Wake Forest University School of Business graduates business professionals

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Student awards, hooding ceremony, and Commencement held May 18 – 20, 2019

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., May 20, 2019 – Wake Forest University School of Business congratulates the 458 master’s and 258 bachelor’s degree recipients recognized during the Wake Forest University Commencement May 20, 2019.

School of Business master’s degree recipients were also honored at a hooding ceremony Sunday, May 19, in Wait Chapel. Holders of a master’s degree wear a symbolic hood draped around the neck and over the shoulders, displayed down the back with the lining exposed. The hood identifies the level of degree, the field of learning, and the awarding institution.

This year’s graduate business students who were invested with the hood include:

  • 5 Master of Arts in Management
  • 105 Master of Science in Management
  • 110 Master of Science in Accountancy
  • 89 Master of Science in Business Analytics
  • 43 Winston-Salem Evening MBA
  • 57 Charlotte Evening MBA
  • 47 Charlotte Saturday MBA
  • 2 Ph.D./MBA


Qurate Retail Group Executive Vice President Jeffrey A. Davis delivered the graduate hooding ceremony keynote address Sunday. Davis, who served on the School’s Board of Visitors from 2014 – 2017, advised the graduates to continue nurturing their whole selves.

“This is an institution that focuses on developing the whole person. Nurturing not only just one’s scholarly pursuits, but the character, integrity, and passions of each student,” he said. “The business, technology, and consumer landscapes are vastly different from when I embarked on my career. The current pace of change is unprecedented with many of today’s famed innovators operating with the mindset of move fast and disrupt. It’s critical that you continue to nurture yourself, your whole self, and not just your intellectual gain. You have to practice fitness — mental fitness, physical fitness, emotional fitness, and spiritual fitness.”

Davis not only served as the hooding ceremony speaker, but also attended as a parent. A special moment came in the ceremony when Davis was given the privilege of investing his daughter, Elisse Davis (BA, ‘18, MSM, ’19), with her hood.

The entire hooding ceremony may be viewed on-demand at http://go.wfu.edu/wakeforestbiz2019.

Charles Iacovou, Sisel Distinguished Dean of the School of Business, congratulated the 2019 graduates. “We know you’ve worked hard to become the professional, impactful, honorable, and global leaders you are today. We are excited for you to go on and make a difference in the world,” he said.

Students receiving class Leadership Awards for outstanding scholastic performance and integrity were: Anita Patel (MS in Management); Jaclyn Louise Horton (MS in Accountancy); Andrew Vandiver Bowers (MS in Business Analytics); Charles Robert Fort and Meghan McClure Williams (Winston-Salem Evening MBA); Kelly O’Connor and Luke Wilson (Charlotte Evening MBA); and Matt Phelps (Charlotte Saturday MBA).

Other honorees included: Tiara Andrea Jones and Zhijun Wang, Impactful Pillar Award; Sean Tristan Means, Professional Pillar Award; Muhammad Ammar, Honorable Pillar Award; Chen Chen and Chloe Desira Wilborn, Global Pillar Award; Carolyn Elizabeth Burns, Outstanding Graduate Award – Assurance Services; Chadwick Everitt Rollins, Outstanding Graduate Award – Financial Transaction Services; Stacey Marie Dorogy and Zhijun Krissy Wang, Outstanding Graduate Award – Tax Consulting; and Brent Breedlove and Jenna Rachel Rosenbloom, Scarritt Family Pro Humanitate Award.

Bachelor of Science degrees were awarded to 258 School of Business students with majors in Accountancy, Business and Enterprise Management, Finance and Mathematical Business during the Wake Forest University Commencement ceremony May 20.

Selected for undergraduate student awards were: Alyssa Nicole Mancini, Delmer P. Hylton Accountancy Award; Anne Scott Livingston, the Academic Excellence in Mathematical Business Award; Megan Leah Schwarzkopf, Spirit of Wayne Calloway Award; Carolyn Morgan Hernandez, Lura Baker Paden Award; Megan Leah Schwarzkopf, Patel Prize in Finance, Abigail V. Zvejnieks, the Academic Excellence in Finance Award, and Monica Jordan Lang, the Levar Hairston Courage Award.

Davis received an honorary doctor of laws degree and was invested with the University’s hood during Commencement exercises at Wake Forest University May 20. He was among seven individuals honored for their accomplishments and values that align with Wake Forest University.

Media contact: Michael Lamphier, lamphimd@wfu.edu, or 336.758.4701