UVA Darden Students Announce Graduation Speakers, Faculty and Staff Awards

21 April 2021

By Dave Hendrick

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business on 20 April celebrated outstanding students, staff and faculty and looked ahead to an in-person graduation at the annual student-led spring awards.

The event, which was delivered virtually, comes roughly one month before final exercises, which will include an in-person ceremony at Scott Stadium. The Darden School will also host a student award event with Dean Scott Beardsley, faculty marshals and student speakers on 7 May.

The full-time MBA Class of 2021 voted Professors Lalin Anik and Tom Steenburgh as faculty marshals at graduation, and named James Peterson (Class of 2021) as class speaker.

The Executive MBA Class of 2021 named Professor Shane Dikolli as faculty marshal.

Additional awards included:

The Theo Herbert International Award: Professor Lalin Anik

The Kitty Smiley Friend of the Student Awards: Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Sarah Elliott and the entire Darden Hospitality food service staff

The Executive MBA Friend of the Student Awards: Associate Director Kathy Masloff and Director of Student Affairs and Engagement Laura Bordoni

The Faculty Diversity Award: Professor Roshni Raveendhran

The Outstanding Faculty Awards: Professors Lalin Anik and Frank Warnock

The Executive MBA Transformational Faculty Awards: Professors Shane Dikolli and Andy Wicks

The Club Prizes for Excellence: Graduate Women in Business and the Darden Outdoors Club

Additional details on Darden graduation and the 7 May awards event will be announced soon.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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