The 2017 D’Amore-McKim School of Business Graduation Ceremony was held on May 4, 2017, in Matthews Arena, honoring recent graduates for their accomplishments in academic studies, co-op experiences and leadership positions.
“You started as freshmen a little-wide eyed, and naive, and you have become well-educated, mature, wise individuals. So let me welcome you now, not as students, but as colleagues,” said Peggy Fletcher, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs and Master of Ceremonies during her opening remarks.
Matthew Au was the class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony student speaker.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. We use what we learn to take a big risk and try something new. Northeastern gave us the opportunity and toolbox to accomplish anything we put our minds too, and it’s up to us to reach for the stars,” said Au. “Although we are from all walks of life, we all share the desire to win and make a difference in the world.”
The General Electric Best Teacher Award 2017 was given to Peggy O’Kelly.
Erika Nothnagel was presented with the Compass Award, which recognizes exemplary graduating students who have demonstrated dedication to leadership, volunteerism, academic integrity and a full commitment to Northeastern University during their time here.
The Wendy Breen Kline Award was given to Miranda Beggin. This award is presented to the student who most embodies both leadership and volunteer spirit.
Julia Fisher, a dual degree international finance student, received The Heidi Vernon Award, which recognizes commitment to academics and performance as an ambassador for D’Amore-McKim while studying overseas.
The Edward Willet Award was given to Nadav David, Trevor Hennigan, Vera Lee, Christina Prato Bello and Nicole Schilke. Based on faculty recommendations and academic achievements, this award is given to graduating finance majors.
The Hobart Award was given to Danielle Antico and Allison Traylor, recognizing their outstanding achievement in the management concentration and their promising future in the field.
14 seniors were inducted into the Huntington 100, chosen for their impact on the campus community, service, global engagement, demonstrated leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to Northeastern values. The newest inductees include: Matthew Au, Miranda Beggin, Oona Barbieri-Pavolini, Yasmine Bouchrara, Caton Downey, Taylor Hogan, Melissa Kelley, Kaitlyn Korich, Victoria Liceaga, Erika Nothnagel, Siddhartha Pant, Allison Pierpoint, Diego Salas and Cole Weppner. The Huntington 100 honors outstanding students for achievements that correspond with the university’s mission, ideals and academic plan. Once inducted, the Office of Alumni Relations keeps members active within the Northeastern community.
The Mark L. and Karen D. Vachon Scholarship was awarded to Matthew Filo, Matthew Marks, Jacob Moody and Eric Patoine.
The President’s Award, recognizing the students with the top 10 GPAs at Northeastern, was given to Saman Baghestani.
The UPS Foundation Scholarship was awarded to Mackenzie Cool, Mai Nhi Dinh and Stephan Mais.
The Wesley W. Marple, Jr. Endowed Scholarship was awarded to Christian Cherau.
In addition to the honors listed above, over 80 D’Amore-McKim students were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society recognizing business excellence. Nineteen D’Amore-McKim seniors were also recognized for their co-op experiences with Cooperative Education Awards.
“So what should you do with the rest of your life? My hope is that you will build and lead the types of organizations in which employees are happy to volunteer at work; because you build a culture within your organization that rewards and inspires people to do their best,” said Dean Hugh Courtney.
Congratulations Class of 2017!