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June 10, 2021

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Carey Business School celebrates newest graduates

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The spring commencement ceremony recognizes the accomplishments of more than 400 members of the class of 2021.

Article Highlights

  • Virtual event for second consecutive year because of pandemic restrictions.
  • Degrees earned in 10 programs.
  • Four graduates receive award for highest GPAs.

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School held its spring commencement May 25, 2021, as more than 400 new graduates were recognized during the virtual event.

Dean Alexander Triantis and other Carey officials presided over the ceremony, which was held online for the second consecutive year as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“The experience you’ve gained, the adaptability you’ve shown, and the commitment you’ve demonstrated have all given you an important head start in engaging with the future.”—Dean Alexander Triantis
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“The experience you’ve gained, the adaptability you’ve shown, and the commitment you’ve demonstrated have all given you an important head start in engaging with the future,” Triantis told the graduates. “With courage and commitment, you’ve truly lived the Carey Business School motto of ‘Build for What’s Next’ by continuing to excel in the challenging environment thrust upon us.”

The names of 408 students who completed their degree or certificate programs in fall 2020 and spring 2021 were announced during the ceremony. About half of the graduates were from the Master of Business Administration program, including the final graduates of the Global MBA program established in 2010.

The rest were divided among the following Master of Science programs: Business Analytics and Risk Management, Enterprise Risk Management, Finance, Health Care Management, Information Systems, Marketing, and Real Estate and Infrastructure. Ten students received graduate certificates in Financial Management or Investments.

Four recipients of the Edward J. Stegman CPA Memorial Award for Excellence in Business Scholarship also were announced. The honor is named for Edward J. Stegman, founder of the Maryland-based accounting firm Stegman and Company, who taught business economics and accounting at Johns Hopkins University from 1928 until 1945. Since 1975, more than 430 graduating students have earned the award. It is currently presented to graduating students with the highest GPAs in the full-time MBA program, the full-time MS programs, and the part-time programs.

Graduates in the top 20 percent of their class were acknowledged for earning invitations to join Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society serving business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. Beta Gamma Sigma membership is the highest recognition a student can receive for participation in a business program accredited by AACSB International.

Also during the ceremony, Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association President Anika Penn (JHU School of Advanced International Studies ’10) welcomed the Carey graduates into the ranks of the university’s worldwide network of alums. Erica Duffy, a new graduate of the Master of Arts/Master of Business Administration in Design Leadership program, delivered remarks on behalf of the class of 2021. Professor and Vice Dean for Faculty and Research Valerie Suslow spoke for the faculty.

In addition, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School associate professors of practice Ge Bai and Xian Sun were named recipients of Excellence in Teaching Awards at the school’s May 25, 2021, graduation ceremony in Baltimore.

The annual summer graduation ceremony of Carey Business School is scheduled for August 5, 2021.

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