Service Award 

Matthew B.  Siano
Frances C. Engoron
Joyce H. Shields

Undergraduate Awards
Wayne F. Gibbs Accounting Award  (Achievement in the Undergraduate Accounting Program) 

Elaine C. Oestreich
Brian J. Lapierre

Charles L. Quittmeyer Award  (Scholastic Achievement in the Undergraduate Business Program)

Derek R. Bluemling 

John N. Dalton Memorial Award  (To support Post-Baccalaureate Interest in Public Service) 

Patricia I. Austria

Student Contribution to the BBA Program Award 

Daniel P. Barzach

Graduate Student Awards - Master of Accounting Program
Trustee’s Award(Highest GPA Among May MAcc Graduates)

Eric W. Albrecht
Stephanie E. Collins

Student Contribution to the MAcc Program Award 

Jessica R. Smith

Master of Business Administration Program
Trustee’s Award   (Highest GPA Among Full-time MBA Graduates)

Zachary D. Jungers

Trustee’s Award   (Highest GPA Among Flex MBA Graduates)

Illeana M. Ramirez
Anastasia M. Ippolito

Student Contribution to the Full-time MBA Program Award

Charles C. Chadbourn & Margaret E. Wheeler

Student Contribution to the Flex MBA Program Award 

Rubayet Lisa Karim