The Class of 2014 at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business has raised $241,286,
a record-breaking fundraising total for MBA students about to
Ninety-nine percent of the class
participated. Highlights of the campaign include the following:
- The full-time MBA class raised $133,600 and achieved an average pledge
amount of $431 — a 15 percent increase over last year's average
- The MBA for Executives (EMBA) Class of 2014 raised $83,950 and
achieved the highest average pledge per student in history, at
- The Global MBA for Executives (GEMBA) achieved 100 percent pledge
participation and the highest total dollar raised in the history of
its format, at $23,786.
For the first time, students from
all three formats of the Darden MBA degree — the full-time MBA, MBA
for Executives and Global MBA for Executives — were present to hear
the highly anticipated elections of graduation student speakers and
The Class of 2014 chose Greg Fairchild, E. Thayer Bigelow Associate Professor of
Business Administration, and Professor Bobby Parmar to serve as graduation faculty marshals. They
will lead the graduates in their procession down U.Va.'s historic
Lawn during its 185th final exercises and again through Flagler
Court at the Darden School. Johnson & Higgins Professor of
Business Administration Jim Clawson and Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business
Administration Robert Spekman were chosen to serve as honorary faculty
The 2014 Darden graduation ceremony
will take place on Sunday, 18 May, beginning at 1:15 p.m., in
Flagler Court on the Darden School Grounds.
Prior to Darden's commencement
ceremony, U.Va. will hold its final exercises. At 10 a.m., students will follow their faculty
marshals to their proper positions on the U.Va. Lawn.
This year's full-time MBA graduation
student speaker is Brandon Guichard of Winchester, Virginia.
Guichard is a graduate of Virginia Tech. He received the William Michael Shermet Award and the Samuel Forrest Hyde Memorial Fellowship at the start of his second year at Darden. In
addition to serving as a class agent, he is also vice president of
finance for the Darden Student Association and a student ambassador.
The EMBA class elected Alfred "Gus"
Nicoll its graduation student speaker. Nicoll resides in New York
City and is director of flight operations plans and programs for
JetBlue Airways. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he
majored in economics and political science.
Stephanie Scuderi, this year's GEMBA
graduation student speaker, resides in Tavernier, Florida. She is
senior vice president and director of sales for Centennial Bank.
She received degrees in communication and integrated marketing
communication from Cornell University and Northwestern University,
respectively. More information about final exercises is available
on Darden's website
About the Darden School of
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of the
world's leading business schools, offering MBA, Ph.D. and Executive
Education programs. The unique Darden experience combines the case
study method, top-ranked faculty whose research advances global
managerial practice and business education, and a tight-knit
learning environment to develop responsible and complete leaders
who are ready to make an impact.
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