Wake Forest honors MBA graduate during hooding ceremony

6.8.2006 Faculty News, General, News Release

Rowan Alan Nairn, of Johannesburg, South Africa, was honored during Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School of Management Hooding ceremony. In addition to being recognized for Academic Distinction, Nairn was one of four recipients from the Class of 2006 who received the Robert N. White Award, given annually to the members of the student team judged to have produced the most outstanding Management Consulting Practicum project. He also was one of five students who received the Babcock Award, given by faculty to graduates who have displayed particular managerial potential. Criteria for selection include scholastic performance, leadership and integrity.

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.

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Rowan Alan Nairn, Elliott Scott Estes, Camille Kay Capman
Krista Kay Brinkley, Daniel Patrick McCabe