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.