Juan Manuel Palacios, of Caracas, Venezuela, was honored during Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School of Management Hooding ceremony. Palacios, who is married to Gabriela Miranda, was one of 11 graduates recognized for Academic Distinction.
The hooding ceremony, held in Wait Chapel, takes place the evening before graduation. Candidates for master’s degrees wear hoods over their robes. The hood, which symbolizes a heavy burden, identifies the level of the degree, the field of learning and the institution that awards it. The color of the trim declares the major field of learning; tan represents business. The colors that line the hood identify the university awarding the degree; Wake Forest University colors are gold and black. The Babcock School graduated 297 students from its various MBA programs, bringing the total number of Wake Forest MBA alumni to approximately 5,850.
Wake Forest’s Babcock School offers five MBA programs, including evening and Saturday MBA programs in Charlotte. The programs nurture innovation and entrepreneurship and provide students with the tools needed to assess the risks of pursuing new ideas. An experiential, hands-on learning environment emphasizes teamwork and collaboration. Forbes magazine has rated the school’s programs among the nation’s best for return on investment, with Babcock’s part-time programs ranked No. 12 and its full-time program ranked No. 40..
Left to Right First Row:
Ryan Laurence Seifert, Daniel Patrick McCabe, Bernard Christian Massey, Roberto Sanchez, Dev Prakash Saraogi
Left to Right Second Row:
Joshua Zachary Schwartz, Rowan Alan Nairn, Daniel Joseph Goodman, Michael J. Coppola, Krista Kay Brinkley, Juan Manuel Palacios