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Beacom Recognizes Outstanding Academic Achievement

Academic Excellence Luncheon The Beacom School of Business recognized students for superior academic achievement in the first annual Academic Excellence Luncheon.

VERMILLION, S.D. – On March 22, the Beacom School of Business recognized 93 students for superior academic achievement in the first annual Academic Excellence Luncheon. Students were selected based on grade point average achieved in the fall 2016 semester. 51 seniors, 38 juniors, and 4 sophomores were honored for grade point averages ranging from 3.80 to 4.0.

“The Beacom School of Business has an excellent legacy of academic achievement and we are proud to publicly honor our students annually in this event which will become a new tradition,” said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business.

Erik Muckey, Beacom alumnus from the class of 2014 and project manager for MetaBank served as the keynote speaker and provided tips and strategies for collegiate success.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.