UVA Darden Students Announce Graduation Speakers, Spring Awards

By Dave Hendrick

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business Class of 2023 recently honored peer students, faculty and staff members with a series of spring awards.

With graduation drawing near on 21 May, Darden Full-Time MBA students recently announced awards at a special First Coffee, while Executive MBA students unveiled their awardees at the close of their recent Leadership Residency in Charlottesville.

The Full-Time MBA Class elected Sukari Brown (Class of 2023) as graduation speaker, and the elected Executive MBA student speaker will be Bobbi Doorenbos (Class of 2023).

The graduation Faculty Marshals include Professor Kinda Hachem and Peter Belmi from the Full-Time MBA, and Luca Cian from the Executive MBA.

Other spring awards include:

Full-Time MBA

  • Club Prize for Excellence: Resilience Initiative
  • Theo Herbert International Award: Nirali Kansara
  • Kitty Smiley Friend of the Student Award: Saroj Singh and Christie Julien
  • Faculty Diversity Award: Gaurav Chiplunkar
  • Outstanding Faculty Award: Kinda Hachem

Executive MBA

  • Friend of the Student Award: Ladi Carr and Brett Twitty
  • Transformational Faculty Award: Andy Wicks

Learn more about Darden graduation.

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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