WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Wake Forest University Schools of Business MBA for Working Professionals Winston-Salem Evening Class of 2011 is celebrating new beginnings and the end of a challenging journey of balancing work, family and school.
Thirty-eight graduates were honored during a reception, dinner and awards ceremony at Forsyth Country Club on Sept. 9.
"We are very proud of this class of MBA graduates. They excelled through six straight semesters of balancing intensive graduate education with their careers, family obligations, and everything else that demanded their time. It really is quite an accomplishment,” said Bill Davis, Academic Director of the Winston-Salem Evening MBA Program. “We are honored that they selected the Wake Forest Schools of Business and we are proud to call them Wake Forest alumni."
Graduates Charles Edward Marckwardt, Jonathan Mark Hoyle, Erin Elizabeth Ritter and Bradley David Ross earned Academic Distinction Awards. Marckwardt also received the Student Leadership Award for outstanding leadership, scholastic performance and integrity.
Associate Professor of Management Charles Kennedy received the Outstanding Educator Award, given by each MBA class for outstanding contributions to the educational and personal development of students.
Program Manager Patricia Peacock and Associate Registrar Amy Cecil joined Davis in presenting diplomas to the following graduates: Julie Michelle Fischer Barker, Shoshanna Brackett, Justin Talmadge Brown, Charles Larkin Davis, Paul Alexander Davis, Christopher John DesBarres, Ryan Payne Dooley, Manuel Mariano Gomez, Jr., Talib Anwar Graves-Manns, Shaun Lee Groat, Susan R. Hicks, Matthew Clayton Holmes, Cynthia Meigs Howard, Jonathan Mark Hoyle, Joshua Shane Inman, Ann Rose Jones, Russell Sidney King III, Greg Avery Linkous, Charles Edward Marckwardt, Jared Lowe McFarland, Kristen Danielle Montgomery, Melissa Taylor Nunn, Christopher Stephen Olha, Travis Joel Riedel, Erin Elizabeth Ritter, Clayton Newman Roberts, Bradley David Ross, Jennifer Leslie Rudy, Bobbie Reena Shrivastav, Aram Christopher Stephens, Leigh A. Stone, Camelia Marie Sullivan, Jeffrey John Tsacoumangos, Sr., Roberto R. Vadia, Ann Marie Voss, Vinson Darrell Wilson, James Andrew Wimmer II, and Jarrett Matthew York.
The graduates represent a variety of industries and work at such companies as American Banker, Avery Dennison, Bank of America, BB&T, Dun & Bradstreet, Energizer Battery Manufacturing, Merck & Co., Moses Cone Health Systems, Pepsi Bottling Group, Reynolds American, Steelcase, Volvo Financial Services, Wachovia, Wells Fargo and Wake Forest Baptist Health.