George Mason University School of Business celebrated 1,060 graduates this past week, 923 undergraduate students and 137 graduate students. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. , the School of Business held two mini degree celebration ceremonies on May 13, in conjunction with Mason’s 54th Spring commencement held virtually on May 14.
More than 200 graduates attended the undergraduate ceremony, which was held outside on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, students were allowed to bring a limited number of family members or friends to sit with them during the ceremony. In his speech, Dean Maury Peiperl applauded students for their resolve to work through these challenging times. “We remain aware of our many challenges, but we’re also beginning to look at the bigger picture—engaging to create a better future, whether in fighting disease, advancing equity and inclusion, supporting working individuals and families, rebuilding our infrastructure, or re-establishing viable global systems and our leadership within them,” said Peiperl.
Several graduating senior students were nominated by faculty for Outstanding Student in Major, and were selected for their exceptional scholastic achievements. Recipients included Junfei Dong (Accounting); Stephanie Leah Fincher (Finance); Luke Wetherington Forister (Management) Nhu Quynh Hoang (Marketing and Information Systems and Operations Management); and Emily A. Konchan (Management).
Much like the undergraduate ceremony, the graduate ceremony was also held outside, with approximately 40 graduates. In his speech to graduate students, Dean Maury Peiperl said, “Mason Business Graduates look for opportunity and contribution. They learn how to build new connections, across disciplines, markets, fields of knowledge, countries and cultures. By bridging and integrating across diverse sets of stakeholders, they create wider opportunities for value creation, for contribution, for partnership and for impact.
Graduating graduate students were also highlighted for their extraordinary academic successes. Recipients included Karen Chipman (Online MS in Accounting); Giuliana D’Adamio (MBA); Elizabeth Farley (MS in Accounting); Danh Nguyen-Huynh (MS in Technology Management); Katherine Jacobs (MS in Real Estate Development); Christopher Murphy (MS in Technology Management); Joshua Rachford (MBA); Thomas Schaffer (Federation of Accountancy); Dongli Sun (MS in Management); Craig Swaner (Online MBA); and Benjamin Zemek (MBA).
Dean Peiperl concluded both of his speeches saying, “You and other leaders are stepping forward to bring us together and to create a common, safe, and equitable future for all.”