On April 12, students, faculty, parents, and staff gathered together in the Owens Ballroom to honor the achievements of students in the Pamplin College of Business. The Students of Distinction Reception awards those graduating in the spring who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance and leadership.

Faculty members and professors of each department within the Pamplin College of Business introduced the recipients of magna cum laude, summa cum laude, and cum laude distinction. In his introduction Lynn Almond, ACIS assistant professor of practice, affectionately deemed the recipients as “the cream of the crop.”

Candice Clemenz, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs in the Pamplin College of Business noted that students were being celebrated for their “demonstration of sustained excellence throughout their college career.”

In addition to the cum laude distinctions, students also received a variety of awards recognizing their distinct achievements in leadership and service. These included Outstanding Graduating Senior, Outstanding Leadership, Outstanding Service, as well as distinguishing department specific awards.

In addition, graduating seniors were given the opportunity to take a standardized Business Test prepared by the Educational Testing Service. Students who scored at the 95th, 85th, and 75th percentiles were recognized as a group.

At the close of the event Grey Weissend, H.H. Mitchell Outstanding Leadership Award recipient, described how his involvement in the Corps of Cadets attributed to his success both academically and personally. He notes, “I learned how to be in control of the moment, how to meet my goals, and how to help others do the same.

The Students of Distinction Reception fosters Virginia Tech’s goal to demonstrate continued appreciation for the outstanding achievements of students.