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Top Students Honored at Beacom School of Business Awards Dinner

"" Beacom School of Business celebrated its top students at the spring Excellence in Academics and Leadership banquet.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business celebrated the academic accomplishments of its exceptional students at the spring Excellence in Academics and Leadership banquet held on Thursday, March 21.

Typically the top 100 students are honored, but in the fall 2018 semester, a total of 134 Beacom School of Business students achieved a 4.0 GPA. These top students consisted 34 seniors, 28 juniors, 33 sophomores and 39 freshmen. Other students recognized at the dinner included 13 Dean’s Ambassadors, 11 tutors and 14 peer advisors.

“The awards dinner is an opportunity to applaud our students for their superior academic achievements,” said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business. “Our students demonstrate exceptional dedication and commitment, further upholding Beacom’s highly-regarded reputation.”

Beacom School of Business graduate Katie Staley gave a keynote address, recollecting how the experience and education she acquired at USD has led to the many successes in her career. Katie is a certified public accountant serving as an audit and assurance senior at Deloitte & Touche LLP in Omaha, Nebraska, where she is responsible for coordinating staff, specialists and global team resources to achieve client deliverables for both public and private clients.

View a full list of award winners


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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News