Darden Students Announce Award Winners, Graduation Speakers

By McGregor McCance

The Class of 2024 of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business recently announced recipients of multiple honors at its spring awards ceremonies.

The Full-Time MBA Class elected Matt Ganyard (Class of 2024) as student graduation speaker, and elected the following as faculty marshals: Peter Belmi, Marc Lipson, Elena Loutskina and Bobby Parmar.

Executive MBA students elected Anthony Ranghelli (Class of 2024) as student graduation speaker, and faculty marshals will be Yael Grushka-Cockayne and Daniel Murphy.

Darden’s Academic Regalia Ceremony is scheduled for 18 May on Darden Grounds, and UVA’s Final Exercises ceremony including Darden is scheduled for 19 May on the Lawn.

Other spring awards include:

Full-Time MBA

  • Club Prize for Excellence: Darden Outdoors Club, GWIB, and Parents of Darden
  • Theo Herbert International Award: Ines de Estrada
  • Kitty Smiley Friend of the Student Award: Larry McGruder and Holly Middaugh
  • Faculty Diversity Award: Bo Sun 
  • Outstanding Faculty Award: Anthony Palomba

Executive MBA

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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